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Abbas says rejected offer for annexing Sinai to Gaza Strip

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A handout picture released by the Palestinian government's press office shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (R) meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Egyptian capital Cairo on November 8, 2015. (AFP)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he had rejected a plan proposed to him by Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi to slice 1,000 kilometers off Sinai and add it to the Gaza Strip.

Abbas made the comments during a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo on Sunday, al-Arabiya TV network reported on Monday.

Abbas stated that Morsi had urged him to accept the plan despite his insistence that he “would not accept one centimeter of Egyptian land.”

According to the Jerusalem Post, Abbas also claimed the plan had been devised by the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, and Israel under the supervision of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and that he was aware of the names of the rest of the people involved in the negotiations.

Hamas leaders have denied having any negotiations with Israel and the claims that their movement wishes to annex a part of Sinai to the Palestinian coastal enclave.

“There are no negotiations with the Zionist entity and we won’t recognize it,” said a senior Hamas leader, Musa Abu Marzouk. “We are seeking a state from the (Jordan) River to the (Mediterranean) Sea.”

Another Hamas official, Ziad al-Thatha, said that Abbas no longer represents the Palestinians because he has lost his legitimacy as the Palestinian president, and that his actions were similar to that of a “clown”.


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