Palestine President calls Donald Trump's peace offer 'slap of the century'

What Israelis and Palestinians Have in Common: Getting the One-state Solution All Wrong

"We are committed to resolving the two states on the basis of global legitimacy, the Arab peace initiative, and the state of Palestine on the 1967 borders", he said.

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas has denounced US President Donald Trump's peace efforts describing them as the "slap of the century".

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

"We do not accept the United States as a mediator between us and Israel", Abbas said.

Previous US administrations have hewed to the global consensus that East Jerusalem, which includes the Old City and its key religious sites, would be the capital of any Palestinian state.

The meeting in Ramallah of the Palestinian Central Council - a high-ranking arm of the Palestine Liberation Organisation - was called in the wake of Trump's December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

While Trump's threat to cut the United Nations funding is popular in Israel, government security officials have warned that cutting back the assistance that goes for food, education and health care could fuel violence and strengthen radical Palestinian forces in the West Bank.

Palestine's official WAFA news agency reported that the Committee convened in Ramallah ahead of a central council meeting of the PLO on Sunday.

The 1990s accords led to the PLO's official recognition of the state of Israel and, in turn, led to the establishment of the Palestinian Authority government. "Our health services offer a life line, quite literally, to vulnerable women and children, the sick and the elderly", he said.

"Abbas's rambling speech was also noteworthy for what was not there - namely, any real vision for moving beyond the failed US-led Oslo paradigm".

"It is safe to say that president Abbas has done little to improve US-Palestinian relations which have now reached their nadir", he told AFP.

While Palestinian leaders have been outraged by Trump's moves, they also face hard choices in how to respond as they seek to salvage remaining hopes of a two-state solution to the conflict.

Trump said in a Twitter message last week that the US gives the Palestinians hundreds of millions of dollars each year and gets "no respect or appreciation".

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