Abbas to focus on Jerusalem in speech to UN Security Council

Abbas to focus on Jerusalem in speech to UN Security Council

Haley did not flinch in her direct response to the slight by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas who walked out of the chamber before her remarks, and in her direct shot at top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat who had told her to "shut up" about criticism of Abbas earlier this month.

According to Hamdan, these issues included Hamas-Fatah reconciliation; secret USA proposals for a final Israel-Palestine settlement (dubbed the "Deal of the century"); and the possibility of fresh Israeli aggression against the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

In security camera footage posted on social media and carried by Israeli news sites, soldiers could be seen kicking and striking a man, identified by Palestinian officials as Yassin Omar Serda, after detaining him in the town of Jericho.

Abbas also called for a "multilateral mechanism" at the meeting, and vowed Palestinians will step up efforts to achieve full membership at the UN.

Fatah and Hamas have engaged in a faltering reconciliation process since the latter wrested the Gaza Strip from pro-Fatah forces in 2007.

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While the API, when proposed by Saudi Arabia in 2002, originally offered peace between Israel and the Arab world after a complete Israeli withdrawal to boundaries existing prior to the 1967 Six Day War, the proposal has since been modified by the Arab states to make it more palatable to Israel.

"It has become impossible today for one country or state alone to solve a regional or global conflict", Abbas said. "Is it for the two-state solution or the one-state solution?"

Netanyahu in his own statement said Abbas "offered nothing new".

Abbas said the conference should include the Palestinians, Israel, the five permanent UN Security Council members - the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France - and the United Nations. Ambassador Danny Danon fired back, calling Abbas a coward who was "part of the problem" rather than part of the solution.

Haley disagreed, saying the Trump administration was offering "an outstretched hand" to the Palestinian people and their leaders.

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The Palestinian leadership has a choice of two paths - "absolutist demands, hateful rhetoric, and incitement to violence" which will only lead to hardship for the Palestinian people or "negotiation and compromise" that holds the promise of peace, Haley said.

While the issue of Israel has frequently caused divisions between the United States and other UN members, the rift has become particularly wide since Trump announced the embassy move in December 2017.

Equatorial Guinea's U.N. Ambassador Anatolio Ndong Mba called the fact that they came to the council "very, very important" and "a good sign".

Nonetheless, Haley explained that the US was determined to push forward with the peace process.

Abbas also lashed out at United States threats to close the Palestinian Liberation Organization office in Washington and the decision to cut to U.S. funding of UNRWA, the UN agency that aids Palestinian refugees.

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