Hamdallah stresses rejection of U.S. peace deal, calls for reconciliation

PNN/ Ramallah/

Palestinian Prime Minister Dr. Rami Al-Hamdallah said on Thursday that the government is exerting great efforts to serve the Palestinian people according to a national agenda centered on citizens despite all challenges facing the government.

In a press conference in Ramallah on Thursday, Hamdallah said the PA is committed to the PLO program and the president’s peace initiative based on the importance of an international framework for freedom of occupation, and towards the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

In addition, Hamdallah stressed the government’s position of the US “Deal of the Century” peace plan which does not meet the rights of the Palestinian people nor does it comply with the. He also denounced Israeli settlements, saying they are in violation of international law.
He also revealed that the government is committed to its responsibilities towards the Gaza Strip and that 17 billion dollars have been spent on the strip since 2007, stressing that the government is committed to the direction of the sector.

He also pointed out that there is a financial crisis due to the failure of the countries that support the Authority to provide their commitments and pledges towards the Authority, where the support decreased by 70 percent compared to last year, despite this the government continues to fulfill its commitments towards the Palestinian people.

In terms of the reconciliation process, Hamdallah called on Hamas to hand over the Gaza Strip and enable the government to “carry out its duties to alleviate the suffering of our people there.”

He stressed that ending the division and achieving national reconciliation is a priority for the leadership, headed by President Mahmoud Abbas and the government.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah said that the government can not go to the Gaza Strip without achieving six demands: the police, civil defense, taxation, the land sector, the judiciary and the crossings.

“No one is talking about the resistance’s weapons, but we are talking about the police and civil defense. How do we work in Gaza, and we do not have police?”

As for the support of the city of Jerusalem, the Prime Minister stressed that the High Committee formed to support the Holy City and its residents in the difficult circumstances facing it has made many achievements in several areas, including the housing sector, traders, students from the Old City, and support hospitals, Which is being transferred to Jerusalem hospitals from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, as well as government support for the education sector.