Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Monday that the US deal of the century does not give even the least amount of justice to the Palestinians, news agencies have reported.
Speaking at an African Union summit, Shtayyeh said that the deal includes neither “real sovereignty” for the Palestinians nor free control over their own border crossings.
What’s more, said the PA official, the so-called “peace plan” gives all of the city of Jerusalem to Israel as well as 40 per cent of the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967. “While allotting disconnected strips of territory to the Palestinians, Donald Trump’s deal allows Israel to annex its illegal settlements in the West Bank, maintaining 720,000 Jewish settlers illegally in our land which Israel occupied by force.”
Shtayyeh reiterated the PA’s respect for international law and institutions, and stressed that he is sticking to the two-state solution.
Furthermore, he pointed out that those who have put the deal together do not acknowledge that Israel is occupying Palestinian land. “It is a military occupation which is a violation of international law, and should be recognised as such.”
The PA Prime Minister called for the African Union to reiterate its opposition to Trump’s deal, which has been rejected by the Arab and Islamic world, as well as Russia, the EU, China and Canada.
He concluded by saying that the PA is extending its hands for peace and that this is supported by several countries around the world.