Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas abruptly decided on Thursday to suspend all agreements with Israel, in a significant escalation regarding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, according to WAFA news agency.
It comes following an urgent meeting of the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah, in which he announced the withdrawal of all deals signed with Israel and to form a commission to implement this decision, WAFA added.
“We will not acquiesce to (Israeli) dictates and its use to brutal force, especially in Jerusalem. All the state of occupation is doing is illegal and invalid,” Abbas said during the meeting.
Abbas added that there will not be peace, security or stability in the region or the world without Palestinian people enjoying their legitimate and full rights.
He also renewed his support to a just and comprehensive peace, asserting that this does not mean they would accept the occupation practices and measures.
Meanwhile, Abbas renewed his rejection of what become known as “deal of the century,” brokered by the United States. “Jerusalem is not for sale or bartering. It is not a real-state deal in a real-state company, Abbas affirmed.
Abbas’s move came days after Israel began to demolish dozens of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem it claims were illegally built. The operations were considered the largest of its kind in years.
Abbas has made his stance clear regarding US President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace plan. He affirmed that settling the Palestinian cause has to initially tackle the political reason, adding that the deal of the century “shall go to hell.”
The economic part of Trump peace plan was declared earlier in June during a US-sponsored workshop in Manama, Bahrain. It was led by Trump’s son-in-law and Senior Advisor, Jared Kushner.
The Palestinian authority boycotted the conference, announcing that it will not accept any settlement which does not include establishing an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.