Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Palestinian President Abbas to Ask Biden to Move US Embassy Back to Tel Aviv

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas intends to ask President-elect Joe Biden to restore the US government office to Tel Aviv, reports said on Sunday, after the embassy was relocated by Donald Trump to Jerusalem in a dubious move dismissed by the international community.

Abbas has already sent covert communications to Biden expressing that he is willing to return to US-brokered peace talks, as indicated by Israel Hayom, which cited Palestinian Authority senior advisor Nabil Shaath.

In any case, the Palestinian president emphasized that peace talks will possibly happen in the event that they are continued from where they left off in 2016, under the Barack Obama organisation.

Abbas will likewise request that the US reopens the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington, which was covered in 2018, and renews aid through the UN Office for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) after Trump cut support.

Biden is relied upon to stroll back parts of Trump’s record, notably by restricting Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank, which the duly elected president has depicted as an obstruction to peace.

He has likewise promised to re-establish “humanitarian aid for the Palestinian people” and would re-open a consulate in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem “to engage the Palestinians”.

However, his 2020 campaign said he would not switch Trump’s international embassy, which at the time was dismissed by the UN and the EU.

The Palestinian Authority had cut ties with Trump’s organisation, blaming it for being blatantly supportive of Israel.

In an assertion saluting Biden and Harris, Abbas encouraged the approaching organisation “to upgrade the Palestinian-American relations”.

Abbas said he needed to work with the new organisation ” to strengthen the Palestinian-American relations and to achieve freedom, independence, justice, and dignity for our people, as well as to work for peace, stability, and security for all in our region and the world”.

Abbas’ message, however, was only delivered some 15 hours after Biden was declared president and most world leaders had sent their congratulations.

Nigel Simmonds
Nigel Simmonds, Journalist at Peres Daily

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