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Abbas to Israelis: Occupation Makes No Peace, Security


Wed 12 Feb 2020 | 09:06 AM
Ahmed Moamar

Palestinian President, Mahmud Abbas, addressed the Israelis from the podium of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, during his speech to the council’s members today, Tuesday.

He said that continuing the occupation, Jewish settlement, and taking over other people will bring neither security nor peace to the Israelis.

He added that "peace between the Palestinian and Israeli peoples is still something that can be achieved.

He notes that the Palestinian Authority did not miss any opportunity to achieve peace and take it seriously because achieving peace is in the interest of our people.

Speaking of Trump's peace plan, Abbas confirmed the Palestinian position rejecting it.

He affirmed that the Palestinians will fight the implementation of the American deal that aims to liquidate the Palestinian issue on the ground.

The Palestinian president stressed that the widespread rejection of the American deal comes because of "its violation of international legitimacy.

He criticized that plan since it includes unilateral positions.

He pointed out the US proposed plan abolishes international legitimacy and it cannot achieve peace.

Abbas wondered who would advise   US President, Donald Trump, about his actions against the Palestinian people.

Abbas suggests calling the international Quartet Committee to hold a peace conference to implement the decisions of international legitimacy.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israel's United Nations ambassador both said they were willing to negotiate on a plan for Middle East peace, but Abbas roundly rejected the plan President Donald Trump has offered up.

Israel's Ambassador Danny Danon and Abbas both called for peace and negotiations at the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, but Danon accused Abbas of being "not serious" about either.

Israel has welcomed Mr. Trump's "vision" for Mideast peace, but the Palestinian Authority rejected it even before its official unveiling as being biased in favor of the Israelis.

Israel and the U.S. have called for the Palestinians to return to direct negotiations, saying the Trump administration's plan was "open to negotiations."

Danon offered Abbas the prospect of direct talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Jerusalem or Ramallah.

"President Abbas refuses to be pragmatic; he refuses to negotiate. He is not interested in finding a realistic solution to the conflict," Danon said to the 15-nation Security Council Tuesday.