PA President Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly told his fellow Fatah-niks that he does not intend to end his life as a traitor.
In other words, he does not intend to sign a peace deal with Israel.
Abbas’s remark was aimed at expressing his strong opposition to US President Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-announced Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.
Abbas was speaking at the launch of the Fatah Revolutionary Council congress in Ramallah on Thursday night. The council, which has over 100 members, serves as Fatah’s “parliament.”
At Abbas’s request, the PA television and radio stations did not carry live broadcasts of his speech, as has been the case in most of his previous speeches to various Palestinian forums.
No official reason was given as to why the 82-year-old Abbas made the unusual request, which came amid a wave of speculation regarding his health.
Abbas was quoted as having told the Fatah officials in Ramallah that this could be his “last session” with them. “No one can guarantee his life,” Abbas reportedly said, in an apparent reference to his health.
Referring to Trump’s purported plan, Abbas said, “I have said in the past — and afterward — that I will not end my life as a traitor. [The US] can announce the deal whenever and wherever they want, but nothing will happen against our will.”
Trump has referred to his peace plan, the details of which have yet to be made public, as the “deal of the century.”
Abbas said that the Palestinians would accept nothing less than a Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, on the pre-1967 lines. “No one in the whole world would be able to impose on us something that we don’t want,” he was quoted as saying.
Thems some fighting words. I am sure he did not lead with those a few weeks ago when he requested from the US permission to receive medical treatment/a check-up at John Hopkins hospital.
I’ve got some bad news for Abbas: he has lived his life a traitor to his people by not being genuine about striving for peace.