Abbas accuses the international community of Israeli impunity

RAMALLAH: Israel is deliberately hindering progress towards a two-state solution and can no longer be considered a reliable partner in the peace process, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the UN on Friday.

Israel has acted with “total impunity” against residents of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, and Palestinian confidence in the prospects for peace is “declining”, he said.

“(Israel) is destroying, through its premeditated and deliberate policy, the two-state solution,” the Palestinian Authority president said in a speech to the UN General Assembly.

“This unequivocally proves that Israel does not believe in peace. Therefore, we no longer have an Israeli partner with whom we can talk.

Many Palestinians told Arab News that Abbas was frank, direct and forthright in his diagnosis of Palestinian suffering.

Jenin’s Walid Masharqa said he was satisfied with Abbas’s speech, which “conveyed the message of the suffering of the Palestinian people due to the policies of the Israeli occupation”.

He added: “I didn’t expect more from the president than that. When he gives a one-year deadline to end the Israeli occupation and threatens to dissolve the Palestinian Authority and stop the coordination of the security with Israel, he uses this as a way to put pressure on Israel.

Twelve months ago, Abbas addressed the UN via video link and said he was giving Israel a year to withdraw from occupied territory or he would no longer recognize the Jewish state based on Israel’s borders. before 1967. He did not mention that ultimatum on Friday, but instead focused on the lack of international recognition of the Palestinian territories.

Nasser Odeh from the village of Arora, north of Ramallah, told Arab News: “What power does President Abbas have other than to receive the sympathy of the world for the suffering of the Palestinians? The Palestinians do not have the slightest means of putting pressure on the United States and European countries.

He also pointed to the world’s bias in favor of Israel.

“The biggest threat to Israel is Abbas’s decision to dissolve the PA, but does the dissolution of the authority benefit the Palestinian cause and serve the Palestinian citizen? The PA, for all its shortcomings, is a demand of the Palestinian people, and Abbas’ program remains better than that of his political opponents, especially Hamas,” Odeh added.

Palestinian political analyst Ghassan Al-Khatib told Arab News that he did not follow Abbas’ speech because he knew in advance that he would not say anything new.

Basem Naim, head of Hamas’ political department in Gaza, said Abbas spoke logically and sensibly.

“Yet his words did not reflect a change in his attitude towards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. He will not take decisions such as stopping security coordination with the Israeli occupation, improving relations with Palestinian factions, ending the Palestinian division, withdrawing recognition of Israel and holding general elections in the Palestinian territories,” he said.

“Until Abbas’s words are translated into action, they will remain news for 24 hours. Israel will not change its position on the PA based on Abbas’ speech.

“Therefore, they should reconsider their relations with Israel and the United States and implement the decisions of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which demanded the withdrawal of recognition of Israel and the cessation of security coordination. with him,” Naim added.

Fatah movement’s Ahmed Ghuneim in East Jerusalem told Arab News he expected Abbas’s speech to mention last year’s ultimatum to Israel, ‘but he never mentioned it’ .

“He did not tell the Palestinians what they expected to know, which is what Abbas will do after the deadline expires,” he said.

Ghuneim added that the president’s speech reflected the extent of Abbas’ frustration and desperation.

He criticized her for “selling grief and begging instead of making brave and bold decisions that could embarrass Israel in front of the world.”

Israel has occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank since 1967 and since 2007 has imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian territory controlled by the Islamists of Hamas.

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