Jerusalem status: Deal of the century is the 'slap' of the century, says Abbas

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Ramallah Jan 15, 2018, 03.34 AM (IST)

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas accused Israel of "ending the Oslo peace accord" while lashing out at President Trump declaring the US president's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was a "slap of the century".

"The deal of the century is the slap of the century and we will not accept it," Abbas said, adding,"We said 'no' to Trump, we will not accept your project."

The Palestinian president said that Isreal "ended" the Oslo accord signed in Washinton in 1993. The accord was first signed in Washinton between Israel and  Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and then the Oslo II accord was signed in Egypt.

The Oslo accord was an interim structure to oversee administration and security in those areas with the hope that in time the Palestinian self-authority and Israeli withdrawal would boost mutual trust to settle other contentious issues including the status of Jerusalem, the refugee crisis and Israeli settlements.

The Oslo accord aimed to create Palestinian authority over some parts of West Bank and Gaza Strip. The accord was brokered by President Clinton with Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat shaking hands at the White House gardens. The peace process, however, faltered after Rabin was assassinated in 1995.

"I am saying that Oslo, there is no Oslo," Abbas said. 

"Israel ended Oslo," Abbas added. The Palestinian president said a meeting needed to be held on how to now go forward on the issue.

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The Oslo accord aimed to create Palestinian authority over some parts of West Bank and Gaza Strip. ||The peace process, however, faltered after Rabin was assassinated in 1995.