Palestinian President declined to speak to Pompeo about annexation
The Palestinian President refused to speak to the US Secretary of State on the phone, on the eve of Israel trying to annex parts of the West Bank.
Mahmud Abbas declined to resume contact with US authorities that was cut short by the decision of United States President Donald Trump to recognize Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of the Israeli regime in 2017.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tried throughout the week to address the so-called ‘deal of the century’, which envisions the annexation to the Israeli regime of broad parts of the West Bank, with Abbas, but collided with the refusal of the Palestinian side Hebrew public radio Kan reported Sunday.
According to the source, within days of the date announced by Israel, on July 1, to execute its plan to annex the West Bank, representatives of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) met in Ramallah with Palestinian officials this week in an attempt to convince them to open a dialogue with the White House on the anti-Palestinian ‘deal of the century’, but these efforts were unsuccessful.
Abbas, president of the Palestinian National Authority (ANP), who has rejected phone calls from American and Israeli officials in recent months, has warned that if the Zionists annex the West Bank to the occupied territories, Palestine would no longer fulfill any of its obligations with the counterparty.
Israel’s usurpation of the West Bank has sparked worldwide protests, including among Israelis themselves and the Jewish community worldwide. In addition, Palestine has the unprecedented support of 192 States out of the 194 members of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), as previously noted by the Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat.
The Palestinian Resistance has threatened to give a painful response and has called on the Palestinians to launch a massive revolution to respond to Israeli violations. The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS) warned that it views the annexation of the West Bank as a “declaration of war” and that it will make that regime “regret” its decision, if it actually implements it.