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Abbas: 'No state without Jerusalem, no state without Gaza'

April 14, 2019 11:48 A.M. (Updated: April 14, 2019 12:45 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that the Palestinian issue is going through difficult tasks, and that everyone is called upon to make every possible effort to serve the country.

Abbas spoke during the first meeting on Saturday evening, at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah City, in the central occupied West Bank, with the newly formed 18th government, saying, “We have many difficult and complicated tasks, first of which is the ‘Deal of the Century,’ of which I think nothing is left undeclared.”

He said the Palestinians have rejected this deal from the beginning, “because it excluded Jerusalem from Palestine, and therefore we do not want the rest. There is no state without Jerusalem, no state in Gaza, no state without Gaza.”

Meanwhile, Abbas said he does not think it is useful to talk with the United States President Donald Trump about any solution or issue, after he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Regarding Israel’s withholding of the Palestinian tax revenues, he said “the Israelis told us that after the Israeli elections that they can talk about this issue. We are waiting, because the Israeli elections are over and we are ready to talk.”

Abbas emphasized the Palestinian national constants and stressed that all Israeli settlements built on Palestinian land are illegal.

He concluded, “We have the right, will remain steadfast and will resist [the occupation] by all legitimate means to establish our independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on the 1967 borders.”

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