Palestinians claim they will cancel ‘recognition’ of Israel if US embassy moves



President-elect Donad Trump. Credit: Joint Congressional Inauguration Committee.

( Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has promised to “cancel” the Palestinians’ “recognition” of Israel if President-elect Donald Trump goes forward with moving America’s Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The official PA daily newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reported that Abbas said he wrote to Trump, warning him against the embassy move and noting that the Palestinians “will discuss several options for a response, after consultations are held with Arab states,” including the possibility of “canceling our recognition of Israel.”

Yet according to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), an organization that monitors Palestinian incitement in traditional and social media, the Palestinians have “never recognized Israel’s right to exist” in the first place. 

“In speeches, at events, and visually, the PA, Fatah and their leaders have continued to present ‘Palestine’ as including all of Israel, and have expressed that the final goal is that all Israel's land will be in one state: ‘Palestine,’” PMW said.

In an interview that aired on official PA TV Dec. 26, 2016, Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad said that a Palestinian state in the West Bank is a precursor to the Palestinians seizing full control of “historic Palestine.”

“As North Vietnam took South Vietnam, a Palestinian state in West Bank will surely expand and take all of Israel,” Al-Ahmad said.

Posted on January 17, 2017 .