Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday blamed Israel for ruining the ongoing Oslo Accords and said President Donald Trump's handling of the peace talks was a "slap in the face" to Palestinians.
While welcomed in Israel, Trump's declaration was met with anger by Palestinians, with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas saying the USA was no longer an honest broker in peace talks and the Gaza-based terror group Hamas calling for an intifada, or violent uprising.
The Palestine Liberation Organization Central Council began its two-day meeting in Ramallah on Sunday evening, convened to discuss the ramifications of the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. "We told him that the deal of the era is the slap of the era".
He said that the UN Security Council passed 86 resolutions in favor of Palestine, in spite of 43 USA vetoes and 705 UN General Assembly resolutions throughout the global body's history but none were implemented.
Israeli forces detained six Palestinians, including five members of the same family, during pre dawn raids on Friday in the northern occupied West Bank. Proposals include rescinding Palestinian recognition of Israel, pursuing Israel for war crimes at the International Criminal Court and advancing efforts for a Palestinian state to be recognized internationally.
The meeting was called in the wake of Trump's December 6 declaration on Jerusalem that deeply angered the Palestinians.
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President Abbas also recommended to the Council to rule out any role for the United States in mediating a peace solution with Israel, after the USA recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel, lashing out at the U.S. for its biased position toward the Palestinians.
Abbas said that "Israel has ended the Oslo agreement", and therefore the Central Council needs to think of "where should we go from here?" "On the phone? On television?"
Palestinian officials have said they will not meet U.S. Vice President Mike Pence when he visits Egypt, Jordan and Israel this month.
"We are committed to resolving the two states on the basis of worldwide legitimacy, the Arab peace initiative, and the state of Palestine on the 1967 borders", he said. Trump has responded by threatening to cut aid and to reduce US payments to the U.N.'s Palestinian refugee agency.
"I am saying that Oslo, there is no Oslo", Abbas said, referring to the agreements that led to the creation of the Palestinian Authority and envisioned a final resolution to the conflict.
Friedman, a supporter of West Bank settlements, accused a Palestinian of carrying out the attack late on Tuesday.