Palestinian Authority President No Longer Wants US To Lead Peace Efforts

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Israeli politicians slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for his speech to the UN Security Council Tuesday, branding him a "liar", a falsifier of history, and accusing him of duplicity.

Mr Abbas told the Security Council that "to solve the Palestine question.it is essential to establish a multilateral global mechanism".

Since the declaration, Palestinians have boycotted meeting with any American officials to engage in peace talks, believing that the United States can no longer serve as an impartial negotiating partner.

Ms Haley called on Mr Abbas to be courageous enough to move on from anger at the decision to relocate the USA embassy.

Addressing the council Tuesday for the first time since 2009, the longtime Palestinian leader is expected to call for multiple worldwide powers to facilitate peace negotiations and again criticise the United States controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel s capital.

Abbas put the blame for the failure of peace efforts squarely on Israel, saying it was "acting as a state above the law" and had "shut the door on the two-state solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"To solve the Palestine question, it is essential to establish a multilateral worldwide mechanism emanating from an global conference", the PA president said, adding that he anticipated a summit by mid-2018.

"I sit here today offering the outstretched hand to the Palestinian people in the cause of peace", she said.

The Palestinians no longer view Washington as a neutral negotiator and have been calling for a collective approach to try and broker Middle East peace.

"We appreciated the opportunity to listen to his speech", White House spokesman Josh Raffel said in a statement emailed to JTA.

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said
Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said Palestine refused to meet Israel to negotiate peace

"They need leadership that will negotiate with Israel, speak to us and not run away from dialogue", Danon said.

The Trump administration is preparing a new peace plan even though chances for agreement appear dim.

"We call for the convening of an worldwide peace conference by mid-2018 based on global law and the relevant United Nations resolutions", he said.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman warned a group of Jewish American leaders that Israel could face the risk of civil war if it ever dismantled its settlements in the West Bank, Israel's Channel 10 News reported on Monday.

United Nations envoy Nickolay Mladenov said the worldwide community must continue advocating for "substantial Israeli policy changes" on settlements and stressed that "these are not negotiations between equals".

Abbas also called for an global 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.

"Initially (after Trump s recognition of Jerusalem) they said the U.S. could play no role whatsoever, but they ve recently clarified that the USA can play a role, it will just have to be in a multilateral format".

That vote in the 193-nation assembly came after 14 of the 15 council members voted in favor of a similar measure.

"You can choose to denounce the United States, reject its role in peace talks, and pursue punitive measures against Israel in worldwide forums like the UN".


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