Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

PLO Calls for New Offensive Against Israel at UN, ICC

PLO Calls for New Offensive Against Israel at UN, ICC

Moreover, the PLO Executive Committee chose to "refer to the UN Security Council, General Assembly and the International Criminal Court [ICC], asking them to refuse to recognize the state of Israel until it renounces the recognition of Jerusalem as its capital".

Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat has taken the anti-American rhetoric coming from Ramallah a step further, accusing the Trump administration of seeking to foment an uprising to remove Mahmoud Abbas from the scene, The Times of Israel reported. "If President Abbas demonstrates he can be that type of leader, we would welcome it".

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He added that every government, including the PLO, "makes mistakes" but contended the U.S.is attempting to stage a "coup" to overthrow Abbas. "American and Israeli officials are saying that any Palestinian leader who insists on East Jerusalem becoming the capital of Palestine and is committed to the right of return, in accordance with United Nations resolution 194, should be removed from power and replaced", he said.

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"The Palestinian leadership has told the Americans and Israelis that, even after 1,000 years, they will not find any Palestinian who will collaborate with their scheme", Erekat said.

Abbas recently declared the Oslo Accords "dead".

The PLO - an umbrella of major Palestinian political parties - has been under pressure to change its strategy towards Israel in recent weeks.

The Palestinian President's spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudainah, dismissed yesterday 'a senior United States official's statement claiming that President Mahmoud Abbas has rejected to return to the negotiating table, describing the statement as 'irresponsible and as 'an outrageous incitement.

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"We don't seek a confrontation or a fight with the United States administration".

When we asked for a new worldwide mechanism for the talks, this did not mean that we had given up our commitment to talks as a means to achieve peace with Israel.

For its part, Israel has said it will only work with a US-led peace process.

Describing U.S. President Donald Trump's Palestine policy as "against national legitimate decisions", the statement also asked Washington to review it.

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