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Abbas ‘completely rejects’ Jordanian-Palestinian confederation

The Palestinian Authority (PA) reportedly “completely rejects” an offer by the United States for formation of a Jordanian-Palestinian confederation as an apparent substitute for an independent Palestinian state.

According to Press TV quoting the Israeli daily Ha’aretz, PA Chief Mahmoud Abbas, who was speaking to Israeli Movement ‘Peace Now’ and Israeli lawmakers in Ramallah on Sunday, said he had been offered a “political plan” by the United States negotiating team that was based on formation of the federation.

He told the team, which includes US President Donald Trump’s advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and the US Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt, that “he would agree to such an offer only if Zionist regime is a part of the confederation,” the paper added.

“I was asked if I believe in a federation with Jordan,” Abbas said, adding, “I answered: Yes, I want a confederation with Jordan and Israel. I have asked the Israelis if they would agree to such an offer.”

The US is to unveil a proposal targeting the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which Trump has hailed as the “deal of the century.”

Back in May, Zionist regime’s intelligence website DEBKAfile reported that the plan gave the Palestinians limited sovereignty over about half of Tel Aviv-occupied West Bank and set Abu Dis, east of the occupied holy city of al-Quds, as their capital. Palestinians have historically sought east al-Quds as the capital of their future state.

Last year, Trump recognized al-Quds as Zionist regime’s “capital,” and moved the US embassy to the city in May.

The PA stopped recognizing the US negotiation role afterwards, saying it could no longer trust Washington.

Abbas likewise said the US was “hostile towards the Palestinians.”

The US plan would also reportedly give Palestinians’ sovereignty over the Gaza Strip on the condition that the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas gave up its arms.

Separately, the PA chief remarked on Washington’s cutting all its aid to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.

“The US wants to completely sabotage UNRWA,” said Abbas, who has already described it as an “assault” against Palestinians.