Palestinian president: US can no longer oversee peace process

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday that President Trump‘s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital undercut the ability of the United States to broker a peace deal between the Palestinians and Israelis.

“We reject the American decision over Jerusalem,” Abbas said in a statement reported by Reuters. “With this position the United States has become no longer qualified to sponsor the peace process.”

Trump has vowed to broker a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians, which he has called the “ultimate deal.”

But his announcement on Wednesday recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel prompted backlash from leaders in the Arab and Muslim worlds, who warned that the decision would stir outrage and instability in the region.

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