Palestinian officials to hold discussion on thwarting U.S. "Deal of Century"

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-22 20:56:32|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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RAMALLAH, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian officials said that they will discuss political options to thwart the "Deal of the Century" proposed by the United States to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Salim Al-Zanoun, head of the Palestinian National Council, said that he agreed to determine the conference date of the Central Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), during a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Jordanian capital Amman.

Palestinian officials confirmed that the central council will convene before U.S. President Donald Trump announces the "Deal of the Century" scheduled in June, according to Israeli reports.

Although the United States has not announced the features of the deal, Palestinian officials have expressed concerns over the risks for the Palestinian issue.

Jamal Moheisen, a member of the Fatah central committee, said in statements to the official Voice of Palestine radio that the central council will be held in difficult circumstances.

"The Palestinian issue is exposed to strategic risks that require everyone to stand up to their responsibilities and raise the requirements of the stage in order to address this project, which threatens the future of our Palestinian issue," Moheisen said.

The ongoing meetings between President Abbas and Arab presidents and the permanent coordination with Jordan came in order to confront the U.S.-Israeli project which aims to end the Palestinian cause, he added.

For his part, Ahmed Majdalani, a member of the Executive Committee of the PLO, said that the committee was asked to prepare for the meetings of the central council in mid-May.

"The agenda of the next session of the central council will discuss a number of important issues related to how to crystallize an Arab Islamic and international position to support the abortion of the so-called U.S. Deal of the Century," said Wasel Abu Yusuf, a member of the Executive Committee of the PLO.

He added that the central council will discuss the relations with Israel, "especially under the U.S. and Israeli plans to legitimize the settlement blocs in the West Bank and prevent the establishment of an independent Palestinian state."

On the other hand, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye said that his government is ready to implement all the decisions of the previous central council meeting.