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Abbas: 'US administration proposed confederation with Jordan'

Sept. 3, 2018 11:02 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 4, 2018 2:25 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to a peace plan on Sunday offered by the United States administration on provision that Israel would also be part of the confederation with Jordan.

Abbas said in a statement during a meeting held on Sunday with the left-wing Peace Now movement and Israeli Knesset members, that the United States Trump administration proposed a peace plan that was based on a confederation with Jordan.

However, Abbas told the US administration he would only agree to the proposal on the provision that Israel would also be part of the confederation.

The meeting was attended by the Peace Now Chairwoman, Shaked Morag, and MK’s Mossi Raz of the Meretz party and Ksenia Svetlova for the Zionist Union party.

Abbas informed the attendees that the US peace envoy, Jason Greenblatt, and Trump's senior advisor, Jared Kushner, asked if he believes in a federation with Jordan.

He added that he agreed to the proposal "I want a triangular confederation with Jordan and Israel. I asked if Israel would agree to that proposal."

He stressed that following the US decision to end all funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), the US "is closing the peace process. The US wants to destroy UNRWA completely," noting that 70% of Gaza’s residents are refugees.

"Most of them live on UNRWA’s assistance. Then President Trump says 'cancel UNRWA and give humanitarian aid to Gaza.' How is it possible to abolish UNRWA on the one hand and Palestinians be given humanitarian aid on the other," he asked.

Abbas continued "I have met with Trump four times. Trump said that he supports the two-state solution and that he’s in favor of a demilitarized state with NATO forces maintaining a secure environment in the area."

He confirmed his support for Israel’s security and for finding a solution to the Palestinian refugee problem.

Abbas mentioned that the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refuses to meet with him face to face, "My problem is with Netanyahu, not with the Likud. Netanyahu is against Trump’s proposal."

Morag concluded the meeting by assuring Abbas that "The Israeli peace camp is widespread and during the next general election Peace Now will demand from the leaders a commitment to advancing the two-state solution."

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