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PLO: Trump Has Closed Doors to Peace.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), stated on Tuesday that US President Donald Trump has closed the doors to peace.

Erekat was reacting to Trump's speech at the opening session of United Nations General Assembly, WAFA reported.

"President Trump has confirmed that his administration has closed the doors to peace and cannot play a role in peacemaking by stating that his decision to move his embassy to Israel to Jerusalem, in violation of Security Council resolution 478, was a 'recognition of reality'," Erekat said in a statement.

"Rather, what his administration did, and continues to do, is to reward and incentivize violations of international law, colonization, war crimes, and apartheid."

Erekat also lashed out at Trump for his rejection of the International Criminal Court (ICC), stressing that "his rejection of the International Criminal Court is a rejection of international law".

"It should be noted that Israel, the occupying power, did not implement any of the UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions. The reality today is that due to the one-sided pro-Israel decisions of the US administration, peace between Palestinians and Israelis have been derailed. Peace is a real need for both Palestinians, Israelis and the people of the region, and can be achieved with the realization of the two states solution, the State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, to live in peace and security side by side the state of Israel on the 1967 borders," Erekat concluded his statement.

Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), also described Trump's United Nations speech as plain bullying.

"Trump at the UN: superficial defence of unilateralism, isolationism & plain bullying," she said, adding that "he launched arrogant attack on global system from its podium, boasted of illegally moving embassy to Jerusalem & leaving HR Council! Condescending ignorance: double flaws".

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas, also criticized Tuesday the speech by Trump at the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly, saying it deepens differences.

He said in a very short statement in reaction to what Trump said at the UN on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that the speech "deepens differences and puts back the chances of achieving peace".

Abu Rudeineh stressed that "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Palestine on the 1967 borders, regardless who accepts this or rejects it".

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