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Palestinian state without al-Quds as capital will not be accepted: PA spox

Iran Press TV

Tue Apr 24, 2018 05:02PM

The spokesman of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Palestinians will not accept any attempt aimed at the solution of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict without occupied Jerusalem al-Quds being the capital of Palestine.

"We tell those who try to circumvent the Arab Peace Initiative and legitimate international resolutions by proposing vague ideas or slogans that these attempts are doomed to failure because no one will accept them, and there will be no Palestinian or Arab interaction with them," Nabil Abu Rudeineh said in a statement published on the official Wafa news agency on Tuesday.

He added, "All solutions and ideas will fall short without establishing an independent Palestinian state with East al- Quds as its capital and on the 1967 borders, and a just solution to the refugee issue."

"Al-Quds with its holy site will remain the core of the Palestinian identity, and the key to peace, security and stability in the region and the whole world. We reiterate that any bogus and unclear idea will be futile, and will direct the region and the world towards more tensions and instability," Abu Rudeineh pointed out.

The occupied Palestinian territories have witnessed a new wave of tension ever since US President Donald Trump announced his decision on December 6 last year to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital and relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.

The dramatic shift in Washington's policy vis-à-vis the city triggered demonstrations in the occupied territories, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco and other Muslim countries.

On December 21 last year, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution that calls on the US to withdraw its controversial recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israeli "capital."

In an attempt to avert the resolution, Trump warned that "we're watching," threatening reprisals against countries that backed the measure, which had earlier faced a US veto at the UN Security Council.

Israel, however, rejected the world body's resolution while thanking Trump for his decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.

On January 18, the US reneged on a December pledge to contribute $45 million in food aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which supports more than 5 million registered Palestinian refugees and their descendants. The announcement came only two days after the US State Department said it would withhold another $65 million in funding to UNRWA.

The announcement to cut aid to Palestinian refugees came after the US president made a threat to cut off aid to the UN's Palestinian refugee agency.

In a series of tweets on January 2, Trump said that the US had paid "the Palestinians hundreds of millions of dollars a year" and yet got "no appreciation or respect."

"But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?" he asked.



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