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Trump's Jerusalem move 'ends Oslo accords', warns senior Fatah official

Israel seized control of the eastern part of the holy city in the 1967 [Getty]

Date of publication: 16 December, 2017

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Fatah's vice-chairman has warned Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has effectively ended the Oslo peace accords.

Fatah's vice-chairman has warned Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has effectively ended the Oslo peace accords, between Israelis and Palestinians.

Mahmoud al-Aloul made the comments on Friday during an appearance on An-Najah TV, as four Palestinians were killed and hundreds wounded in clashes with Israeli forces.

"Oslo has ended. This Israeli occupation has ended everything, nothing at all remains of Oslo," he said.

Aloul is referring to the 1993 landmark accord between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which grants Palestinians limited autonomy over the territories where they live.

The deal led to the PLO ordering militants to stop attacking Israeli troops, with Israel agreeing to restrict settlement building.

"This agreement is only being adhered to by one side, when it was supposedly signed by two sides. This Israeli occupation does not abide by the agreement and has constantly violated it," Aloul said.

Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas will hold meetings over the next two days to take "decisive measures" in retaliation for Washington's controversial move, he said.

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President Donald Trump's 6 December announcement that he would break with decades of US policy and move the embassy to Jerusalem has stirred global condemnation.

Mass demonstrations have been held in Arab and Muslim countries.

Israel seized control of the eastern part of the holy city in the 1967 Middle East war and sees the whole of Jerusalem as its undivided capital. The Palestinians view the east as the capital of their future state.

For decades global powers have avoided taking an opinion, keeping their embassies in Tel Aviv instead.

Trump declared, however, that he would move the embassy and has recognised the city as Israel's capital.

Abbas will not meet Vice-Preisdent Mike Pence when he visits the region next week and has warned that Washington no longer had a role to play in the peace process.

Successive US administrations have sought unsuccessfully to broker a final peace deal since the 1990s Oslo accords.

Trump, too, is working on such an offer through his son-in-law and key adviser Jared Kushner.

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