Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ son met with a senior US official in secret to discuss his proposals for a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Tarek Abbas met with America’s Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York last September and told him that he does not believe a two-state solution is viable.
Instead, Tarek continued, he believes one state with equal rights for all its citizens would be the only way as illegal settlements made any other option impossible.
“I support a one-state solution between the Jordan [river] and the Mediterranean Sea, with equal rights for all its citizens,” US-based news site Axios quoted him saying.
Tarek’s views put him at odds with his father who has always defended the two-state solution as the only workable option for Palestinians and Israelis.
Since the meeting the US unilaterally recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital and moved its embassy there, leading the PA to boycott a visit by US Vice President Michel Pence to the region. The Palestinian Authority also said “the American administration lost its qualification as a mediator and sponsor of the peace process”.