Palestinians officials will not agree to resume negotiations with Israel before the United States annuls its decision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said on Tuesday.

He told the official Voice of Palestine radio that US talk about deals to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, or any calls for negotiations or talks, are unacceptable to the Palestinian leadership unless the decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is rescinded.

“The Palestinian leadership will not accept any offers for negotiations unless the American decision on Jerusalem is annulled,” Erekat said.

He said US President Donald Trump and his speech to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel removed Jerusalem from any negotiations.

He added that the current US administration wants to impose dictates on Palestinian leadership by adopting the Israeli position, in order to liquidate the Palestinian cause by demanding the dismantling of UNRWA, cutting aid, starving refugees and closing schools.

He stressed, according to WAFA, that Palestinian leadership does not want to clash with the US administration, but Trump is the one who created the clash, stressing that “our peace will not be at any price.”

Erekat said that the upcoming PLO Central Council meeting planned for Sunday in Ramallah would discuss defining the relationship with Israel in all its aspects and how to confront and annul the US decision on Jerusalem.

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