Abdullah ibn Abdulaziz al Saud

Palestinian leader rejects US role in peace process

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told an international summit Wednesday that the United States was unfit to mediate the Mideast conflict, marking a major policy shift after decades spent courting American goodwill.

He announced the shift, which came in response to President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, at a summit of Muslim leaders that condemned the U.S. move and called for world recognition of a Palestinian state with its capital in east Jerusalem.

Abbas said Trump's decision was a "crime," which came at a time when the Palestinians were engaged with Washington in a new push to reach a long-elusive peace agreement with Israel,...