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Trump prepared to move on Middle East peace plan without Palestinians

02 February 2018

The Middle East Quartet is an global mechanism comprising Russian Federation, the European Union, the United Nations and the United States, aimed at mediating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The report, which said a final decision had yet to be made by the administration on when or whether to present its proposal, came after Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump's top Middle East peace negotiator, said in two speeches this week that efforts to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace were still underway and urged the Palestinians to return to the table.

"In the city of Qalqilya, meanwhile, two Palestinians sustained injuries from rubber bullets, while another 28 suffered excessive teargas inhalation", the PRC statement read.

They commended the decision of the UN General Assembly session on December 21, 2017, to invalidate the USA recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel.

They also hailed Egypt's Al-Azhar worldwide conference for backing Jerusalem as the main capital of occupied Palestine, under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. The administration also made clear that additional US donations will be contingent on major changes by UNRWA, which has been heavily criticized by Israel. "By continuing to act against the United States and seeking unilateral action against Israel, Abbas is completely misreading today's reality and harming the prospects for a better future for his people".

Kuwait is the Arab representative on the Security Council and as president it decides its program of work for the month.

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"The United States has been the single largest donor to the Palestinians in history", he said.

Among those present at the Brussels meeting was the Palestinian Authority's prime minister, Rami Hamdallah, marking the first time a Palestinian official has worked with USA officials since Trump's Jerusalem announcement.

The conferees chose to refer the plan to 149th regular meeting of the League's Council due on March 6-7.

Al-Otaibi said Carter has followed the Palestinian question for a long time, his position against Israeli settlement expansion is well-known, "and we believe that he does a role to play, he can give his opinion, and that's why we chose to invite him". An outraged Abbas rejected the decision, saying the US could no longer be an acceptable mediator in the peace process. "To get historic results, we need courageous leaders".

"I am particularly pleased to see you Prime Minister Hamdallah - I hope as a sign of the Palestinian Authority's continued commitment to the process which we have undertaken together", he said.

Trump prepared to move on Middle East peace plan without Palestinians