Secretary of the Executive Committee for Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Saeb Erekat, responded to statements by US President Donald Trump and his National Security Advisor, John Bolton, about the removal ofÂ Jerusalem from the negotiating table in the future by saying that there is no price for Jerusalem.
Erekat added, in the response PNNÂ received by email, that without East Jerusalem, including the Holy Haram, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, its old town and its walls, as the Palestine capital, there will be no meaning of Palestinian state.
He also stated that Trump, Bolton and Netanyahu must understand that there will no peace without East Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Palestine, based on the 1967 borders.
Erekat called on all Palestinian politicalÂ factionsÂ to give priority to the supreme interests of the Palestinian people and to achieve reconciliation, including the truce based on the Egyptian initiative, depends on indirect negotiations between the PLO & Israel toÂ Â reach a truce agreement similar to the 2014 agreement.
Erekat said that those who agree to a truce without national consensus are engaged with Netanyahu and Trump to pass the deal of the century, which seeks to destroy the Palestinian national project.
Trump says Israel will âpay a higher priceâ after Jerusalem embassy move
US President Donald Trump said, last night, that Israel will âpay a higher priceâ in peace talks with Palestinians, following his decision to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Speaking at a political rally in West Virginia, Trump said Palestinians âwill get something very goodâ after the embassy move, âbecause itâs their turn nextâ.
Trump told the West Virginia crowd that the embassy move was an important step towards a peace deal. âIf thereâs ever going to be peace with the Palestinians, then this was a good thing to have done,â he said. âWe took it off the table. In past negotiations, they never got past Jerusalem. Now Israel will have to pay a higher price, because itâs off the table. The Palestinians will get something very good, cause itâs their turn next.â
Trump said he had received numerous phone calls from world leaders urging him not to go through with his plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, adding that he ânow understandsâ why previous US presidents had not followed through on similar promises. âBut, I approved it, and it should have been done years ago,â he said. Trump also described the Israeli-Palestinian peace deal as âthe toughest of them all.â
US National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Wednesday, at a press conference in Jerusalem, that the Trump administration is continuing its work on a plan for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. But he added that, while there has been âa lot of progress in the regionâ, no timetable had been set for announcing a deal.
Bolton clarified that Trumpâs âhigher priceâ comment was ânot an issue of quid pro quoâ. He said that he and others would expect Palestinians to say âSo, we didnât get that one, now we want something else,â adding that âultimately this is something the parties are going to have to agree on.â
Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (email@example.com)