Palestinian chief Mahmoud Abbas condemned the United Nations in a speech to the Normal Meeting on Friday, asserting that U.N. our bodies had handed “lots of” of resolutions condemning Israel however had not taken any actions that Palestinian leaders thought-about adequate to return to their assist.
Abbas claimed that the nation of Israel is “destroying the two-state resolution,” the identical plan that Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid proposed on the identical stage the day earlier than, and accused Israel of all kinds of abuses together with the alleged demolition of Palestinian properties, the taking of kid political prisoners, and “stealing the rain.”
“Israel doesn’t imagine in peace. It believes in imposing a established order by pressure and by aggression. Subsequently, we shouldn’t have an Israeli accomplice anymore to which we will discuss,” Abbas claimed, including that Israel is “destroying the two-state resolution.”
Lapid had used the Normal Meeting on Thursday to announce that he supported the two-state resolution.
“An settlement with the Palestinians, primarily based on two states for 2 peoples, is the fitting factor for Israel’s safety, for Israel’s economic system and for the way forward for our kids,” Lapid mentioned, contradicting polls exhibiting few Israelis help the plan.
Abbas did acknowledge Lapid’s remarks, however solely in minute 39 of what was alleged to be a 15-minute tackle.
“Once we hear one thing optimistic, we acknowledge it, and yesterday I listened to the U.S. President Joe Biden and to the Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lavid and to different world leaders,” Abbas mentioned. “I heard them supporting the two-state resolution and we’re grateful for that. That is in fact a optimistic growth.”
“The actual take a look at to the seriousness and credibility of this stance … is for the Israeli authorities to return to the negotiation desk instantly. Tomorrow,” Abbas continued. “To implement the two-state resolution … and the Arab peace initiative and to finish all of the unilateral measures that undermine the two-state resolution.”
Previous to the sliver of “optimistic” commentary, Abbas spent a lot of the speech condemning the United Nations itself, an establishment that spends a disproportionate quantity of its time condemning Israel.
“The United Nations and its completely different organs have adopted lots of of resolutions on Palestine. None was carried out. Is it doable? Not a single decision was carried out,” Abbas mentioned, claiming that the United Nations had handed practically 1,000 resolutions on the Palestinian situation.
“Why, when a decision is taken right here or there, everybody requires its implementation and requires implementing the worldwide legitimacy whereas all of those resolutions have been adopted for Palestine and nobody cares?” he requested.
Abbas additionally repeatedly claimed to hunt “peace” with Israel whereas referring to its authorities as an “apartheid regime” responsible of “over 50 massacres” and to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, as “our everlasting capital and crown jewel.”
Abbas additionally referred to Palestinians as “the one folks on this planet nonetheless residing underneath occupation,” a extremely disputable declaration omitting the continuing occupations of East Turkistan and Tibet by communist China and of a number of areas of Ukraine by Russia, amongst others.
Abbas concluded with a request for Israel to permit visitations and different privileges to Nasser Abu Hamid, a Palestinian man serving three life sentences plus 50 years for the killing of seven Israeli folks.
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