U.S. President Donald Trump plans to remove Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas from office because of recent tense relations between Washington and Ramallah, claims Channel 10, an Israeli broadcaster.
Abbas denounced Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as what he called a “flagrant violation” of international law. After Trump’s Jerusalem declaration Abbas had cancelled a meeting with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.
The Palestinian president’s opposition has led the U.S. administration to the conclusion that continuing with Abbas is impossible, and Mohammed Dahlan, who is known for his links to Israel, or Salam Fayyad, the former Palestinian prime minister, are being considered as an alternative Palestinian leader in the White House, according to the report.
It was also claimed that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman threatened Abbas that he will be ousted if he did not accept the U.S.’s new “peace plan.” On Dec. 6, Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, sparking angry demonstrations in many Muslim countries and worldwide condemnation.
An extraordinary OIC summit was held in Istanbul on Dec. 13, where Abbas stated that Palestine would no longer accept a U.S. role in the peace process. Trump’s decision was then rejected at the UN General Assembly with 128 votes condemning the move.