0949 GMT March 25, 2019
Al-Quds “is not for sale,” Abbas said in a speech marking the 54th anniversary of the Fatah party’s founding in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday, Press TV reported.
“We will not allow anyone to advance a plot against Jerusalem (Al-Quds),” he noted, stressing that the city “will remain the eternal capital of the Palestinian state, as late president Yasser Arafat said that a Palestinian child will raise the flag of Palestine on the walls, minarets and churches of Jerusalem.”
US President Donald Trump sparked anger among Palestinians and the entire international community in December 2017, when he recognized Al-Quds as the Israeli “capital.”
Washington also moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city months later in defiance of global warnings.
Abbas said that the embassy relocation would fail to undermine the right of Palestinians to Al-Quds and would not cause them to give up their principles.
He also emphasized that the Palestinian people would press on with their struggle until they establish their independent state, saying, “The revolution goes on and will continue.”
He added that the Palestinian nation would not accept Trump’s so-called “deal of the century” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In the wake of Trump’s policy shift on Al-Quds, the Palestinian president described the US president’s proposed plan, which is yet to be unveiled, as the “slap of the century,” saying Washington could no more act as a mediator in the so-called peace process due to its bias toward Tel Aviv.
Abbas added that Washington’s punitive measures against Palestinians would not change their position on refugee rights.
Amid tensions with Palestinians, the US ended its decades of funding for the UN agency that helps Palestinian refugees and slashed aid for projects in the West Bank and Gaza.