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Hamas said on Saturday that it would not participate in a meeting of Palestinian leaders to debate responses to the controversial USA recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

While welcomed in Israel, Trump's declaration was met with anger by Palestinians, with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas saying the U.S. was no longer an honest broker in peace talks and the Gaza-based terror group Hamas calling for an intifada, or violent uprising.

He also accused Israel of ending the 1994 Oslo Peace Accords that form the basis of Palestinian ties with Israel.

"We are in a very unsafe stage", Abbas said.

"I call on the Central Council to revise all the agreements signed between the PLO and Israel because Israel has brought these agreements to a dead end", said Abbas.

"We said "no" to Trump, "we will not accept your project", the Palestinian president said.

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas said Friday it will not attend a central council meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) next week in Ramallah.

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Since Trump announced nearly a year ago that he hoped to broker the "ultimate deal", Palestinians say his strategy has unraveled because it favors Israel.

Previous US administrations have hewed to the global consensus that East Jerusalem, which includes the Old City and its key religious sites, would be the capital of any Palestinian state.

Trump stressed his recognition wasn't taking a position on the city's boundaries.

Israel says it would welcome the United States as a mediator but a US bid to revive negotiations, led by Trump's adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has so far shown no progress.

The 121-member council will meet Monday to discuss strategy for responding to Trump's announcement, but Abbas offered few concrete policy proposals. "To there we have to advance, with or without the Palestinians".

Earlier this month, Palestinian leaders said they will not be "blackmailed" after Trump threatened to cut aid worth more than $300 million annually to force them to negotiate.

Even so, Abbas reaffirmed his commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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