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Failure of the “deal of the century”: Palestine broke with Israel and the United States

Failure of the "deal of the century": Palestine broke with Israel and the United States

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a leadership meeting in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank May 19, 2020. Alaa Badarneh/Pool via REUTERS

Palestine is breaking all agreements with Israel and the United States, including security agreements, said President Mahmoud Abbas. The reason for this step was the intention of Israel with the support of the United States to annex the territory of Palestine on the West Bank. Abbas emphasized that from now on, Israel as an occupying force bears all responsibility to the international community. Israel’s intentions are based on the “deal of the century” by Donald Trump.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on the eve of the termination of all agreements and arrangements with Israel and the United States. The reason for this step was the intention of Israel to take control of the disputed territories.

“The Palestine Liberation Organization and the State of Palestine are exempted from today from all agreements and arrangements with the governments of the United States and Israel and from all obligations based on these agreements and agreements, including in the field of security,” Abbas said at an emergency meeting of the Palestinian leadership.

The Palestine Liberation Organization voted to end its cooperation with Israel and the United States back in 2018 and provided Abbas with the opportunity to take this step. The president has threatened to stop cooperation several times, however, it is not yet clear how exactly his statement will affect the interaction of the parties, especially in the field of security.

Israeli media reported that Palestinian law enforcement officials were ordered to stop communication with Israeli counterparts. The problem, however, is that they need to coordinate with Israeli security officials even to move between areas on the West Bank.

In addition, a few weeks ago, Abbas already asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to organize a conference on the settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in Moscow, TASS reports citing Palestinian Ambassador to Russia Abdel Hafiz Nofal.

“This conference should create a new mechanism for negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians in order to put an end to the confrontation on the basis of a two-state solution,” he said.

Palestine’s concern is based on the “deal of the century” proposed in January 2020 by US President Donald Trump to resolve disputes between the parties.

The territorial conflict between Palestine and Israel has dragged on since 1967. Confrontation was repeatedly tried by international mediators, but it did not lead to any result. Donald Trump, however, believed that he could find a solution. The development of the “deal of the century” by the US Presidential Administration lasted almost three years. Its main architect is Jared Kushner, an adviser and son-in-law of the head of the White House.

On January 28, the American leader presented his plan. He proposed recognizing Jerusalem as the inseparable capital of Israel, but allowing Palestine to build its capital in the eastern part of the city. At the same time, the Arab state and the entire world community should recognize the sovereignty of Israel over the West Bank, it follows from the deal.

This arrangement did not suit Palestine, and there was no hope that the country’s leadership would agree to surrender Jerusalem. East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians consider the capital of their state, was occupied by Israel in 1967. Since then, the international community has considered this territory occupied. There are no embassies in Jerusalem. The UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly and many other international bodies have repeatedly demanded that Israel end the occupation.

In December 2017, Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transferred the US Embassy there, which provoked outrage from Palestine. Mahmoud Abbas also remembered this fact and referred to it, announcing his decision.

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