Palestine: Mahmoud Abbas ends all agreements with Israel and the United States

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has declared the end of all agreements with Israel and the United States. At a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah, Abbas said, according to the Wafa news agency, security agreements were also affected. The Israeli newspaper “Haaretz” reported unanimously.

The background to this is Israel’s plans to annex the occupied West Bank. Abbas had previously threatened to end all agreements, but had not yet implemented this. In accordance with the Middle East plan by US President Donald Trump The settlements in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley should be added to Israel.

The Palestinians are promised a separate state for this, albeit under tough conditions. Jerusalem is also said to remain the undivided capital of Israel. In addition, at least initially, the Palestinians would not be given security control over their own borders. The plans are highly controversial internationally.

Abbas had rejected the plans from the start. Israel must now take responsibility for the occupied territories, the Palestinian President said, according to Wafa. The United States is said to be “fully responsible for the oppression of the Palestinian people” as a partner to an occupying power.

The Palestinians have been boycotting the U.S. government since Trump unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in late 2017. The EU announced in February that that she rejects Trump’s plan.

Israel conquered the West Bank and East Jerusalem during the Six Day War in 1967. The Palestinians are demanding the areas for their own state – with East Jerusalem as the capital. With the US government’s Middle East plan, tensions between Israelis and Palestinians had increased again – most recently, Israeli soldiers were shot dead a suspected Palestinian attacker in a car.

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