Addressing US President Donald Trump’s pronouncements that the Jerusalem issue has been taken ‘off the table,’ Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas stressed on Thursday that the US will not be part of any negotiation that does not include the issue of Jerusalem.









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Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday addressed US President Donald Trump’s statement that Jerusalem has been taken “off the negotiating table,” saying, “If the issue of Jerusalem remains off the table, the US will too.”

Meanwhile, Trump’s envoy the UN Nikki Haley slammed Abbas during a UN Security Council meeting, focusing her criticism around a speech Abbas made last week, during which he let out an Arabic curse word directed at Trump.

“He rejected any American role in peace talks. He insulted the American president. He called for suspending recognition of Israel,” Haley said. “A speech that indulges in outrageous and discredited conspiracy theories is not the speech of a person with the courage and the will to seek peace.”

“I ask here today, where is the Palestinian King Hussein? Where is the Palestinian Anwar Sadat?” Haley added, referring to Egypt’s former president who in 1977 delivered a speech at the Knesset calling for peace. “If President Abbas demonstrates he can be that type of leader, we would welcome it. His recent actions demonstrate the total opposite.”