CAIRO, Saturday, January 05, 2019 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas stressed on Friday in Cairo that there will be no elections in the Palestinian territories is they are not allowed by Israel in occupied East Jerusalem.
President Abbas told Egyptian journalists and writers he met with during his official visit to Cairo that the United State recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel and moving its embassy to the city “will not undermine our right in Jerusalem, nor will it make us give up on any of our national constants and rights or accept the deal of the century,” which he said was null and void and will not change the fact that East Jerusalem is the capital of the Palestinian state.
“All doors are closed in the face of the US, unless it goes back on the punitive measures it took against us,” he said, “and therefore no Palestinian, regardless of his status, is allowed to meet with them.”
Talking about the Oslo accords and its annexes the Palestinians have signed with Israel in 1994, President Abbas said “we called for reopening the Paris Economic Protocol and the Oslo Accords, even if we have to reach the point of cancelling them. We will end all agreements with them (Israel) and the security coordination. We had 86 (United Nations) Security Council resolutions and 720 from the General Assembly. None were enforced.”
President Abbas said the Constitutional Court has ruled to dissolve the Legislative Council, whose members are paid $1 million every month without doing anything since its functions were suspended following the Hamas split and takeover of power in Gaza in July 2007.
He said the Court has ruled as well to hold elections within six months, “but if elections are not allowed in Jerusalem, I will not agree to any elections.”
He warned of severe measures against Hamas if it does not go along with the reconciliation, saying: “If they do not apply this, I am not ready to spend $96 million every month, which was before $110, (on Gaza).”
The president said he is up against “three unbearable situations: the US and Israeli positions, and the Muslim Brotherhood (Hamas). What is coming is very dangerous and I will not end my life as a traitor. I do not have weapons to fight with, but I can say no and I have a people who also can say no.”
He said Hamas vandalism of Palestine TV offices in Gaza was expected in light of what it did for participants in the events marking the launch anniversary of Fatah when its members defied Hamas obstructions and celebrated the launch anniversary on January 1 and lit the torch. “What happened today was a vindictive act,” he said, adding, “as long as we have not reconciled with them (Hamas), we are going to cancel everything between us and them and we will stop paying $96 million every month. They still collect the electricity fees and sell the medicine we send them.