Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Muslim leaders that the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was a "the greatest crime."
The comment came one day after the Trump official moved to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The Islamist group has ruled Gaza since 2007.
The bloodiest spate of Israeli-Palestinian violence for years was prompted by new security Israeli measures at Jerusalem's holiest site.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and President Donald Trump are both hopeful about an eventual Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. Speaking about Trump, Abbas said, "With you, we have hope."
Sean Spicer confirmed the meeting.
If Trump is serious about his desire to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for Israel's own sake, he must demand that Netanyahu commit himself to create a Palestinian state.
Although the resolution was largely on target, it lacked specific suggestions that could be embraced by the Trump administration to help advance the peace process in a tangible way.
"We hope it does not happen”
Both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority accused one another of foiling the election for political reasons. With their arbitrary arrest of journalists, West Bank and Gaza have joined Israel as they politicize their judicial system to demonize inconvenient actors and suppress criticism.
The Palestinian government denied that Abbas had been a Soviet spy, and accused Israel of “waging a smear campaign” aimed at derailing efforts to revive peace negotiations that collapsed in 2014.
The Hamas Leadership might not know the above quote, but they will certainly be rubbing their collective blood-soaked hands with glee at the frankly mind-boggling decision by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to call municipal elections for October 8th in the West Bank.