As the US administration prepares to roll out its long-awaited plan for peace in the Middle East, also known as the “Deal of the Century,” Iran appears to be increasing its efforts to help its allies in the region try to thwart the plan.
There are many reasons the Palestinian Arabs oppose Trump’s initiative, but a central one is that Iran stands behind Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and the Islamic Republic opposes any agreement that puts an end to hostilities with Israel.
Calling the U.S. administration’s peace plan the “deal of disgrace,” P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas says the U.S. is trying to “sell illusions” and that the PA will not be participating in the upcoming Bahrain conference.
On the anniversary of Israel’s 1948 victory, the Palestinian leadership announces that it will not accept any plan that does not include Jerusalem and the influx of millions of Palestinian descendants.