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PCC declares rejection of 'Deal of the Century'

Aug. 18, 2018 2:40 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 20, 2018 3:47 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Central Council (PCC), the second highest authority after the Palestinian National Council (PNC), declared on Friday its strong rejection of the so-called "Deal of the Century."

The PCC announced on Friday that it will fight the "Deal of the Century" with all available means and also labeled the United States Trump administration as a partner to the Israeli government and part of the problem rather than the solution.

PCC issued a statement after concluding its 29th ordinary session, the session of "Martyr Razan al-Najjar and the Transition from Authority to State," which was held at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah City, in the central West Bank, and chaired by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The statement said that the PCC will the continue the severing of political relations with the US Trump administration until it retracts its illegal decisions on recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Palestinian refugees, and illegal Israeli settlements.

It also stated that "the relationship between Palestine and Israel is a relationship based on the conflict between the Palestinian people and their occupied state and the occupying power."

The PCC rejected all plans aimed at separating the besieged Gaza Strip from the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as part of the "Deal of the Century."

"The truce with the Israeli occupation power is a national responsibility of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people and not an action for the factions, as was the case in the Palestinian-Israeli indirect negotiations in 2014 that were based on the Egyptian initiative to stop the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, or to propose humanitarian projects, airports and seaports outside the borders of the State of Palestine in order to destroy the national project and the liquidation of the Palestinian cause," the statement said.

The PCC made it clear that there will be no state in the Gaza Strip or a state without the Gaza Strip.

The PCC approved the recommendations submitted by the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization to implement the decisions of the National Council, "including the suspension of recognition of the State of Israel until it recognizes the State of Palestine according to the June 4, 1967 borders, with its capital in East Jerusalem, the cessation of security coordination in all its forms, economic separation on the grounds that the transitional phase, including the Paris Protocols, no longer exist, and on the basis of identifying the pillars and steps to start the process of transition from the phase of authority to embodying the independence of the sovereign State."

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