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Abbas: We will not accept Abu Dis or Al-Eizariya as capital of Palestinian State

February 8, 2020 at 11:01 am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank on 28 January 2020 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

“We will not accept Abu Dis or Al-Eizariya, as the capital of the Palestinian State,” announced President of Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, stressing: “Without Jerusalem, which was occupied in 1967, we will never accept this state.”

This came during his reception for official figures and representatives of civil society at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, on Thursday evening.

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Trump and Netanyahu’s love affair around Jerusalem and Palestine’s fate – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

“We are now facing the truth; we are facing fate and this battle will not be the last. We will not give up our rights given by international legitimacy,” confirmed Abbas.

He also insisted in his speech: “There is no concession on Jerusalem, and we will not accept Abu Dis or Al-Eizariya, as they want. Our capital is Jerusalem and Al-Haram.”

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“In a word, the ‘Deal of the Century’ (Trump’s peace plan) is the conclusion of the Balfour Declaration, and what Balfour said in 1917 is what is now presented to the Palestinian people,” Abbas continued.

Last week, US President Donald Trump announced the “Deal of the Century”, in a press conference in Washington, in the presence of Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

The plan, which was rejected by the Palestinian Authority and all the resistance factions, includes the establishment of a “connected” Palestinian State, in the form of an archipelago connected by bridges and tunnels, in addition to making the city of Jerusalem an undivided capital for Israel.