Abbas threatens to cut security ties with Israel, US
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to cut security ties with both Israel and the U.S. on Feb. 1, in a lengthy speech delivered at an Arab League meeting in Egypt's capital that denounced a White House plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The U.S. plan would grant the Palestinians limited self-rule in parts of the occupied West Bank while allowing Israel to annex all its settlements there and keep nearly all of east Jerusalem.
The summit of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo was requested by the Palestinians, who responded angrily to the American proposal.
Abbas said that he told Israel and the U.S. that "there will be no relations with them, including the security ties" following the deal that Palestinians say heavily favors Israel.
There was no immediate comment from U.S. or Israeli officials.
The Palestinian leader said that he'd refused to take U.S. President Donald Trump's phone calls and messages "because I know that he would use that to say he consulted us.''
"I will never accept this solution," Abbas said. "I will not have it recorded in my history that I have sold Jerusalem."
He said the Palestinians remain committed to ending the Israeli occupation and establishing a state with its capital in east Jerusalem.
Abbas said that the Palestinians wouldn't accept the U.S. as a sole mediator in any negotiations with Israel. He said they would go to the United Nations Security Council and other world and regional organizations to "explain our position."
The Arab League's head, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, said the proposal revealed a "sharp turn'' in the long-standing U.S. foreign policy regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"This turn does not help achieve peace and a just...