Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refused a phone call with US President Dondald Trump.
A widely-circulated report originally published by Anadolu Agency on January 27 claims that the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refused to answer a call from US President Donald Trump, the day before he revealed his peace plan. Claims were circulating across the MENA region.
The claim, which was later published by several news networks, indicated that Abbas refused to take Trump’s call after the “Deal of the Century” that was proposed by the United States, which Abbas considered “one-sided."
The US Peace plan, known as the Deal of the Century or the Trump Peace Plan, is a set of political and economic proposals presented on January 28, 2020 by President Donald Trump. It includes an international effort of $50 billion for Palestinian State development. Israel keeps Jerusalem as its indivisible capital, and the Palestinians have theirs on a fraction of East Jerusalem.
Misbar's investigation found that Quds News Network interviewed Fateh Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad, who denied that President Mahmoud Abbas had rejected or ignored any call from US administration. He said it was simply a rumor and that contacts with Washington were completely cut off.
We also checked the official Palestinian news agency WAFA and found no mention of the claim attributed to an unknown person.