The PA President Mahmoud Abbas has addressed ministers of Arab countries during a conference in Cairo.
In the speech, the PA President accused the Israeli government of “violating all signed agreements,” and said Prime Minister Netanyahu “does not believe in peace”.
Abbas also said the U.S. mocks the Palestinian people because President Trump had told him in private that he believed in a two-state solution, just a mere few weeks before announcing the transfer of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
“We met with Trump several times and were satisfied with what they were telling us up until our fourth meeting when Trump agreed to say he believes in two states within the 1967 borders,” Abbas said
The Palestinian president said that following the embassy move he decided to freeze relations with the U.S. government. However, he did concede that there continues to be cooperation with the U.S. when it comes to fighting terrorism.
”Although some agreements continue to this day, for instance, the international security coordination between the PA and the US as part of the anti-terrorism agreements,” Abbas said.
Abbas also expressed frustration that President Trump gave legitimacy to the illegal settlements in the West Bank and has recognized Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights.
“Just as we do not recognize the annexation of Jerusalem, neither will we allow the annexation of the Golan and the occupied Lebanese lands,” he said.
It has been widely been reported that the Trump Administration’s peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will not include the establishment of a Palestinian state.
The peace plan is expected to be presented by the Trump administration after the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.