At the meeting, Abbas repeatedly praised Palestine's United Nations mission and mentioned Ambassador Riyad Mansour three times in his 6,000-word speech, revealing his clear preference for multilateral and worldwide diplomacy instead of continued USA monopolization of the peace process, given that the Trump administration has exposed its bias by offering unilateral support to Israel, in particular on the issue of Jerusalem.
The U.S. State Department says that decision was not politically motivated.
Greenblatt is not expected to meet with Palestinian officials, who have announced their intentions to boycott any efforts initiated by the US since Trump's Jerusalem announcement.
Vice President Mike Pence waves as he walks on Capitol Hill in Washington on January 3. Abbas' frustration, the group said, was "no excuse for calling into question either the Jewish connection to, or Palestinian recognition of, the state of Israel - or for language and proposals that are justifiably earning widespread condemnation". He said that Palestinians want only about 22 percent of Palestine as mentioned in history. Nevertheless, in the 80s and 90s, hopes were raised by a steady stream of Israeli and Moroccan diplomats in and out of Rabat and Tel Aviv.
The current facility at the site is the US Consulate in Jerusalem, which handles relations with the Palestinians; the United States does not have a consular office in Ramallah. Some Israeli newspapers, as well as Jewish leaders in the USA and Europe are asking if Trump and family put personal interests ahead of the U.S.'s. At the same time, he explained, they don't believe the Trump administration will win support for any peace plan that weakens Arab ties to Jerusalem.
Al-Azhar's grand imam, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, described Trump's Jerusalem decision as "unjust", and said it must be countered by a revival of awareness of the Palestinian struggle.
Official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency quoted Abbas as saying that US President Donald Trump's administration could not be trusted, and "is no longer suitable for the role of mediator of the peace process".
For the Palestinians, the announcement was seen as unfairly siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in a decades-old conflict.
It saw discussions on ways to create awareness about the Jerusalem cause and its Arab identity, and the global responsibility towards it following the US President Donald Trump's recent decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. On Jan. 18, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki wrote to the ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, reminding her that Palestine, which joined the ICC three years ago, had submitted the necessary materials but that no investigation into Israeli actions has been launched. Abdullah's father, the late King Hussein - the gold-standard of west-leaning Arab moderation of his time, who attended 45 clandestine meetings with Israel in his search for peace - faced similar quandaries. "Ok, we said them ... but now what?"
The Palestinian President went on to assert: "The Jews of Europe preferred dying in the Holocaust than coming to Israel", conveniently forgetting that it was the Arabs of Palestine who rioted to stop immigration. Combined with the Arab population in Israel, the number of Palestinians is near parity with Israel's Jewish population. He said it is vital for the U.S.to keep pushing for a two-state solution. However, nearly half of those opposing that option said that they would change their minds if there were mutual trust-building initiatives between Israelis and Palestinians.