Israel no longer ‘a partner’ for peace, Abbas tells UN

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday accused Israel of not “believe in peace” and to undermine the two-state solution, a discourse denounced by the Israelis. Speaking before the UN General Assembly, the 87-year-old Palestinian leader said Israel was undermining “a premeditated and deliberate two-state solution” and acted in “all impunity” in the occupied territories. “This unequivocally proves that Israel does not believe in peace. He wants to impose the status quo by force and aggression. So we no longer have an Israeli partner to talk to.”he said.

He pointed out that Israel was conducting a settlement campaign in the Palestinian territories and leaving a “total freedom” his army to kill or use excessive force against the Palestinians. “Here is the truth: it is an apartheid regime”he said, demanding that Israel be held accountable for “his massacres” and accusing the international community of “protect” the Hebrew state. The Palestinian leader reiterated his call for Israel to be brought before the International Criminal Court. “President Abbas is using the UN as a platform to incite hatred against Israel, while glorifying the terrorists he funds himself,” replied Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan. “With a diatribe filled with lies and completely detached from reality, he has once again proven his utter uselessness.”

The day before, at the UN rostrum, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid had affirmed that“A large majority of Israelis support this vision of a two-state solution and I am one of them. We only haveone condition: that a future Palestinian state be peaceful”. In his speech Wednesday at the UN, US President Joe Biden also reiterated his support for the creation of a Palestinian state but without announcing any particular initiative to relaunch negotiations. Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations have stalled since 2014.

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