Abbas on US plan: ‘We say 1,000 times: No, no and no to the deal of the century’

PA leader rejects Trump peace outline in speech to Palestinian leaders, saying ‘Jerusalem is not for sale’; reaffirms commitment to opposing terrorism

By ADAM RASGON, TOI Today, 2:14 am

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking to Palestinian officials in Ramallah on January 28, 2020. (Credit: Wafa)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking to Palestinian officials in Ramallah on January 28, 2020. (Credit: Wafa)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas firmly rejected the Trump administration’s plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Tuesday, calling it the “the slap of the century.”

Abbas addressed the plan in a speech to senior Palestinian leaders, including representatives of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups, at the PA presidential headquarters in Ramallah.

“We say a thousand times: No, no and no to the ‘deal of the century,’” Abbas said, adding that the US plan “will not come to pass” and that “our people will send it to the dustbins of history.”

“We just heard President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu talking about the slap of the century. If God wills, we will strike them back with slaps,” he said.

Abbas spoke about an hour and a half after US President Donald Trump released the plan alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.

Breaking with past US administrations, the plan envisions the creation of a Palestinian state in about 70% of the West Bank, a small handful of neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, most of the Gaza Strip and some areas of southern Israel on condition that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state and Hamas and other terror groups in the Gaza Strip disarm.

The plan also calls for allowing Israel to annex settlements, granting the Jewish state sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and overriding security control west of the Jordan River, and barring Palestinians from entering Israel as refugees.

Abbas declared that “Jerusalem is not for sale” and the Palestinian people’s “rights are not for sale or bartering.”

“Will we accept a state without Jerusalem? It is impossible for any Palestinian, Arab, Muslim or Christian child to accept that,” he said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during an event with President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, to announce the Trump administration’s much-anticipated plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Palestinians have long demanded the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state along 1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The plan outlines a Palestinian capital in neighborhoods in Jerusalem and the West Bank situated on the side of the security barrier currently adjacent to areas under full or partial Palestinian control.

Abbas added that the Palestinians “are committed to fighting terrorism, but the world must understand that this people deserves a life.”

“We say to the world: We are not a terrorist people and we will never be one,” he said.

Since late 2017, the Trump administration has made several moves seen as marginalizing the Palestinians: recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, cutting hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians and the UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees, and closing the Palestine Liberation Organization representative office in Washington.

In response, the Palestinians have cut off ties with both the White House and the US State Department, but they have continued to communicate with American security officials.

Abbas also said that the Palestinians would immediately begin taking measures to change “the [Palestinian] Authority’s functional role” in order to implement recommendations made by PLO institutions over the past couple of years.

The Palestinian Central Council and the Palestinian National Council, top PLO bodies, issued a number of recommendations in 2018 and 2019 including calls for ending security cooperation with Israel.

Abbas did not clarify what explicit measures the Palestinians would take, or whether they would do away with agreements with Israel or put an end to security coordination between Israeli and Palestinian security forces.

The Palestinians have frequently threatened to renege on agreements with Israel in response to previous disagreements, but have yet to follow through.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad also quickly rejected the plan on Tuesday. Many Palestinians protested around the West Bank and Gaza, as the US embassy issued a travel advisory warning of potential terror attacks.

Before Trump spoke on Tuesday, Abbas held a rare phone call with Hamas head Ismail Haniyeh, in which they advocated for Palestinians standing together to “confront” the plan, the official PA news site Wafa reported. Abbas’s Fatah faction has been at loggerheads with Hamas for over a decade.

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  1. Listen or read abb’arse if trumps plans really upset, hurt, offend you pull up your socks and quick march from whence you came.
    North Africa sounds inviting, then there’s plenty of boats to a far better thing you can do such as sail to France.
    Just imagine stoning tour of France riders, removing art objects from the lourve as they offend you, turn Eiffel tower into a mosq, such fun can be had.

  2. The polite term for the fascist kleptocrats who want to continue doing everything in their power to ruin that region is ‘a bunch of recta’.

  3. This is an interesting op-ed in the Jerusalem Post. co-authored by Jason Greenblatt and the former director of Harvard’s Middle East Institute (naturally, he is an Arab and a former member of a Palestinian negotiating team. (So much for Harvard’s neutrality in the Arab-Israel conflict). Nevertheless, this Arab’s willingness to co-author an op-ed with Greenblatt, in which he writes that the Palestinians should accept the Trump-Greenblatt plan as a basis for negotiations with Israel, may indicate that the terrorists are beginning to lose their grip on Palestinian public opinion.

    Why the Palestinian leadership should not reject Trump’s peace plan
    We are hopeful that many Palestinians will see the advantages of counting to 10 before officially reacting to the proposed peace plan and the vision it contains for both Palestinians and Israelis.
    By JASON GREENBLATT, BISHARA A. BAHBAH JANUARY 27, 2020 15:58 Email Twitter Facebook fb-messenger
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives to meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman, last year. (photo credit: KHALIL MARZAAWI/REUTERS)
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives to meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman, last year.
    (photo credit: KHALIL MARZAAWI/REUTERS)
    This is a piece written by two friends. We do not see eye-to-eye on the conflict and many of the issues related to the conflict. While each of us would have written this piece differently if we had written it alone, it represents a negotiated “opinion” piece to reflect the collective thoughts that we agree upon. After all, that is how progress, and peace, is made.
    The Palestinian leadership is faced with a difficult and fateful decision regarding the unveiling of President Donald Trump’s peace plan for the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.
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    Given the unfortunate cutting of ties by the Palestinian Authority from the Trump administration, and judging from the public statements made by some among the Palestinian leadership, it would not surprise anyone if the Palestinian Authority’s first reaction will be outright rejection of the plan without even reading it. And what of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad? One does not have to wonder what their likely reactions will be.
    We are hopeful that many Palestinians will see the advantages of counting to 10 before officially reacting to the proposed peace plan and the vision it contains for both Palestinians and Israelis.
    Here are six reasons why the Palestinian leadership should review the plan, study it and systematically outline its objections to it – and then propose realistic, implementable amendments to the plan for consideration. The plan is an invitation to both sides for serious engagement.
    1. Build on the positive elements.
    Once Palestinian officials have had the chance to review President Trump’s peace plan, they can build on the positive elements within it, raise their objections to those provisions they oppose, propose alternative, realistic and implementable suggestions, and with diligence and diplomacy, achieve meaningful progress.
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    2. Learn from history.
    Time and avoidance have been among the Palestinians’ worst enemies. Israel grows and prospers while Palestinians, doing better economically in the West Bank, are still left further behind. Palestinians can keep waiting for a better deal, but in all likelihood, it may never come.
    It is time to negotiate in good faith to give the next generation of Palestinians a promising future. The Palestinian leadership needs to be pragmatic. Palestinians should recognize what is possible and refrain from being driven solely by what they view as just.
    Both sides can argue for decades over what they think is just. They will never agree. Instead, Palestinians should focus on a realistic and implementable plan that has the potential to bring great things to the Palestinians if the leadership negotiates well. Palestinian leaders will also have a real, very significant responsibility to implement what they successfully negotiate. They need to be ready for this so their people can benefit and finally succeed.
    3. Don’t count on President Trump not getting re-elected.
    If the Palestinian leadership is hoping that this year will be President Trump’s last year in office, they probably will be sorely disappointed. The likelihood of another presidential term for President Trump is extremely high.
    For Palestinians, this means that if they fail to deal with the Trump administration, they are potentially signing up for five more years of little to no progress for Palestinians. Is that what they want for their children?
    4. What about the two-state solution?
    Depending on how the plan reads, and however any entity established for Palestinians is defined, and whether it is demilitarized or not, and who must maintain security for all to be safe, what is the most important thing for Palestinians to focus on? Undoubtedly, a plan that gives Palestinians and Israelis peace of mind, security and safety in their own neighborhoods is of utmost importance to both Palestinians and Israelis. Palestinians also seek (and deserve) dignity and prosperity, while maintaining their distinct identity.
    5. Raise issues and concerns.
    Once around the negotiating table, Palestinians can work in good faith to raise their concerns. No one is stopping them from doing so. Whether what they ask for can be achieved is a different story. But if they do not come to the table to negotiate, once again they will miss an opportunity to see what they might achieve. The opportunities could be endless and so very promising if an agreement can be achieved based on the plan. It is time to seize the dream, not dash it against the rocks.
    6. Economic prosperity.
    A main Palestinian objection to their participation in the Bahrain Economic Conference held in 2019 was the introduction of the economic portion of the peace plan prior to the political portion. With the release of the political portion of the peace plan, Palestinians can now understand the tremendous advantages of the economic benefits that a signed peace agreement can provide to all Palestinians.
    Within a decade’s time, Palestinians can become economically successful, trading freely and securing investment from all over the world. There is no reason why Palestinians cannot become another “start-up” society. We both firmly believe it can.
    This is not an economic peace plan, but a successful economy is essential to a successful peace agreement and a successful Palestinian society. Americans and Israelis, among so many others, can be trading with and investing with Palestinians.
    If these reasons are not sufficient to entice the Palestinian leadership to get involved with President Trump’s peace plan, consider the alternative: Nothing more than the status quo, or continued worsening of conditions for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Is that really what Palestinians want?
    Palestinians have much to gain from reviewing the plan and working in good faith with President Trump and Israel. Palestinians have much to lose if they reject the proposed peace plan.
    It is time to seize this historic opportunity, as imperfect as some might view it to be, and find out if peace can finally be achieved. There is no perfect plan. It’s time to stop waiting for one.
    Jason D. Greenblatt is a former assistant to the president and special representative for international negotiations in the Trump administration. Follow him on Twitter at @GreenblattJD. Bishara A. Bahbah is a former member of the Palestinian delegation to the multilateral peace talks. He taught at Harvard University and was associate director of its Middle East Institute.

  4. To: The All Power Supreme Leader M. Abbas
    Fr: WM

    To His Royal Bad Karma Holocost Denierness,

    OK, be that way.

  5. Quoted in Robert Spencer’s Jihadwatch:

    [Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 26, 2020]

    The following are longer excerpts of the texts cited above:

    “The [Palestinian] National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) again expressed its objection to every plan, project, deal, or attempt to harm the Palestinian people’s inalienable rights…
    In a statement, the National Council yesterday [Jan. 26, 2020] demanded that the PLO Executive Committee implement all of the National Council and [PLO] Central Council’s decisions – and foremost among them the decision determining that the transition period has ended with all of the political, security, and financial obligations in it towards the Israeli occupation – and also to take all the necessary steps to encourage and escalate the resistance and the struggle against the occupation in all its forms and manners (i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror).
    This is in order to defend our people’s permanent rights, which [US President Donald] Trump’s administration and the occupation are attempting to eliminate through what is called ‘the deal of the century’ (i.e., refers to US President Donald Trump’s as yet unpublished Middle East peace plan, which he said he would reveal to Israeli leaders in late January 2020)…
    The [Palestinian] National and Islamic Forces of the Ramallah and El-Bireh district have declared the date of the announcement of ‘the deal of disgrace’ as a day of mass rage in response to the American-Israeli aggression, on which the Palestinian people will say its piece in one voice: the deal will not pass, and our people is capable of thwarting it.”

    [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 27, 2020]

    Palestinian National and Islamic Forces – an unaffiliated coordinating body comprised of representatives from factions in the PLO and outside the PLO. The Palestinian National and Islamic Forces were established in 2000 shortly after the start of the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada, 2000-2005), under the authorization of Yasser Arafat and the leadership of terrorist Marwan Barghouti. During the PA terror campaign it played an active role in coordinating political efforts and terror attacks against Israel, but since the end of the campaign it has been less significant and its activity is primarily centered in Gaza.

    Headline: “The Democratic National Coalition called to intensify the popular resistance”
    “The Palestinian Democratic National Coalition forces called to intensify the popular resistance (i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror) in all of the Palestinian territories. The forces – which include the Palestinian Liberation Front (PLF, a terror organization and PLO member; see note below –Ed.), the Arab Liberation Front, the Palestinian Arab Front, and the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front (i.e., all PLO members) – discussed ways of intensifying the popular resistance against the settlement, after their meeting at the Popular Struggle Front’s headquarters in Ramallah…

    The Democratic National Coalition forces called on the international community to pressure the extremist right-wing occupation government and [US President Donald] Trump’s administration, the occupation’s partner in its aggression against our people, to immediately stop the settlement and cease the attacks against the Palestinian national rights and sovereignty, in order to prevent pushing the region into a whirlpool of violence whose end will be bad and bitter.”

    [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 24, 2020]…

    This is a formal declaration of war against Israel by the PLO and all Palestinian terror organizations. They promise to engage in armed “resistance” (terrorism) to sabotage the Trump plan.

  6. Abbas sent Bibi in handwritten Arabic a letter that said if Bibi annexes any land in the West Bank he can that at any time stop the Security Coordination and cancel all the agreements of the Oslo Accords.

    So threat 99 in stopping the security cooperation.

    The trouble for the Pals with their threats are that they can riot and shoot some rockets but if it gets bad they will get squashed.

  7. Fatah has put out a song on Facebook threatening anyone who cooperates with the Trump Plan (see PMW for words).

    Trumps plan is dead for peace. That Pals have rejected it clearly and unequivocally. Israel hopefully will “annex” all the “Settlements” and the Jordan Valley and Northern Dead Sea Area”.

    Israel should MOST IMPORTANTLY START BUILDING IN E1 AND CONNECT IT (MALLAH ADUMIM) TO JERUSALEM NOW!!

  8. @ greenrobot:Build in E1 NOW.

    I am in favor of incentivized emigration to anywhere.

    Realistic perspective whereas Ted, has a Jordan is Palestine Concept, neither Israeli government or the USA have embraced this. The King in Jordan may have problems but he is still the ruler and the Israeli Defense Establishment and Government do not want to see him go.

    No Israeli political party that is likely to pass the threshold in the next election has taken up the banner of incentivized emigration to anywhere.

    For this ever to become realistic the government must covertly endorse it and and one or two NGOs carry it out. I see no near term likelihood of this.

  9. Israel can apply sovereignty in stages without anyone’s permission. Territory relinquished can’t be recovered. Israel should never agree to relinquish territory again. Haven’t we learned from Oslo and Gaza? Southern Lebanon and even Sinai, which is an endless hotbed of terror? Land taken in defensive war is not land that must be rellinquished in actual military law.

  10. @ Sebastien Zorn:I concur completely your above comment. No return of land it is just used against Israel.

    Bibi has said he agree to the deal ONLY because he believes the Pals will reject it and I concur with him on this. It is good to get the recognition of the USA for any land Israel applies sovereignty to.

  11. **************************************Abbas…An Unconscious Humourist***********************************

    As soon as I read the Abbas ‘renunciation”, I was immediately reminded of the old Leslie Sarony song, of the same name that Abbas spits, with the last two lines of each chorus ending in;

    “No, No, A thousand times No, I’d rather die than say yes”…….

    I recall people singing it, as a very young kid in Dublin…. An Elsie Carlisle hit……as I found much later, although I suppose nobody remembers her……except me..

    She was a terrific singer -especially with Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra

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