President Mahmoud Abbas said that he is ready to sever all ties with Israel if the latter does not honor the signed agreements.
“If Israel does not abide by the agreements, we are going to cancel them all,” he said answering a question about reports that the Palestinian Authority may collapse under the financial pressure caused by Israel’s withholding of millions of dollars in Palestinian clearance revenues, at his Ramallah headquarters.
The President added that the door is still open to resume dialogue with the United States if it recognizes the two-state solution, recognizes Jerusalem as occupied territory, and agrees that any solution to the conflict with Israel should be based on United Nations resolutions.
He said the Americans have not contributed anything of value to the peace process since the signing of the Oslo agreement in 1993.
He revealed that eight months of secret talks with Israelis were conducted in Oslo without American knowledge, and when they found out about it after the accords were initialed by the Palestinians and Israelis, the Americans insisted on being part of it and therefore offered to have it signed officially at the White House.
Meanwhile, President Abbas said, even though the Americans have not done anything to push forward the peace process, yet cooperation with them continued all these years until the current administration of Donald Trump took steps that ended its role as a mediator in the peace process.
He was referring to its recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel and moving its embassy to it, ending the refugee issue, recognizing the illegal settlements, and closing the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington.
He said the Americans have taken decisions on the same issues that were supposed to be resolved through negotiations, stressing that with this done, there was nothing left to negotiate.
President Abbas said the American so-called deal of the century and its Manama workshop held on June 25 were a big lie and this is why they will never be accepted.