Abbas affirms ‘deal of century’ will not pass

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday stressed that the so-called "deal of the century" will not pass, saying the conspiracy which started with the Balfour Declaration in 1917 has not yet come to an end.

In a speech commemorating the 14th anniversary of leader Yasser Arafat's death, President Abbas said: It is a duty upon all of us, more than any time ever, to unite under the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) � the sole legitimate representative of our Palestinian people everywhere, and the leader of their national struggle � to protect our historic and permanent national rights.

East Jerusalem, with all of its people, institutions and Christian and Islamic holy places, is the capital of our state, he added.

Abbas underlined that no one has the right to cancel the right of the Palestinian refugees and that no one can take measures against the UNRWA or try to question the numbers of refugees, as a prelude to the liquidation of the Palestinian cause.

Our national unity is the most precious thing we have, and it is our strongest weapon to face the liquidation projects and conspiracies that are being waged against our national cause. The attempts to separate Gaza from the homeland will not pass, he stressed.

Source: International Islamic news agency