Abbas rejects Trump's peace plan

Abbas rejects Trump's peace plan

Abbas had the letter sent during his meeting and subsequent press conference in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron.

A spokesman for Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed a U.N. vote on Thursday that called on the United States to withdraw its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Macron repeated his earlier condemnations of the U.S. decision on Jerusalem, but he also ruled out recognising Palestine as a state unilaterally which France has mooted previously.

For the sake of this, he said, and for the sake of maintaining the two-state solution, "we are calling for the states which have not yet recognised Palestine to do so". "The Holy Bible says 'Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be filled.' Threats against those who support justice will be met with the same spirit and response from our nation and from millions of dignified people around the world".

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sent a Christmas letter to Palestinian Christians using Jesus's teachings to justify refusal of any peace deal negotiated by the U.S.

Recognising the state of Palestine is an investment in peace, in the future of stability and security, and in distancing of violence, extremism, terror and war from our region.

Macron went on to criticise Trump's move: "The Americans have marginalised themselves and I am trying to not do the same thing ..."

He added: "The solution will be built around two states so inevitably there will be a moment in the process when there is recognition".

"We have trust in you. I do not approve of Trump's decision and regarding Jerusalem".

Taking a more diplomatic approach, the French president has committed himself "very clearly to doing everything" in his power to further peace.

Instead, he will wait for the outcome of the U.S. efforts following Trump's recognition of Jerusalem.

The 40-year-old French leader has stepped up his meetings with leaders from the Middle East in recent weeks, hosting Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris less than a fortnight ago.

This time, we are united for peace and I hope that the others will learn the lesson that no stances can be dictated to the world by money.

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