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PA Reacts to Deal of the Century

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29 Jan 2020
PA Reacts to Deal of the Century
Officials with the Palestinians Authority as well as the Islamist terror militia Hamas and other Palestinian factions reacted with furious outrage on Tuesday to the unveiling of the so-called “Plan of the Century” at the White House. “We say 1,000 ‘no’s to this deal,” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said, sarcastically referring to it as “the slap of the Century” he added that “Now, we see that we were right when we rejected it from the beginning. Jerusalem is not for sale. Our rights are not for sale. The plot of the century won’t pass, and it will end up in the dustbin of history.” He further added that the plan was based on the Balfour Declaration “devised by the US and UK to liquidate the Palestinian cause. All schemes to liquidate the Palestinian cause will fail.”

“I say to Trump and Netanyahu: Jerusalem is not for sale, all our rights are not for sale and are not for bargain. And your deal, the conspiracy, will not pass,” he added in a televised address.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri agreed, saying the announcement of Trump’s plan “has no value, and it’s not worth the ink it was written with…Palestine will prevail, and Trump and the deal with go to the dustbin of history.” A statement by several Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip, released shortly after the announcement of the plan, added: “No occupier shall remain on our land. Jerusalem will remain the eternal capital of Palestine. It will remain an Arab and Islamic city.”

However, their calls for street protests against the plan were sparsely attended, suggesting the possibility that their angry rejections are not entirely shared by a majority of the Palestinian populations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Arab States React to Deal of the Century
Sunni Arab heavyweights Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, and the UAE all issued statements immediately following the release of the “Deal of the Century” on Tuesday voicing favor for it and urging Israel and the Palestinians to immediately begin negotiations based on the parameters of the deal. However, the deal attracted criticism from Jordan and Turkey, while reactions were mixed among other regional states.

Violence Intensifies in Iraq and Syria
Massive street demonstrations have continued in Iraqi cities this week, leading to several deaths and the burning of hundreds of cars and dozens of buildings. Economic activity in some cities has dramatically decreased and curfews were in effect in most of Iraq’s large cities. The protesters are demanding snap elections and other reforms, while the regime has labelled them “terrorists” whose aim is the illegitimate toppling of the regime. Meanwhile, in Syria, forces loyal to the Assad regime, supported by Iranian-backed militias and Russia air power, has made progress in their offensive against the last rebel forces holed up in the northwestern province of Idlib.

Here is a video giving some deeper analysis of the situation in Syria



Environmental Reports Warns of Problems in Red Sea
A report was published this week by the Max Plank Institute for Chemistry saying that hydrocarbon gases seeping up through the bed of the Red Sea are mixing with emissions from industrial shipping to create dangerously high levels of air pollution in the northern Red Sea region, home to Israel’s southern resort city of Eilat. The report warned that the situation is likely to get worse as the volume of seaborne traffic through the area increases in the coming years.
 
Today’s video gives some analysis of the situation regarding Israel’s engagement with the International Criminal Court

 

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