He says that the 'agreement of the century' “violates international legitimacy” and asks Trump to “be fair” Israel responds that “it is clear that Abbas is not interested in peace”
MADRID, 11 Feb. –
The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has expressed on Tuesday his rejection of the 'agreement of the century' and has advocated the opening of a process of talks through the Quartet to achieve “a just peace”, before stressing that the The US proposal “violates international legitimacy” and “nullifies” the rights of the Palestinians.
“I have come in the name of thirteen million Palestinians to ask for a just peace, that's all,” he said, in the opening of his statements to the United Nations Security Council, where he has stressed that “the rejection of this plan It is the result of unilateral steps “by the United States and Israel.
Abbas has stressed that the proposal “legitimizes what is illegal”, before adding that it is “an Israeli-American preventive plan to end the question of Palestine.”
“He was rejected by us because he believes that East Jerusalem is no longer under the sovereignty of the State of Palestine. That in itself is enough for us to reject the plan,” he insisted, while recalling that “it leaves Palestine fragmented and without any control of their land, air and sea. ”
“It puts an end to the issue of Palestinian refugees. It puts an end to all the bases for a peace plan. It means rejecting all the agreements and obligations to establish two states on the 1967 borders,” he said.
Therefore, he has argued that “this plan will not bring peace or stability to the region” and stressed that the Palestinian authorities “will face its implementation on the ground.” Thus, he has criticized that the Palestinian state proposal “is like a Swiss cheese.”
“Which of you would accept such a state and similar conditions?” Abbas asked himself, explaining that “it is a deepening of the occupation, of annexation by military force and reinforcing the Apartheid regime.”
“This plan rewards the occupation, instead of holding it accountable for all the crimes it has committed against our people and our land,” he criticized.
Abbas has argued that “peace between Israelis and Palestinians is still possible,” before reiterating that Palestine will not accept the United States as the sole mediator in the peace process with Israel.
ASK TRUMP “TO BE FAIR”
In this regard, he has revealed that he addressed with the US president, Donald Trump, “matters of final status.” “We talk many times about international legitimacy, the two-state solution, and said yes,” he said.
In this way, he added that “he was surprised” when the United States closed the offices of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington, declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and cut its funding to the United Nations Agency for Palestine refugees in the Middle East (UNRWA).
“I don't know who gave him this unacceptable advice. I know that Trump is not like that. President Trump I met with is not like that,” he lamented, before asking the US president to “be fair” and “support the application of international resolutions to have a real opportunity for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. ”
“If there is peace between us and the Israeli people, it will be the most beautiful form of peace and there will be the best relations between Israelis and Palestinians. Give us the opportunity to achieve peace,” he requested.
Along these lines, Abbas stressed that “if peace is imposed, it will not last.” “At this difficult time, and before it is too late, I want to tell Trump that the peace proposal cannot achieve peace and security, given that it cancels international legitimacy,” he said.
Therefore, he has denounced that Israel “is undermining international efforts” to achieve peace and has added that “Israeli governments and settlers have tried to destroy every opportunity for peace.”
Abbas has also insisted that the international community “can choose the resolution (of the Security Council) that it wants” and the Palestinian authorities “will apply it on the ground.”
“EXTENDING THE HAND FOR PEACE”
“I extend my hand for peace again, before we miss this final opportunity. I hope to find a real partner in Israel. Everyone who believes in peace in Israel is welcome to join us to achieve a peace that will bear fruit for Palestinians and Israelis, “he reiterated.
In this way, the Palestinian president has argued that the population “cannot continue to tolerate this occupation” and has warned that “the situation may implode at any time.”
“We need renewed hope. Do not take away our hope,” he said, while stressing that “every time he looks at the map” of the State of Palestine contemplated by Trump's proposal “he loses hope.”
“Is this what the Palestinian people deserve?” He asked. “We were here, how did we get to this point, to these inland islands?” He insisted. “The military occupation will not guarantee security,” he insisted.
Therefore, he reiterated that he is willing to “start negotiations if there is a partner in Israel ready for peace, for negotiations under the sponsorship of the Quartet and according to internationally agreed parameters.”
“Our people will not give up, we will continue to ask for our rights. We will not surrender to the occupation, regardless of the sacrifices,” he said. “We will not resort to violence or terrorism. We will fight with peaceful means,” he said.
ISRAEL LOAD AGAINST ABBAS
For his part, the representative of Israel to the United Nations, Danny Danon, stressed that “it is clear that Abbas is not interested in peace” and has accused him of “being well versed in the art of double discourse.”
“The Palestinian people deserve a leader like (the former Egyptian president) Anuar Sadat, like (the late Jordanian king) Husein, a leader committed to peace. Abbas is not that leader,” he defended.
Thus, he said that, despite his statements in favor of peace, Abbas “remains committed to incitement and encourages Palestinians to resort to violence against Israelis.”
Therefore, he stressed that Abbas's position reveals that the Palestinian authorities “do not believe in the cause of peace” and has said that it is a position taken “before” Trump unveiled his proposal.
“Abbas was preparing to come to the UN even without seeing the proposal,” he criticized, before adding that Israel is willing to start peace talks with the Palestinians.
GUTERRES REQUESTS “DIALOGUE” AND “RECONCILIATION”
The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, has also expressed his “concern” about “growing tensions and instability throughout the world, particularly in the Middle East.”
“This volatile context underlines the need to achieve a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which has lasted too long and remains crucial for a sustainable peace in the Middle East,” he said.
Thus, he has shown his willingness to “support the parties in their efforts to achieve a two-state solution” and has reiterated that the UN's position “is defined” by the organisation's resolutions.
Guterres recalled that this implies “the vision of two states living together in peace and security within recognized borders, according to the 1967 borders.” “It is time for dialogue, for reconciliation and reason,” he has settled.
During the day, tens of thousands of Palestinians have demonstrated in the West Bank and Gaza to reject the 'agreement of the century', which Palestinian Prime Minister Mohamad Shtayé has described as “the agreement of shame” during a protest in Ramallah, according to the WAFA agency.