Palestinians: If Jerusalem is Off the Table, Peace is Off the Table

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Palestinian officials denounced, on Thursday, renewed statements by US President Donald Trump that Jerusalem is off the negotiating table and threats to cut all US aid to the Palestinians if they do not return to the negotiating table with Israel, saying that, if Jerusalem is off the negotiating table, then peace and the US are off the table, as well.

Trump defended, in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, his decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel, and said that hundreds of millions of dollars in US aid are not going to the Palestinians “unless they sit down and negotiate peace.”

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for PA President Mahmoud Abbas, told reporters in Ramallah that the US “policy of threats, starvation and capitulation will not work with the Palestinian people.”

“The issue of Jerusalem is a sacred one. It is the key to war and peace in the region. It is not for sale with all the money in the world and the threat of cutting aid to UNRWA is totally unacceptable,” he said, according to WAFA.

Abu Rudeineh was referring to the US decision, earlier this month, to cut $65 million from the US annual contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees to punish the Palestinians for refusing to accept the US and Israeli conditions for negotiations that include taking Jerusalem off the negotiating table.

Abu Rudeineh reiterated the Palestinian commitment to peace based on United Nations General Assembly and Security Council resolutions, as well as the decisions of the Arab summits and the Arab Peace Initiative that support the two-state solution for establishing an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

“Unless the US administration retracts its decision regarding the occupied city of Jerusalem, it will have no role in the peace process. If Jerusalem is off the table, then the US will be off the table as well,” he stressed.

Chief Palestinian negotiator and secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, echoed Abu Rudeineh’s words.

“President Trump’s statement only reaffirms that the US has disqualified itself from playing a role in achieving peace. His comments on Jerusalem should serve as a wakeup call for Arab leaders and decision makers, as well as to the rest of the world,” he said in a statement.

“Jerusalem is not off the negotiations table; rather the US is outside the international consensus. Those who say that Jerusalem is off the table are saying that peace is off the table. The holy city is in the hearts of each and every Palestinian, Arab, Christian and Muslim, and there will be no peace without East Jerusalem being the sovereign capital of the State of Palestine.”

Erekat added, “Today’s message is clear: President Trump is blackmailing and punishing the Palestinian people for fighting and believing in their freedom and human rights per international law and UN resolutions. President Trump could buy many things with his money, but he won’t be able to buy the dignity of our nation.”

“This is not a game for the people of Palestine. It is about our very existence that continues to be denied by Israel with full US support. As the US Administration insists to continue promoting international anarchy and rewarding violations of international law, we will continue to use all available political, diplomatic and legal venues in order to achieve the long overdue rights of the Palestinian people, most importantly our right to self-determination.”



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3 Responses

  1. Trump is not the deal maker he said he was. He holds groups hostage according to his whims whether it’s the Palestinians or the young immigrants. Hopefully, the world will side with the Palestinians and Trump can be an outsider like he has shown himself.

  2. “Peace is Off the Table”, peace was never on the table with Israel. Peace with Israel will only happen with the reform of Israel. Peace with Zionist Israel is no more possible than peace in segregationist America or Apartheid South Africa. The solution to Peace in Israel is the same as it was in America and South Africa: equal rights.

  3. The U.S.A. needs to be taken out of the equation when it comes to any peace negotiations. They contribute nothing. Peace talks might better be moved to Switzerland and a mediator brought in from one of the Scand. countries or Taiwain or Japan. Some country which is not affiliated with the mess.

    Trump doesn’t want peace in the area. He wants Benni to be happy and Benni is just another thug.

    Any negotiations need to be based on equal footings. As to the Americans not contributing to the health and welfare of the children of Palestine, well have the other countries kick it up a notch and leave the Americans just out of it. It is time to send Trump and his supporters a message: You don’t want to play nice, you don’t play at all.

    No one gave Israel all of Jerusalem. It contravenes international law to just grab another’s land. Sort of like Russia grabbing parts of Ukraine. Israel needs to negotiate with the Palestinians in a meaningful manner and the rest of the countries need to get over their guilt from WW II. Israel was founded because the western countries were consumed with guilt following WW II. Like if they had taken refugees there might not have been quite the number of dead in the gas chambers. Israel can’t keep playing their equivalent of a “race card” and do to Palestinian children what the Nazi’s did to Jewish children. the end result was a lot of dead kids.

    I support Israel and its right to exist, I’m just not into Benni’s shit. It smacks of racism which has nothing to do with the defense of Israel. Our grandfather was the only surviving member of his family after the Holocaust. Our Mother used to say, it could always happen again. We just didn’t know this time it would happen to the Palestinian children.

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