Palestinian officials said Wednesday that they fear that US President Donald Trump will not call for an end to Israel’s “occupation” of Yehudah and Shomron following his meeting Wednesday with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) in New York, and accused the Americans of basing their vision of peace between Israel and the Palestinians on Israeli plans of “extending Palestinian autonomy,” rather than pushing for full statehood.
Israel Broadcast Corporation (Kan) cited reports in various Palestinian media saying that Abu Mazen would meet with Trump ahead of the former’s address to the world body Wednesday evening, and that Palestinian officials have knocked back an American offer of a joint statement following the meeting should Trump fail to meet Palestinian expectations.
According to the report by the Israel Broadcast Corporation (Kan), PA Foreign Minister Riad Malaki told Voice of Palestine radio that United States’ negotiators are ‘not prepared’ at this time to make any new proposals to reinvigorate the stalled negotiations process with Israel.
As a result, Abbas and US President Donald Trump are unlikely to issue a joint statement
The IBC report also said the Palestinians have pegged the success of domestic reconciliation efforts between Abu Mazen’s Fatah faction and Gaza-based Hamas on the success of the Abbas-Trump meeting. The Palestinian sources said the American administration has given a green light to Egypt and Abu Mazen to ‘make progress’ on the reconciliation process, and added that Hamas officials in Gaza have instructed government workers to prepare to hand over authority to government ministers from Ramallah.
Hamas has also reportedly agreed to allow Fatah border guards to man border crossings in and out of the Gaza Strip, but has insisted on maintaining responsibility for security in the Strip in Hamas hands.