PLO Accuses US of Seeking Overthrow

Mahmoud Abbas heads a meeting of the Palestinian Authority government in Ramallah

Mahmoud Abbas heads a meeting of the Palestinian Authority government in Ramallah

Moreover, the PLO Executive Committee made a decision to "refer to the UN Security Council, General Assembly and the International Criminal Court [ICC], asking them to refuse to recognize the state of Israel until it renounces the recognition of Jerusalem as its capital".

Speaking to the media, senior aide to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Nabil Shaath, said Japan had pledged to support the Palestinian right to create an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital during the latest talks between the two countries. "If President Abbas demonstrates he can be that type of leader, we would welcome it".

Shaath further said Palestine would increase aid to UNRWA.

After a long meeting on Saturday evening, the executive committee of the PLO said it had asked the Palestinian government to "begin devising plans to disengage from the Israeli occupation authorities at the political, security, economic and administrative levels".

He added that every government, including the PLO, "makes mistakes" but contended the U.S.is attempting to stage a "coup" to overthrow Abbas.

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The US and Israel are searching for Palestinian leaders who will accept the "liquidation of the Palestinian national project", Erekat said.

"President Abbas declared the landmark Oslo Peace Accords dead".

On Dec. 6 of a year ago, the US president recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, sparking condemnation and protest across the Arab and Muslim world.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (C-R) speaks during a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah on January 14, 2018.

In the wake of the recognition, the Palestinians have said the USA can not be an honest broker in the peace talks and have refused to meet with U.S. officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, who visited the region last month.

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"We don't seek a confrontation or a fight with the USA administration", Erekat said.

The PLO statement denounced U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's statements in Israel last month where he said the United States embassy will be moved to Jerusalem before the end of 2019.

When we asked for a new worldwide mechanism for the talks, this did not mean that we had given up our commitment to talks as a means to achieve peace with Israel.

Erekat insisted Palestinians are not looking for a fight with the US, as they plan to take the USA decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel to the International Court of Justice.

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