Abbas heads to Europe in bid to circumvent US in peace process

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By Dov Lieber.. The Palestinian leader will be seeking money and recognition, and will try to launch a new international framework for statehood. On Monday (January 22, 2018), Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will head to Brussels, where he hopes to set out on a new path to Palestinian statehood, without the United States. After US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December (2017), the Palestinian leadership declared Washington could no longer fulfil the historic and central role in the peace process it has held for over two decades. [Photo top right: Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federical Mogherini | Photo credit: CIDI The Netherlands]. 

Last week the Central Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PCC) — the second-highest decision-making body for Palestinians — voted to make that process official. The US “has lost its eligibility to function as a mediator and sponsor of the peace process” until it reverses the Jerusalem decision, the council said.

With the US out of the picture as far as he is concerned, Abbas faces two major challenges that he hopes Europe can help solve. Read the full story.



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