On the heals of full disclosure of the “Deal of the Century,” Abbas defiantly refuses to speak to Trump.
By United with Israel Staff
Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, reacting to US President Donald Trump’s soon-to-be-released Middle East peace plan, rejected a phone call from the American leader, according to a US official, the state-run Turkish Anadolu Agency reported Monday.
PA Social Affairs Minister Ahmad Majdalani confirmed the Anadolu report to the Gaza-based Dunia al-Watan news site, stating that Abbas recently “refused a phone call from Trump.”
According to sources, Abbas said to Fatah Central Committee members that Trump is “a dog, son of a b**ch, a violent man who wants to force us into a program we’re not interested in.”
Palestinian leaders have repeatedly rejected Trump’s plan, even before knowing its full details.
“They called me from Washington and I did not pick up the phone,” said Abbas. “I said no and I will continue to say no…We are going for difficult days and we are beginning to bear the consequences of the refusal. Resistance must be escalated at all points of friction. All young people must be encouraged.”
The Israeli press indicated that the White House is considering inviting Abbas to Washington. However, this has not been confirmed by Washington, according to the Times.
“The president [Abbas] has been very clear that we will not hold any communications with Americans except through the security channel,” Azzam al-Ahmad, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee, told the Times.
A report from Israel’s Channel 12 news on Thursday said that if Israel accepts Trump’s plan and the Palestinians reject it, the US would support any Israeli decision to annex territory in Judea and Samaria.
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