אבו מאזן
Mahmoud Abbas attends the Arab League meeting in Cairo on Saturday
Photo: AFP
Mahmoud Abbas attends the Arab League meeting in Cairo on Saturday

Palestinians cut ties with Israel, U.S. after rejecting Trump peace plan

At Arab League meeting, America's Arab allies join warning that there can be no peace without recognizing Palestinian right to statehood based on 1967 borders

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Published: 02.02.20 , 08:47
The Palestinian Authority has cut all ties with the United States and Israel, including those relating to security, after rejecting a Middle East peace plan presented by U.S. President Donald Trump, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday.
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  • Abbas was in Cairo to address the Arab League, which backed the Palestinians in their opposition to Trump's plan.
    אבו מאזןאבו מאזן
    Mahmoud Abbas attends the Arab League meeting in Cairo on Saturday
    (Photo: AFP)
    The blueprint, endorsed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calls for the creation of a demilitarized Palestinian state that excludes Israel's West Bank settlements and is under near-total Israeli security control.
    "We've informed the Israeli side ... that there will be no relations at all with them and the United States including security ties," Abbas told the one-day emergency meeting, called to discuss Trump's plan.
    Israeli officials had no immediate comment on his remarks.
    Israel and the Palestinian Authority's security forces have long cooperated in policing areas of the West Bank that are under Palestinian control.
    דונלד טראמפ ובנימין נתניהו בחשיפת תוכנית המאה דונלד טראמפ ובנימין נתניהו בחשיפת תוכנית המאה
    Benjamin Netanyahu watches as Donald Trump unveils his Mideast peace plan at the White House last week
    (Photo: Getty Images)
    The PA also has intelligence cooperation agreements with the CIA, which continued even after the Palestinians began boycotting the Trump administration's peace efforts in 2017.
    Abbas also said he had refused to discuss the plan by with Trump by phone, or to receive even a copy of it to study it.
    "Trump asked that I speak to him by phone but I said 'no', and that he wants to send me a letter ... but I refused it," he said.
    Abbas said he did not want Trump to be able to say that he, Abbas, had been consulted.
    He reiterated his "complete" rejection of the Trump plan, presented on Tuesday. "I will not have it recorded in my history that I sold Jerusalem," he said.

    'No Palestine, no peace'

    The blueprint also proposes U.S. recognition of Israeli settlements and of Jerusalem as Israel's indivisible capital.
    The Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo said the plan did not meet the minimum aspirations of Palestinians, and that the League would not cooperate with the United States in implementing it.
    The ministers affirmed Palestinian rights to create a future state based on the land captured and occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War, with East Jerusalem as capital, the final communique said.
    אבו מאזן מגיע ל קהיראבו מאזן מגיע ל קהיר
    Mahmoud Abbas arrives for the Arab League meeting in Cairo on Saturday
    (Photo: Reueters)
    Foreign ministers from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, three close U.S. allies, as well as Iraq, Lebanon and others said there could be no peace without recognizing Palestinian rights to establish a state based on the 1967 borders.
    After Trump unveiled his plan, some Arab powers had appeared, despite historic support for the Palestinians, to prioritize close ties with the United States and a shared hostility towards Iran over traditional Arab alliances.
    Three Gulf Arab states - Oman, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates - attended the White House gathering where Trump announced his plan alongside Netanyahu.
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