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Abbas seeks ‘new strategy’ towards Israel, U.S. and Hamas

PA president under increased pressure, feels there is a conspiracy to undermine Palestinian Authority and eliminate Palestinian rights.
At the request of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, PLO and Fatah officials are scheduled to meet later this month to devise a new policy towards Israel and the US, and decide on the future of relations with Hamas, Palestinian officials in Ramallah said on Monday.

The officials told The Jerusalem Post that Abbas will ask the representatives of the two bodies – the PLO and Fatah – to endorse a series of measures that will determine the future of the PA’s relations with Israel, the US and Hamas.“The time has come for decisive decisions,” one official told the Post. “President Abbas feels that he is facing a conspiracy to undermine the Palestinian Authority and eliminate Palestinian rights.”

Another PA official said that Abbas has reached the conclusion that the US administration and the Israeli government are “determined to destroy the two-state solution in order to pave the way for the implementation” of US President Donald Trump’s plan for peace in the Middle East, which is also known as the “Deal of the Century.”

The officials said that Abbas was now considering a number of measures that would “send a strong message” to the international community.

“We’re under attack by the US administration and Israel,” the officials argued. “This requires the Palestinian leadership to take unprecedented and important steps to counter this offensive.”

The PLO Central Council will meet in Ramallah on October 28 to discuss the measures that need to be taken in the face of this “fierce onslaught targeting the Palestinian national project and Palestinian rights, including the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital,” said Salim Za’noun, Speaker of the Palestine National Council, the PLO’s parliament.

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