(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SAUDI NEWS AGENCY ASHARQ AL-AWSAT)
Abbas Stresses to Congressional Delegation his Rejection of US Dictates
Abbas told the delegation, which was headed by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, that he insists on a two-state solution in line with international resolutions.
He expressed his rejection of the “US dictates and decisions related to Jerusalem, refugees, borders and security.”
He also noted that Israel “has not respected the bilateral agreements signed under international legitimacy, and insists on destroying them, prompting the Palestinian leadership to halt their implementation.”
The delegation members, for their part, supported the two-state solution and peace achievement, while Abbas answered questions regarding the possibility of achieving peace between the Palestinians and Israel.
A committee formed and chaired by Abbas will meet to put a plan and suspend the agreements signed with Israel.
The committee decided to continue its work away from the media spotlight in order to come up with a peaceful and applicable plan.
There is no time frame for the committee, which is set to submit recommendations to the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).
It has begun working to implement a decision taken by Abbas late July to suspend all agreements with Israel, a few days after Israel destroyed more than 100 Palestinian housing units in Wadi Homs, east of Jerusalem.
“We will not bow to dictates and imposing a fait accompli by force in Jerusalem and elsewhere,” Abbas said back then.
“There is no peace, no security and no stability in our region and the whole world without our Palestinian people receiving their full rights,” Abbas added.
The Oslo agreement and its security and economic implications are being tackled. However, this is not the first time that the Palestinian leadership announces such decisions.