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Fatah Stresses its Rejection of ‘Deal of the Century’ Even If Under Threat

Fatah Stresses its Rejection of ‘Deal of the Century’ Even If Under Threat

Sunday, 26 May, 2019 - 09:00
A Palestinian man browses merchandise as another woman walks by in an alley in the old market of the divided West Bank city of Hebron on July 7, 2017. (AFP)
Ramallah – Asharq Al-Awsat
Threatening, intimidating, cutting off funds and practicing extortion against the Palestinian leadership and its people will not change their position towards the so-called “Deal of the Century” and its economic workshop in Bahrain, the Fatah movement announced on Saturday.

“Whoever advised the US administration that exerting more pressure and practicing political extortion against President Mahmoud Abbas will let him change his position, is absolutely wrong,” the movement’s spokesman Osama al-Qawasmi stressed.

“They were also wrong when they thought that suffocating and extorting Palestine’s financial institutions and people and then offering them money can lead to concessions on our fixed national rights,” he added.

“It seems that this person didn’t read history, doesn’t understand the nature of the conflict and doesn’t know the Palestinian people, Fatah movement and the President (Abbas),” he further noted.

“This ploy is obvious and will not pass,” he said.

Qawasmi also pointed out that the Palestinians will not trade a single grain of sand from Jerusalem for all the money and treasure in the world.

Political efforts based on international legitimacy are the only way to achieve peace and stability in the region and the world, he explained.

Fatah’s position came in light of pressure exerted on Abbas to participate in the two-day economic workshop.

Dubbed the “Peace to Prosperity” workshop, the gathering will take place on June 25-26 in Manama, during which the administration of US President Donald Trump will unveil the first part of its Palestinian-Israeli peace proposal, dubbed the “Deal of the Century”.

The workshop is expected to be attended by finance ministers of concerned countries and business executives from Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Washington aims to encourage Arab donor countries to invest in the West Bank and Gaza Strip before addressing thorny political issues.

But Palestinians rejected this attempt and said the economic solution should come as a result of the political one and not the other way round.

“It is difficult to understand why the Palestinian Authority would reject a workshop designed to discuss a vision with the potential to radically transform lives and put people on a path toward a brighter future,” said US Peace Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt.

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