Palestinian President Rejects US Peace Plan, Jerusalem Not for Sale

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, speaks during a meeting with the Palestinian Central Council at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. (AP)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said “a thousand no’s” Tuesday to the Mideast peace plan announced by President Donald Trump, which strongly favors Israel.

“After the nonsense that we heard today we say a thousand no’s to the Deal of The Century,” Abbas also said at a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

“I say to Trump and Netanyahu: Jerusalem is not for sale; all our rights are not for sale and are not for bargain. And your deal, the conspiracy, will not pass.”

Ending the Israeli occupation

He said the Palestinians remain committed to ending the Israeli occupation. They are to establish a state with its capital in east Jerusalem.

“We will not kneel and we will not surrender,” Abbas also said, adding that the Palestinians would resist the plan through “peaceful, popular means.”

The plan would create a Palestinian state in parts of the West Bank. However, it would allow Israel to annex nearly all of its settlements in the occupied territory.

The plan would allow the Palestinians to establish a capital on the outskirts of east Jerusalem but would leave most of the city under Israeli control.

Hamas movement rejected the conspiracies

The Hamas movement rejected the “conspiracies” announced by the US and Israel. He also said “all options are open” in responding to the Trump administration’s plan.

“We are certain that our Palestinian people will not let these conspiracies pass. So, all options are open. The (Israeli) occupation and the US administration will bear the responsibility for what they did” Senior Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya said.

Senior Hamas official also participated in one of several protests that broke out across the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Abbas held an emergency meeting with other Palestinian factions, including Hamas, to discuss a unified response to the plan. Abbas had rejected the deal before it was announced saying the US was hopelessly biased toward Israel.