Palestinians urge Trump to work towards their state

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas waves during a ceremony of laying the foundation stone of Palestine-India Techno Park, near the West Bank city of Ramallah November 8, 2016

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’s office Wednesday called on U.S. president-elect Donald Trump to work towards a Palestinian state, with peace efforts with Israel long at a standstill.

“We are ready to deal with the elected president on the basis of a two-state solution and to establish a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders,” spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP, referring to the year when Israel occupied the West Bank.

Abu Rudeina said failure to resolve the decades-old conflict would mean “the unstable situation will continue in the region”.

The Palestinians remain deeply divided, with Abbas’s secular Fatah party dominating in the West Bank and Islamist movement Hamas in power in the Gaza Strip.

Reacting to Trump’s victory, Hamas said it did not expect a change in U.S. “bias” against the Palestinians.

“The Palestinian people do not count much on any change in the U.S. presidency because the U.S. policy towards the Palestinian issue is a consistent policy on the basis of bias,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP.

“Nevertheless, we hope that U.S. president Trump will re-evaluate this policy and rebalance it on the Palestinian issue.”

Peace efforts have been at a standstill since a U.S.-led initiative collapsed in April 2014.

Much remains unclear about how Trump will approach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, however he has already controversially said that he will move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Such a move would break with decades of precedent and put Washington at odds with nearly all U.N. member states.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the most difficult issues in the conflict.

The Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, while the Israelis call the entire city their eternal indivisible capital.

(Source / 09.11.2016)


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