Mahmoud Abbas Rejects U.S. as Mediator Between Palestine and Israel

HeadlineJan 16, 2018

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas slammed President Trump and the United States in a speech Sunday, saying Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was a slap in the face.

President Mahmoud Abbas: “The political negotiations should be under international mediation and not solely an American mediation. Should I make it clear? We do not accept America as a mediator between us and Israel. Now, we said no to Trump and others. No, we will not accept his project. We told them the 'deal of the century' is the slap of the century. And we will retaliate.”

On Monday, Palestinian leaders voted to call on the Palestine Liberation Organization to suspend its recognition of Israel until Israel recognizes the state of Palestine and stops the construction of Jewish-only settlements in the Israeli-occupied territories. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced protests when he arrived in New Delhi on Sunday as part of a six-day visit to India. Protesters demanded India cut ties with Israel over its treatment of Palestinians.

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