Since US President Donald Trump controversially recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, to the outrage of the Arab world, rocket fire from Gaza has barraged Israel's southern communities.
Pic: ReutersRAMALLAH, WEST BANK: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday he would only accept a broad, internationally-backed panel to broker any peace talks with Israel, but did not rule out a US role in such a panel.
While calling for a "review" of all agreements reached with Israel since the 1993 Oslo accords, Abbas reiterated his commitment to a two-state solution, which to the Palestinians includes a capital in east Jerusalem.
"We are in a very risky stage", Abbas said.
The meeting in Ramallah of the Palestinian Central Council - a high-ranking arm of the Palestine Liberation Organisation - was called in the wake of Trump's December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Trump stressed his recognition wasn't taking a position on the city's boundaries.
"We will not accept anything the United States may try to impose on us and we will not accept its mediation following that crime", said Abbas, referring to Trump's Jerusalem decision.
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Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas blasted Trump for his handling of Mideast peace efforts.
Since Trump announced nearly a year ago that he hoped to broker the "ultimate deal", Palestinians say his strategy has unraveled because it favors Israel.
His ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has said the administration is considering a cut in aid to the UN agency that takes care of Palestinian refugees.
"We are not giving up on a country with a Jewish majority and a border between us and them", she said on Twitter.
Abbas went on to say that any future negotiations would require an worldwide committee in the framework of an global conference to minimize US influence.
"Abbas's rambling speech was also noteworthy for what was not there - namely, any real vision for moving beyond the failed US-led Oslo paradigm".