BY LILACH SHOVAL, DANIEL SIRYOTI, NITZI YAKOV AND EREZ LINN, JNS—

Abbas declared that he would not engage with the ‎‎United States on peace talks after Trump ‎recognized Jerusalem ‎as Israel’s capital last year ‎and subsequently ‎relocated the U.S. embassy in ‎Israel from Tel ‎Aviv to Jerusalem—moves the Palestinian leader ‎maintains illustrate Trump’s pro-Israel bias and ‎‎disqualify America from acting as an impartial ‎peace ‎broker between Israel and the Palestinians.‎ ‎

The moderate Arab leaders of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, ‎Egypt and the United Arab ‎Emirates have said that ‎given Abbas’s position, they see no other choice but ‎to go over his head ‎and have decided to back ‎Washington’s decision to ‎present the peace plan to ‎the Palestinian people ‎directly. ‎

According to Arab diplomats familiar with the ‎details of the plan, the American scheme includes a ‎long-term cease-fire agreement between Israel and ‎the Gaza-based terrorist groups. ‎

Once the cease-fire agreement proves lasting, a ‎series of economic programs will be implemented to ‎improve the situation in Gaza, where unemployment ‎nears 50 percent. These projects, as well as a series of ‎infrastructural rehabilitation plans, including the ‎construction of a special Palestinian port in Cyprus, will be sponsored by the international community. ‎

The moderate Arab countries have urged Abbas to ‎engage with the Americans, saying that otherwise, he ‎risks rendering his government irrelevant, but to no ‎avail.‎

Continue Reading…