United States ready to talk Mideast peace as Abbas calls for conference

  • United States ready to talk Mideast peace as Abbas calls for conference

United States ready to talk Mideast peace as Abbas calls for conference

In a rare address to the UN Security Council, Abbas presented what he called a "peace plan" to revive the comatose Israeli-Palestinian talks with a new worldwide mediation - in which the United States would play less of a predominant role, news agencies reported.

Haley was accompanied to the council meeting by Jason Greenblatt, the USA envoy for Middle East peace and Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and adviser on Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. But he left without speaking to them or listening to U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley say that "the United States stands ready to work with the Palestinian leadership", and the two envoys are "ready to talk".

President Donald Trump's decision to recognize occupied Jerusalem (al-Quds) as Israel's capital infuriated the Palestinians, who declared that Washington could no longer play a role as lead mediator in the Middle East peace process.

Abbas insisted this was necessary because Trump's America and Israel were refusing to make the kind of peace he envisions.

Stressing the U.N.'s opposition to such a reality, he said: "It is simply impossible to square the circle of a one-state reality with the legitimate national, historic and democratic aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians". It calls for mutual recognition by the states of Israel and Palestine based on 1967 borders, and formation of "an worldwide multilateral mechanism" to assist the two parties in resolving all final status issues and implementing them "within a set time frame".

In a statement, Josh Raffel, a White House spokesman, dismissed Abbas's plans for an global conference and full United Nations membership for a Palestinian state as "old talking points and undeveloped concepts" and instead pledged to "continue working on our plan, which is created to benefit both the Israeli and Palestinian people".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu similarly remarked that Abbas's speech offered "nothing new". He rejects the 1967 frontier as a baseline for border talks, has expanded settlements which the United Nations call illegal, and rules out a partition of Jerusalem.

Abbas included an off-the-cuff warning for Europe on the issue of honoring worldwide law, guaranteeing Palestinian refugees the right to return. "Israel shut the door on the two-state solution on the basis of the 1967 borders".

"The help Abbas seeks will have to be led from Palestinians themselves, not from outside", she added. "Is it for the two-State solution, or for one-State?"

Abbas' speech came as Israel faces escalating tensions with Iran, a supporter of the Palestinian Authority.

His departure was denounced by Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon, who said, "Every time there's an inch of progress, Mr. Abbas runs away".

Danon accused Abbas of using "hateful speech" and glorifying violence instead of improving the lives of Palestinians.

"You are part of the problem", he added.

In the statement, which was sent to mass media, Dahlan, who was dismissed by PA and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas from Fatah in 2011, said that "these reports are not more than lies spread by the PA aimed to deviate the eyes from the suffering of the Palestinians and I will not comment on them".

"But we will not chase after you", Haley said. "The choice, Mister President, is yours".

She said the USA will not change its decision on December 6 to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, a move that has frozen U.S.

"We will come to this council".

"You just addressed the members of the Security Council and spoke of your commitments to peace".

Shortly after the speech, the White House said it is still moving forward with a Middle East peace plan, spearheaded by Trump's Mideast advisers, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, while calling Abbas's speech "old talking points and undeveloped concepts for each of the core issues".