The Palestinian Authority condemned the newly passed United Jerusalem Law according to which a majority vote of 80 Knesset members is required in order to make any changes regarding Jerusalem’s status or its borders. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesperson declared: “This vote clearly emphasizes that the Israeli side has officially declared an end to the diplomatic process.”
Abbas spokesman: “This is a declaration of war” Photo Credit: Flash90
Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesperson Nabil Abu Rdainah condemned today (Tuesday) both the United Jerusalem Law, which the Knesset passed on Monday, along with US President Donald Trump’s Jerusalem recognition. “This is a declaration of war against the Palestinian people and their political and religious identity,” Abu Rdainah said.
Abu Rdainah claimed that the United Jerusalem Law demonstrates Israel’s unwillingness to advance peace talks with the Palestinians. “This vote clearly emphasizes that the Israeli side has officially declared an end to the diplomatic process,” he said.
Jerusalem Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
Abbas’s spokesperson also addressed Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. “Trump’s decision has no legitimacy,” Abu Rdainah stated. “We will not allow any critical decision-making regarding the future of the region nor the world.”
Abu Rdainah warned of the ongoing “Israeli aggression” and that Israel’s “attempts to exploit the US decision will lead to the destruction of everything.” He also bid for an Arab, Islamic and international intervention “in order to confront Israel, which is pushing the entire region into an abyss.”
Earlier today, the Knesset passed the United Jerusalem Law, which is essentially an amendment to the Basic Law: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel. According to the newly passed amendment, a majority vote of 80 Knesset members is now required in order to hand over any of Jerusalem’s land as part of a diplomatic agreement or to make any changes regarding the city’s status.