Palestinian Authority PM calls on world to boycott Trump peace plan
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Palestinian Authority PM calls on world to boycott Trump peace plan

Mohammad Shtayyeh says upcoming offer contravenes international law, is aimed at protecting US president from impeachment and Netanyahu from indictment

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, chairs a cabinet meeting in the Jordan Valley village of Fasayil, September 16, 2019. (Majdi Mohammed/AP)
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, chairs a cabinet meeting in the Jordan Valley village of Fasayil, September 16, 2019. (Majdi Mohammed/AP)

RAMALLAH — Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh on Monday urged international powers to boycott US President Donald Trump’s “peace plan” which they see as biased toward Israel.

“This a plan to protect Trump from impeachment and protect (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu from prison. It is not a Middle East peace plan,” Shtayyeh told a cabinet meeting.

“This plan gives Israel sovereignty over Palestinian territory,” he said.

Trump is expected to unveil his peace plan for the Middle East after hosting Netanyahu and his political rival Benny Gantz in Washington Monday and Tuesday.

It comes as Trump is facing an impeachment trial in the Senate while Netanyahu, who is facing indictment over corruption allegations, will contest an election in March which Gantz is hoping to win.

“We call on the international community to not be partners in this because it contravenes international law,” Shtayyeh told the Palestinian cabinet.

“The rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to reporters at Ben Gurion Airport before boarding a flight to Washington, Janaury 26, 2019. (Screen capture: Twitter)

The Palestinians have not been invited to Washington, having cut all ties with the Trump administration over its perceived bias toward Israel. PA President Mahmoud Abbas is reported to have refused to have taken a phone call from Trump to discuss the plan in recent days.

The plan is widely expected to be the most favorable toward Israel ever proposed by the United States, with alleged leaks suggesting it could move to declare settlements in the West Bank legal.

The US proposal could also pull back from the creation of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital after Trump in 2018 recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

While the US and Israel are likely to be supportive of the plan, the reaction of international powers could be key.

Two European diplomats told AFP the European Union was working on a statement reaffirming its support for the two-state solution along the traditional lines.

Shtayyeh said Abbas would call a meeting of the Palestinian leadership to discuss the best ways to respond to the plan.

In Gaza on Monday a few hundred Palestinians protested against the Trump plan.

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