İrem UZUN -TDO- Palestinian leaders on Tuesday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's peace proposal as an unacceptable capitulation to Israel that tramples on the long-standing aspirations of their people. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas vowed the initiative unveiled in Washington would fail. "This conspiracy deal will not pass. Our people will take it to the dustbin of history," he said after a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah of various Palestinian factions including Islamist group Hamas, which pledged to "resist the deal in all its forms".
Speaking on Tuesday, Abbas said it was "impossible for any Palestinian, Arab, Muslim or Christian child to accept" a Palestinian state without Jerusalem as its capital. "We say a thousand times, no, no, no," he said. "We rejected this deal from the start and our stance was correct." The militant Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, also rejected the deal which it said aimed "to liquidate the Palestinian national project. Benjamin Netanyahu described Trump's plan as the "deal of the century" and said they will not miss this opportunity.
The plan, 'Mideast Peace Plan' as Trump called, envisions a disjointed Palestinian state that turns over key parts of the occupied West Bank to Israel. It sides with Israel on key contentious issues that have bedevilled past peace efforts, including borders and the status of Jerusalem and illegal Jewish settlements, and attaches nearly impossible conditions for granting the Palestinians their hoped-for state. Palestinians took to the streets on Wednesday as part of a "day of rage" called by political factions. They burned tires and pictures of Trump and Netanyahu in northern West Bank.