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  • Mourners carry the body of Palestinian man Hani Abu Sha'ar, killed in an Israeli air strike, during his funeral in the southern Gaza Strip.

    Mourners carry the body of Palestinian man Hani Abu Sha'ar, killed in an Israeli air strike, during his funeral in the southern Gaza Strip. | Photo: Reuters

Published 10 May 2019

"This is not a peace plan but rather conditions for surrender, and there is no amount of money that can make it acceptable," al-Maliki said.

The United States is crafting a surrender document, not a peace plan, Palestine's foreign minister told the United Nations Thursday.

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Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said the Palestinians will not accept the U.S.'s offer no matter how much money is attached to it, expressing the Palestinian stance on the proposed plan by the Trump administration as a solution to cease the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"This is not a peace plan but rather conditions for surrender, and there is no amount of money that can make it acceptable," al-Maliki told the United State's Middle East peace negotiator, Jason Greenblatt.

"Some ask us, 'what if they surprise you?' We tell them we would have been more hopeful had they not been deaf to our appeals, blind to Israeli violations and mute, at best, on the fundamentals of peace, when not actively undermining them," added the foreign minister.

Palestinian officials currently rule out the U.S.'s role in peace talks after the Trump administration unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, upending long-established understandings that undermine negotiations to end decades of Irsraeli occuption of Palestine and provide for a two-state solution.

"When the US, prior to announcing its plan, recognizes Jerusalem as the so-called 'capital of Israel' and claims they are entitled to take such a sovereign decision that is in blatant violation of international law and UN Security Council resolutions and pretend it has no implications on peace, it is not possible to have faith in such efforts," Maliki said.

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Around 120 Palestinians suffered amputations due to injuries sustained by Israeli forces during the protests in the Gaza Strip this year, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian Occupied Territories, Jamie McGoldrick, reported Wednesday.

The U.N. official confirmed that "health structures are in poor condition" in the Gaza enclave and requested US$20 million in additional funds to care for 1,700 Palestinians at risk of amputation.

"Of the 29,000 (injured), 7,000 have been hit by live fire, and those are those who have been treated in facilities that are under great stress," he said.

 McGoldrick confirmed that the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, traveled to Egypt to strengthen the ceasefire agreed to Monday after last weekend's clashes resulted in the deaths of 29 Palestinians and four Israelis, according to U.N. data.

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