"This deal is not an global partnership".
In 2008, Abbas and Olmert held a closed-door meeting in a bid to outline a possible peace deal and draft a form for an independent Palestinian state. Geographically, they span Europe, South Africa, Australia, Canada and Central America.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered in the West Bank city of Ramallah earlier Tuesday to show support for Abbas' position against the USA plan while he's in NY. A peace plan in name only, it will perpetuate the occupation and doom the region to a destructive future of more bloodshed and conflict.
The President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday rejected the peace plan that was recently unveiled by the USA administration. "No, this deal is not just", Abbas said. As for the "Deal of the Century", the European Union announced that the plan exceeds the agreed upon global standards, and assured that it will continue to support the 2-state solution based on the 1967 borders.
"British and world leaders must reject this plan which runs counter to global law as well as to the Jewish values of justice and peace". The United Nations has long supported a two-state solution on such basis, he said.
Pollster PCPSR said that in a Palestinian election, Abbas would win 44 percent of the vote compared to 49 percent for Ismail Haniyeh, leader of the militant Islamist movement Hamas.
The plan permits Israel to annex 30 percent of the West Bank-a condition Abbas said "legitimized what is illegal, settlements and confiscation of land and annexation of Palestinian land".
He told the Security Council the plan violates numerous United Nations resolutions, annuls Palestinian rights "to self-determination, freedom and independence in our own state", and should not be considered a basis for negotiations.
Of the four European Union members that hold seats on the Security Council, two of them - Germany and Estonia - looked ready to abstain from a vote criticising the USA plan, diplomats said.
Abbas rejected that proposal, claiming that Olmert refused to give him a copy of the plan's map to study.
The proposed plan laid out a vision for establishing a Palestinian state while also legalizing Israeli rule over settlements built in occupied territory.
"I think that there is a partner", Olmert reiterated as quoted by The Times of Israel, calling Abbas "the only partner in the Palestinian community that represents the Palestinian people, and that has manifested that he is prepared to negotiate". "Only when he steps down, can Israel and the Palestinians move forward".
"The U.S. can not be the sole mediator", he said.
The two men met amidst gripes here and in Israel that Olmert no longer has a political base and that Abbas has been ineffectual as a leader of the Palestinians.
Abbas said he is ready to start negotiations under the sponsorship of the Quartet and based on internationally agreed parameters.
The second geopolitical development enabling the USA to offer this kind of deal is related to the first - as Israel has solidified itself into a genuine Middle East power, it has also become a much more attractive partner for other Arab nations to want to work with.
Israel and the USA have been optimistic of winning at least muted backing from Arab states traditionally supportive of the Palestinians, with Gulf monarchies united with Israel in their hostility to Iran.
Under the proposition, the Palestinians would have parts of the West Bank and Gaza for their state and a brand-new capital in Abu Dis, a residential area simply outside Jerusalem.