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PLO Executive Committee Secretary: “President Trump distanced the US from playing any role in any peace process”

Headline: "'Slap of the century’ (play on words, rhymes with ‘deal of the century’ –Ed.) – Trump recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel!”

“US President Donald Trump yesterday [Dec. 6, 2017] declared that the US recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This decision has put an end to a 20-year-old American policy. Trump’s declaration came at a time when the world is talking about what is called the ‘deal of the century,’ which the American administration is formulating in order to establish peace in the Middle East…
The PLO said that Trump’s decision on Jerusalem ‘destroys’ any chance for the two-state solution. PLO Executive Committee Secretary, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat said: ‘Unfortunately, President Trump has destroyed any chance for the two-state solution.’ He explained: ‘I think that tonight President Trump distanced the US from playing any role in any peace process.’
The [PA] national unity government emphasized its opposition and condemnation of the American steps declared by Trump. Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud… emphasized that the international institutions are talking about an occupied city [Jerusalem], which is the capital city of the State of Palestine, and they are not talking about it being permitted to give it to others through President Trump’s speech. He added that such a thing has only happened in the darkest periods of the history of the states and of human history.”
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