The Palestinians will not accept “any plan” for peace proposed by the United States in the Middle East after recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in Paris Friday in a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.
“We will not accept any plan from the United States,” he said after an interview with French head of state Emmanuel Macron and the day after a broad conviction by the UN General Assembly of the decision of US President Donald Trump on December 6 to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“The United States has disqualified itself,” said the Palestinian president, who refused to meet US Vice President Mike Pence on his upcoming trip to the Middle East, and as the United States prepares a peace plan for the region to be unveiled around spring 2018.
Of the 193 member countries of the UN, 128 voted in favor of this non-binding resolution, including many Washington allies such as France and the United Kingdom. The number of countries that voting on the resolution allowed the United States – which had been waging the threat of financial retaliation against the UN – to limit the damage.
For French president Emmanuel Macron, the United States is now “marginalized” in this issue, but refrained from saying that France was rushing to take a leading role in the crisis that has plagued international relations for decades.
Mr. Abbas nonetheless called for a French involvement. “Mr. President, we trust you, we respect you, we appreciate your words, we expect a lot, a lot of you, we hope to continue to work well together, “said Abbas.
Asserting that French diplomacy was “methodical”, President Macron dismissed any unilateral recognition by France of a Palestinian state.
“Is unilateral decision to recognize Palestine effective? I do not believe so. Because it would be a reaction “to the American decision” that caused disturbances in the region,” he said. “I would replicate an error of a similar type,” he said, adding that he was not going to “build the choice of France in reaction” to US policy.
Emmanuel Macron, who will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories in 2018, recalled the French position that “there is no alternative to the two-State solution and no solution without agreement between the parties on Jerusalem”.
Returning to the position of the United States, which had threatened to “write down the names” of the countries that would vote for the resolution, Mr. Abbas said that “we can not impose a position onto the world using money “.
“You can not pay states to adopt a particular political position,” he said.
“The United States will remember that day when it was pilloried by the General Assembly for the sole exercise of our sovereign right,” the US ambassador to the United Nations said before the vote. Nikki Haley. “We will remember when we are asked once again to make the largest financial contribution to the UN,” she said.
Washington’s decision on Jerusalem and the UN vote are serious headwinds for American diplomacy, which will now have to let the storm pass before trying to regain control, especially with the peace plan prepared in great secrecy by the President’s son-in-law, his close adviser, Jared Kushner.
Initially expected around January, the presentation of this plan had to be postponed towards the end of the first quarter of 2018, time to let fall the dust.