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Hamas responded: “This decision will not deter us from continuing the resistance option to expel the occupation."
"If this body were really united for peace, it would pass a resolution condemning Palestinian violence.”
Palestinian Authority Leadership Condemns Historic US Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Capital of Israel
"This is the most dangerous decision that any U.S. president has ever taken."
"In practice, by closing the [PLO mission in Washington] they are freezing all meetings and we are making that official."
Israeli officials are saying that Trump and his administration have not yet decided who is the obstacle to the negotiations – Israel or the PA.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced Friday that the PA had violated a provision in a US law which says the PLO mission in DC would be closed down should the PA approach the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israelis for crimes against PA Arabs.
"This obsession with Israel will have a price tag, with the organization and the member states will have to devote dozens of hours, add days of debates, and sit through long discussions."
The report claims that during the decade of the blockade there has been an increase of half a million civilians in Gaza, without any improvement in services. Instead, poverty, unemployment and the decline in purchasing power have increased dramatically.
Nuclear war threats, but will it really happen?
“There should only be one authority, one weapon, one law, and one political program based on the Palestine Liberation Organization’s agenda."
Both the Hamas in Gaza and the PLO in Judea and Samaria have not held parliamentary elections in more than a decade, and it remains to be seen who would win such an election – should the PA government call one.
A source in Ramallah noted that Abbas' internal political rivals, headed by Muhammad Dahlan, are much more likely to find themselves under an Interpol extradition order than Israeli officials.
The trip is taking place as part of the dissolution of Gaza’s administrative committee, brokered with Hamas by Egypt.
"In recent months there has been a major deterioration in my situation," Erekat said. "I need oxygen and have difficulty walking, and every day I expect two lungs to be implanted."
The Russian top diplomat reminded his audience of the PLO's failure to embrace Israeli generous offers in Camp David and Annapolis in the US.
The move also represents Hamas' aspiration to get a seat at the table should President Donald Trump's efforts at restoring the "peace process" with Israel succeed.
Israel contends there is no existent legal ‘State of Palestine’ and thus it cannot be accepted as a member at the UN or in any of its agencies.
"It is important to open the closures . . . It is important to avoid the buildup of the militantism that can undermine the confidence between the two people."
In the picture there's only one occupying force, way back, behind the nice storming lady in the green shirt. All the other occupying forces were probably having lunch at the time.
The US Consulate—rather than the US embassy in Tel Aviv—said the US-run talks are the best way to reach a comprehensive peace agreement.
"It is our view that, after seven years, Mr Blair's achievements as envoy are negligible, even within his narrow mandate of promoting Palestinian economic development."
The Palestinian Authority leadership has been reluctant to join a peace process at this point in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political crisis, while he is under investigations and could face indictments in the coming months.
Hamas said in response to Abbas' Saturday speech that the Chairman's threats against the Gaza Strip were "an explosive charge placed on the reconciliation efforts," blaming Abbas of acting to further deepen Gaza's isolation.