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Palestinians cut ties with Israel and US

Filed on February 2, 2020 | Last updated on February 2, 2020 at 04.56 am
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Arab leaders also vowed "not to ... cooperate with the US administration to implement this plan".

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas announced on Saturday severing of all ties with Israel and the United States, including security cooperation, after Washington unveiled a controversial Middle East plan seen as favouring Israel.

His comments came as the Arab League rejected US President Donald Trump's plan, which infuriated the Palestinians.

"We are informing you that there will be no relations with you (Israel) and the United States, including on security cooperation," Abbas said at an extraordinary meeting of the pan-Arab bloc in Cairo.

The Palestinian leader said the move followed the "disavowal of signed agreements and international legitimacy" by the US and Israel.

Israel will have to "bear responsibility as an occupying power" for the Palestinian territories and Palestinians will press ahead with resistance using peaceful means, he said.

In a statement released afterwards, the Arab League said it rejected Trump's plan as it failed to meet "the minimum rights and aspirations of Palestinian people".

Arab leaders also vowed "not to ... cooperate with the US administration to implement this plan".

They insisted on a two-state solution that includes a Palestinian state based on borders before the 1967 Six-Day War - when Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza - and with east Jerusalem as its capital.

The US plan suggests that Israel would retain control of the contested city of Jerusalem as its "undivided capital" and annex settlements on Palestinian lands.

Trump said the Palestinians would be allowed to declare a capital adjacent to Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem. He announced the plan on Tuesday flanked by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Abbas said the US plan was in "violation of the (autonomy) accords" launched in Oslo in 1993 by Israel and the Palestinians.

The Trump plan gives Israel the green light to annex the strategic Jordan Valley - constituting some 30 per cent of the West Bank - and all Israeli settlements.

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