Palestinian sources quoted Abbas as saying that he was “surprised” that he was unable to obtain from Biden a single sentence that could be presented as progress in the political process with Israel.
The idea of a three-state confederation – a mini EU – covering the whole of what was originally Mandate Palestine, might open a hitherto unexplored path.
Fatah and PIJ gunmen are flooding the streets of Nablus and Jenin. The PA won't stop them because they will look like "collaborators" with Israel.
Few details were released about the short meeting, but it appears to be an effort to prevent the Palestinians from being marginalized.
The Palestinians favor the EU as a broker because of its strong support for the two-state solution and its ability to pressure Israel more than the US can, expert says.
Below is a list of ten pledges and steps the US took during Biden's visit, often together with Israel, designed to impact Palestinians.
In his speech, Abbas stressed the need to “end Israeli occupation of the land of the State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital.”
The US has been blunt about its opposition to accusations of Israeli apartheid, but Biden did not respond to Abbas' use of that language.
To help improve Palestinian day-to-day life, Biden said, he was pledging an additional $200 million to the United Relief and Works Agency.
Biden’s refusal to allow Israelis to visit along with him and his change of flags signaled he does not recognize Israeli sovereignty or authority in that part of Jerusalem.