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Fatah official: If US transfers its embassy to Jerusalem, PA will cancel recognition of Israel

Headline: “A senior Fatah official to Al-Bayan: We will cancel the recognition of Israel if the American embassy is transferred”
     “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki emphasized that the Palestinian leadership will cancel the recognition of Israel and will reexamine all of the agreements if the new American administration transfers the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem…
Abbas Zaki said to [UAE newspaper] Al-Bayan yesterday [Jan. 16, 2017] that the Paris Conference (held on Jan. 15, 2017, as part of the French Peace Initiative –Ed.) has symbolic and moral significance because it placed the Palestinian issue at the top of the international community’s agenda…
He added that the value of the conference stems from the circumstances of its convening, since the Palestinians are dealing with a brutal attack from the extremist Israeli right-wing government, and [this comes] in the shadow of the fact that [US President-elect] Donald Trump’s administration will take up the reins of government in another few days, and even before that he has appointed diplomats who are hostile to the Palestinians, and who support the settlements and transferring the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem.
The Fatah Central Committee member said in response to these American efforts that the Palestinian leadership will go all the way if the Trump administration transfers the embassy to Jerusalem, which includes a reexamination of all of the previous agreements and the cancellation of the recognition of Israel. He emphasized that the Palestinians cannot see their country without Jerusalem, and that they will defend it with all of the means at their disposal…
Zaki said that the world needs to define terror. He noted that Israel is the root of terror, and that it and the ISIS organization are two sides of the same coin. He also said that it is the greatest danger to the region, and demanded to set a limit on it, because what it is doing to the Palestinian people is the embodiment of terror.”
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The French Initiative – A peace initiative proposed by the French PM Hollande’s government in 2015 aimed at reviving peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. A one-day summit was held in Paris on June 3, 2016, attended by foreign ministers of the US, EU countries, and several Arab countries, for the purpose of advancing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. At the end of the summit, participants issued a joint communique supporting a negotiated two-state solution and proposing an international conference before the end of the year. Israelis and Palestinians did not participate in this first summit, the purpose of which was to establish a framework for renewed negotiations between the two.

On Jan. 15, 2017, Britain and Australia refused to sign the Paris Peace Conference declaration calling for a negotiated peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians based on the two-state solution and praising UN Security Council Resolution 2334. Britain argued that the declaration, which was made as part of the French Peace Initiative without the attendance of Israeli or PA representatives, might harden the Palestinian negotiating position, particularly given its timing right before the inauguration of US President Donald Trump’s administration. The following day Britain blocked the EU Foreign Affairs Council from adopting the declaration.

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