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Israel Made President Abbas a 'Prisoner' in Ramallah - Palestinian Sources

Israel Made President Abbas a 'Prisoner' in Ramallah - Palestinian Sources

At Abbas's headquarters a large banner was erected with a picture of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound with the slogan "Jerusalem is victorious".

Israeli regime authorities shut down Al-Aqsa compound for nearly three days following a deadly shooting attack on July 14, only to reopen it after having installed increased and humiliating security measures.

During the shrine crisis, Abbas said he was suspending security ties with Israel until the metal detectors have been removed.

Abdullah has strongly criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's response to the incident, and said that the latter exploited the crisis at the Amman embassy for political purposes. A few hours later, the metal detectors were dismantled.

The Hamas-dominated parliament has not met since the Islamist movement took over the Gaza coastal enclave in June 2007, ousting Fatah forces loyal to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

Trump's team have yet to publicly commit themselves to the two-state solution, the idea of an independent Palestinian state next to Israel that has been the basis of decades of global consensus.

Mr. Abbas's spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeinah said "the leader will not leave Ramallah due to the freezing of links with Israel".




While the two leaders meet fairly frequently in Amman and other regional capitals, Abdullah has not visited Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority, since December 2012.

Mr. Abbas has become increasingly unpopular among ordinary Palestinians in recent months because he is seen as weak and compliant in the face of increasing Israeli aggression.

The decision cut power supplies which provide around 30 percent of Gaza's electricity needs. "We will continue the gradual stopping of financial allocations to the Gaza Strip until Hamas commits to reconciliation" with the Abbas administration, the president said.

There are increasing health concerns about Mr. Abbas, who is 82 and was treated for prostate cancer a few years ago.

Jordan retains custody of the mosque through an Islamic endowment, known as the Waqf, and the Jordanian monarch announced last week that he would be donating $1 million to its Islamic Museum, 300 Jordanian dinars ($423) to Waqf employees and be making a special payment to certain guards.

Some Palestinians have never been able to visit al-Aqsa due to Israeli regime policies shaping its half-century occupation of the Palestinian territory.