Palestine rejects Trump’s plan: Jerusalem and rights of Palestinians not for sale

[TamilNet, Thursday, 30 January 2020, 23:26 GMT]
US President Donald Trump proposed a plan to resolve the Israel-Palestine dispute, claiming his project as the “Deal of the Century,” while announcing it at the White House with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by his side on Tuesday. Mr Netanyahu hailed Mr Trump’s plan as a “great plan for Israel” and as “a great plan for peace.” For Palestinians, who were not involved in the negotiations at all, the proposed plan was nothing else than a major land-grabbing scheme as it allowed Israel to annex the territories under its control and to subject their statehood to conditions. Mahmoud Abbas, the president of Palestine, called the plan the “Slap of the Century.”

Mr Abbas, addressing the Palestinians in a televised speech in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, responded to Netanyahu and Trump saying “Jerusalem is not for sale, all our rights are not for sale and are not for a bargain. And your deal, the conspiracy, will not pass.”

Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters that Trump’s statement was “aggressive” and it would spark “a lot of anger”.

“Trump’s statement about Jerusalem is nonsense and Jerusalem will always be a land for the Palestinians ... The Palestinians will confront this deal and Jerusalem will remain a Palestinian land,” Abu Zuhri added.

The Palestinians have taken to streets in large numbers protesting against the plan across the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas Political Bureau told AFP that “all options have become legitimate for our Palestinian people and their forces in the face of the decisions of this aggressive and unfair deal which targets the Palestinian presence, land, people, history and identity.”

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