- Abbas: Trump’s Peace Plan Will Fail, Balfour Declaration is a ‘Conspiracy’
by TOI STAFF, https://www.timesofisrael.com/
PA chief vows to reject US leader’s ‘deal of the century,’ but says ‘occupation will end’; Israeli TV report: US envoy says peace plan to be released soon.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas vowed Saturday to reject the Trump administration’s “deal of the century” for Israeli-Palestinian peace and decried what he called efforts to separate the West Bank from the Gaza Strip.
Abbas’s remarks came as Israeli television reported US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace envoy has said the White House will soon publish its peace plan and both Israel and the Palestinians would need to make compromises.
In a speech marking 14 years since the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s death, Abbas said Palestinians were in “one of the most dangerous stages” in their history and still contending with the “conspiracy” of the Balfour Declaration, a 1917 statement pledging British backing for a Jewish state in historic Palestine.
“The occupation will end,” Abbas said, while reiterating he will only accept a peace deal that establishes a Palestinian state on the so-called 1967 lines with a capital in East Jerusalem.