Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Abbas calls for worldwide Mideast peace conference by mid

Abbas calls for worldwide Mideast peace conference by mid

The Palestinians are furious at President Donald Trump for overturning decades of U.S. policy and recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, ignoring that east Jerusalem is Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since the 1967 war that the Palestinians want as the capital of their independent state.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called in an address to the United Nations Security Council Tuesday to convene an worldwide conference by mid-2018 that would result in the recognition of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders. Abbas, Erekat said by way of defense, has "led the peace process and promoted the principle of the two-state solution". "The choice, Mr. President, is yours", she explained referring to Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.

During his remarks, Abbas told the council that the Palestinians have not "rejected negotiations" and believe talks are the only path to peace.

"You can choose to put aside your anger about our embassy and move forward with us", she said.

"Today, once again, rather than driving just 12 minutes between Ramallah to Jerusalem he has chosen to fly 12 hours to NY to avoid the possibility of peace".

Kuwait, which serves this month as president the Security Council, had invited Abbas to address the United Nations body.


Israel's ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon looks towards the Palestinian delegation as he speaks during a Security Council meeting on the situation in Palestine, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at United Nations headquarters.

Haley said the Palestinians are now confronted with a choice.

Guterres stressed the importance of continued humanitarian and development assistance to the Palestinian people from the global community.

Pledging she "will not shut up", USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday that the Trump administration will not change its decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. I will not shut up.

"We give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support", he said, before warning "that money's not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace".

Both Israel and the Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their historic capital.


In his remarks, Mr. Abbas called for recognition of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders "in line with global law and the relevant resolutions".

The Palestinians opposed a partition plan that would have created a two-state solution in 1947, rejected a proposed peace agreement in 2000, and did so several more times over the subsequent decade.

Abbas also called for an worldwide conference in 2018 as part of the peace plan, in part to determine recognition of the Palestinian state as a regular member state of the UN.

The United States may have avoided negative comments about its annexation of Texas from Mexico only because the U.N. Human Rights Commission was not around at that time.

Despite the aggressive rhetoric, Haley has also indicated that the U.S.is by all intents and purposes on the side of peace.


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