By Sohaila Barghash
Following the discussions at the meeting session in Cairo, Arab League foreign ministers declared their opposition to any plan which strips the Palestinian people of their rights.
The league said, “We confirm that Arab countries will support the Palestinian state’s budget… (to) resist the political and financial pressure it faces”.
The so called “Deal of the century”, proposed by the US was highly rejected on the basis that plans of such ignorant nature would never bring comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East.
The declaration referred to the rights as the Palestinian people’s aspirations to re-establish their independent state on the basis of June 4, 1967, having East Jerusalem as its capital, as well as compensation for Palestinian refugees and
releasing the captives.
Additionally, the declaration called on Palestinian groups to establish national reconciliation as well as hold elections as soon as possible.
The Arab League’s move comes as the Trump administration prepares to publicise the “Deal of the Century” claiming it will initiate peace between Palestine and Israel in the coming months.
The Palestinian Authority has however boycotted Washington over its growing support for Israel against the Palestinian will and for recognising the city of Jerusalem as capital of Israel.
Such moves by the Trump Administration has led to the belief that the US can no longer be trusted as a broker between the two sides for being very biased.
In the Arab League meeting, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “does not believe in peace”, proposing that Netanyahu’s government comply with international law, in order to settle a peace deal.
After which he accused Israel of breaching international resolutions including Oslo Accords and Paris Economic Protocol since 1947.
Palestinian speakers said recently at a political discussion panel held to commemorate Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, that Palestinians have to be united in order to face the US’s “deal of the century”.
Al-Saleh, head of the Palestinian community in London said that the unveiled details of the deal were simply leaks used as “test balloons” by the US to examine responses to it and the level of acceptance among the international community.
Recently in February, Israel withheld $138 million in transfers from the taxes it collects on behalf of the PA.
The move came in opposition to the payments by the PA to political prisoners jailed for attacks against Israelis.
Currently, the peace plan is being developed by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who has established close ties to right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, causing an increase in Palestinian suspicions, and ensuring bias.