PCP strongly condemns the so-called “Agreement of the Century”, presented yesterday by the US Administration, and denounces the blackmail campaign to impose its unacceptable conditions, an open affront to the national rights of the Palestinian people, international law and the many decades of United Nations Resolutions that recognize and consecrate them.
The plan now announced is inseparable from the warmongering escalation of US imperialism and Israel's Zionist regime in the Middle East, including US decisions in blatant disregard for international law, such as "recognising" Jerusalem as Israel's capital; accepting the “legality” of settlements built in the territories occupied in 1967; or the "recognition" of the annexation of the Syrian Golan Heights, illegally occupied by Israel - in addition to the cuts in US funding to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees.
The Trump Administration's Plan represents a very serious abandonment of any prospect for a just, negotiated and lasting solution to the Palestinian question, which is part of the imperialist and Zionist strategy of destabilization, provocation and domination, and which could have serious consequences for the peoples of the Middle East and around the world.
The Trump Administration's plan foresees, among other unacceptable measures, Israel's effective occupation and annexation of Jerusalem and about half of the West Bank of the Jordan River, as well as the legalization and territorial continuity of Israeli settlements built on Palestinian territory, thereby furthering the main objective of escalating the occupation and annexation by Israel of Palestinian territories.
The “promise” to establish, in the long term, in the small remaining territory, a Palestinian entity without territorial continuity or economic viability, without effective status as a sovereign and independent state, demilitarized and where border control, security and sovereignty over the sea and airspace would remain under the control of Israel, together with the denial of the right of return for Palestinian refugees, aims to make the creation of the State of Palestine unfeasible, thus signifying the abandonment of the two-state solution to the Palestinian issue , a perspective that should deserve the prompt and unequivocal rejection by all those who are committed to safeguarding and complying with the inalienable national rights of the Palestinian people and international law, starting with the United Nations.
The PCP demands that the Portuguese Government issue an unequivocal condemnation of the plan now disclosed, as well as a clear response in support of international law and the rights of the Palestinian people, namely through compliance with the Parliament's recommendation for the recognition of the State of Palestine, along the 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as the capital and the concomitant dismantling of Israeli settlements and recognition of the right of Palestinian refugees to return under the terms of UN General Assembly resolution 194.
The seriousness of this plan – contrived in collusion with the Zionist forces and representing a clear support of the incumbent Prime Minister of Israel, grappling with a judicial process in his country for fraud and corruption – requires a firm and determined response from all defenders of peace and human rights.
Faced with the violent offensive by US imperialism and Zionist forces, PCP underlines the importance of unity and solidarity with the Palestinian cause and the inalienable rights and historical demands of this people and calls for the mobilization of public opinion in Portugal and the strengthening solidarity with the legitimate struggle of the Palestinian people for their national cause.