The Palestinian Authority has cut all ties with the United States and Israel including security relations after rejecting a Middle East peace plan presented this week by U.S. President Donald Trump, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday (February 1) that the Palestinian Authority has cut all ties with the United States and Israel, after rejecting a Middle East peace plan presented by U.S. President Donald Trump earlier this week.
The plan, which is endorsed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calls for the creation of a demilitarised Palestinian state that excludes Israeli settlements built in occupied territory and is under near-total Israeli security control.
Addressing the Arab League in Cairo, Abbas said security relations will also be severed.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT, MAHMOUD ABBAS, SAYING: "We (Palestinian authority) inform you (Israeli government) that there will be no ties either with you or the U.S., as we have said the same to the U.S., including security ties.
This is in light of your renouncing of all signed agreements under the international legitimacy.
You, Israelis, should bear the full responsibility as a force of occupation." Foreign ministers from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, among others, said there could be no peace without recognizing Palestinian rights and a comprehensive solution.
Former San Francisco district attorney Kimberly Guilfoyle has refashioned herself as a female version of President Donald Trump. Now, she's a conservative influencer for legions of female Trump supporters and is dating President Donald Trump's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr. According to Business Insider, Guilfoyle got everyone talking with her speech at the virtual Republican National Convention in August.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Israel on Sunday for treatment of a worsening case of COVID-19, the Palestine Liberation Organization said. Soraya Ali reports.
Ventriloquist Abed Alsalam Abdo and his nearly life-sized puppet both donned red fez hats as they sang this week in a street festival in the Israeli-occupied West Bank aimed at preserving Palestinian heritage.
The military leader of Sudan's sovereign council says a recently announced "normalization" deal with Israel benefits both sides, despite some opposition at home and suggestions that Khartoum was pressured into compliance. David Doyle reports.
Israel and Sudan agreed on Friday to take steps to normalize relations in a deal brokered with the help of the United States. President Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed what he called the start of a “new era”. But other nations, including Iran, are less happy about the agreement. Lauren Anthony reports.
Students in the Arab world, including refugees, who wish to advance their education no longer need to worry about a language barrier - thanks to a new Arabic programme offered by an online, tuition-free U.S.-based university.