The Palestinian Authority has described the so-called peace plan meant to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a U.S. "conspiracy," which has been thwarted but still threatens the whole region.
In a statement carried by the official Wafa news agency on Saturday, Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said that U.S. President Donald Trump's much touted "deal of the century" had been foiled thanks to the “steadfastness” of the Palestinian people.
He, however, warned that the "conspiracy" could have unpredictable repercussions for the region.
"The region is now at a crossroads to decide the fate of principle issues that affect the higher interests of its peoples, which some parties may jeopardize by creating a clear break-up of nationalist position," Abu Rudeineh said.
He also called on the Palestinians and Arab countries "to stick together for the national interest to prevent the transformation of the deal of the century, which has slowed down but did not end, into a regional deal whose consequences cannot be predicted.”
Abu Rudeineh also touched on the issue of Jerusalem al-Quds, which the U.S. recognized last year as the “capital” of Israel.
Israel lays claim to the whole Jerusalem al-Quds, but the international community views the city’s eastern sector as an occupied territory and the Palestinians consider it as the capital of their future state.
“The tension in the region and the prevailing chaos are a natural result of not solving the Palestinian issue. As long as al-Quds is burning, the Arab world will continue to burn, which is contrary to the necessities of regional security,” Abu Rudeineh pointed out.
The Palestinian official also blasted Washington for its "bias" towards the Tel Aviv regime, warning of the policy's regional consequences.
“It is necessary now to restore the national spirit in the face of the sudden repercussions that the region maybe exposed to, especially the U.S. blatant bias towards Israel and the imbalance of power. All these have created heavy burdens that we must all bear and confront in order to reach safety and provide a better future for the region and its peoples,” he said.
Last month, White House special adviser Jared Kushner and U.S. Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt discussed the U.S. "peace" plan with officials in the occupied territories, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and Qatar. They, however, did not meet with Palestinian authorities during their regional tour.
Palestinian officials accused the U.S. envoys of working to topple the Palestinian Authority and permanently separate the West Bank from the blockaded Gaza Strip, stressing that Washington's purported efforts to resolve the decades-long dispute in the region are doomed to failure,.
The U.S.-Palestine ties deteriorated last December, when Washington recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel and announced plans to transfer the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.
The contentious move led President Mahmoud Abbas to formally declare that Palestinians would no longer accept the U.S. as a mediator to resolve the conflict because Washington was “completely biased” towards Tel Aviv.
The U.S. embassy relocation took place on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), sparking deadly clashes in Gaza.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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