Abbas accuses US, Israel and Hamas of blocking Palestinian statehood

Palestinians on Sunday mark 14 years since the death of their late leader Yasser Arafat, with his successor as Palestinian Authority president laying a wreath at his tomb in Ramallah in the West Bank on Sunday.

After paying tribute to “the leader of the nation and the leader of the martyrs,” Mahmoud Abbas accuses Israel and the United States of seeking to sabotage Palestinian statehood through a nascent peace plan that President Donald Trump calls “the ultimate deal.”

“There is an American conspiracy through the ultimate agreement and the Israelis are conspiring to implement it,” he says.

Abbas suspended diplomatic contact with Washington following Trump’s 2017 recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Abbas adds that Hamas, his bitter rival which rules the Gaza Strip, was also hindering the cause.

“Another plot, by Hamas, aims to disrupt the establishment of an independent Palestinian state,” he says.

— AFP

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gives a speech, after laying a wreath at the tomb of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on November 11, 2018. (Abbas Momani/ AFP)

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