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Palestine: PLO vows to act against Israel's Jerusalem bill

Top News2018-01-03

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) vowed on Tuesday to act against Israeli parliament's vote to consolidate its sovereignty on Jerusalem, official Palestinian radio Voice of Palestine reported. "It is part of new U.S.-Israel collaboration to destroy the two-state principle" after U.S. President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, said Saeb Erekat, secretary general of PLO. The Palestinian leadership is determined to face "all American and Israeli attempts by acting to obtain full UN membership for the state of Palestine as well as going to the UN Security Council, the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court," he added. Erekat also said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has outlined a strategy, "the most important of which is to end the division and return unity to the homeland." According to the top PLO official, Palestinians have held 36 meetings with the U.S. administration in hope of relaunching a serious peace process. "But the Americans have breached all their commitments" and Abbas has responded by declaring the current U.S. administration "is no longer part of the solution by part of the problem," Erekat said. Earlier in the day, the Israeli parliament passed a bill that stipulates a two-third support of its members before any Israeli government can give up control over any part of Jerusalem, which Israel believes is an indivisible part of Israel. The bill, which is an amendment to Israeli basic law, prevents any division of Jerusalem, thus practically allowing no future negotiations over the holy city. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) vowed on Tuesday to act against Israeli parliament's vote to consolidate its sovereignty on Jerusalem, official Palestinian radio Voice of Palestine reported.

"It is part of new U.S.-Israel collaboration to destroy the two-state principle" after U.S. President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, said Saeb Erekat, secretary general of PLO.

The Palestinian leadership is determined to face "all American and Israeli attempts by acting to obtain full UN membership for the state of Palestine as well as going to the UN Security Council, the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court," he added.

Erekat also said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has outlined a strategy, "the most important of which is to end the division and return unity to the homeland."

According to the top PLO official, Palestinians have held 36 meetings with the U.S. administration in hope of relaunching a serious peace process.

"But the Americans have breached all their commitments" and Abbas has responded by declaring the current U.S. administration "is no longer part of the solution by part of the problem," Erekat said.

Earlier in the day, the Israeli parliament passed a bill that stipulates a two-third support of its members before any Israeli government can give up control over any part of Jerusalem, which Israel believes is an indivisible part of Israel.

The bill, which is an amendment to Israeli basic law, prevents any division of Jerusalem, thus practically allowing no future negotiations over the holy city.

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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