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    Earlier, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, crucial sides in any prospective Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement, rejected Trump's "deal of the century" plan for ending the ongoing conflict.

    Head of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas stated during his speech at the UN Security Council that the Palestinians have rejected Trump's peace plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, calling it a "Swiss cheese" deal and insisting that it would limit Palestinian sovereignty.

    "We reject the Israeli-American plan [which] throws into question the legitimate rights of the Palestinians", Abbas said.

    He added that peace between Israel and the Palestinians is still possible, going on to say that the PNA is committed to achieving it. In light of this, Abbas called on the UN to hold an international peace conference in order to achieve a resolution to the conflict, adding that the PNA is ready to start negotiations with the mediation of the Middle East Quartet. Abbas' idea was supported by Russian envoy to the UN Vasily Nebenzya, who called for the efforts of the Middle East Quartet, which includes the US, EU, UN, and Russia, to be intensified.

    At the same time, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres stated that the international organisation’s position hasn't changed since the release of Trump's plan. The UN continues to support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict within the pre-1967 borders.

    "The United Nations remains committed to supporting Palestinians and Israelis to resolve the conflict on the basis of relevant UN resolutions, international law and bilateral agreements and realizing the vision of two states - Israel and Palestine - living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders on the basis of the pre-1967 lines", Guterres said.

    Publication of Trump's Plan and Its Aftermath

    Trump revealed his Middle East peace plan during a 28 January press conference. The plan, also dubbed by POTUS as the "deal of the century", proposes the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, but with its capital on the outskirts of East Jerusalem, rather than inside it. The scattered Palestinian territories would be united by a system of highways, bridges, and tunnels.

    While the Palestinians receive only minor land concessions under the deal, Israel would have its settlements recognised and be granted authority over the Jordan Valley if the agreement is signed. This is unlikely, however, as the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, two major parties needed for the deal to work, have rejected Trump's plan.

    They were particularly dissatisfied with the fact that their primary demands for the peace deal were not met, such as having a capital in East Jerusalem and the implementation of the Right of Return, which would grant Palestinians the ability to regain property lost when the state of Israel was established.

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