By Khaled Abu Toameh, Jerusalem Post—
The Palestinian leadership will soon dispatch delegations to several countries as part of its effort to rally support for its opposition to US President Donald Trump’s upcoming plan for peace in the Middle East, also known as the “deal of the century.”
Palestinian officials in Ramallah told The Jerusalem Post that the delegations will also brief world leaders on the measures the Palestinian leadership intends to take in response to Trump’s plan and Israeli “violations” of agreements signed with the Palestinians.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and other officials in Ramallah have hinted that the measures would include revoking Palestinian recognition of Israel and suspending security coordination with the IDF in the West Bank.
PLO and Fatah institutions have recommended “revising” all ties with Israel in response to Israel’s “failure to implement all agreements” signed with the Palestinians, including the 1993 Oslo Accords. They also recommended that the PA leadership halt the security coordination and withdraw the PLO’s recognition of Israel.
In 1993, PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, in a letter to former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, wrote that the PLO “recognizes the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and accepts United Nations Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338.”
“We will launch an international campaign to foil Trump’s deal of the century,” a PLO official in Ramallah told the Post. “We want the world to know that this is a dangerous conspiracy to liquidate our cause and national rights.”
PA Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh again attacked Trump’s unseen plan and said it was aimed at “blackmailing” the Palestinians.
“Those who believe that the Palestinians could be blackmailed are mistaken,” Shtayyeh said during a visit to Nablus. “We say no and 1,000 no’s to any initiative that does not meet the minimum demands of the Palestinian people.” Continue Reading….