US Isn’t A Suitable Mediator For Talks With Israel – Palestinian Leader

On Sunday, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said that Palestine doesn’t recognise the US as the mediator in negotiations between Israel and Palestine.

It was recently reported that the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), passed on details of a deal proposed by US President Donald Trump to the Palestinian authorities.

In late 2017, President Trump controversially reversed the US’ long-standing policy of not recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, triggering a wave of protests internationally.

“We said ‘no’ to Trump. We will not accept the so-called ‘deal of the century’…. We will not recognise the United States as a mediator in the negotiations with Israel,” Mahmoud Abbas said at the Palestine Liberation Organization‘s Central Committee meeting, which discussed Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Mr Abbas later said that he had already declined to meet with the US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman.

“Jerusalem is our capital whether they want it or not. We will stay here and we are not going anywhere despite [Israel’s] occupation and settlements [on the Palestinian territories],” Abbas added.