Abbas gives Israel an ultimatum in a harsh UN speech


Jerusalem (AP) —In a very tough speech, President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday gave Israel a year to end the occupation of the territory that Palestinians want for a future nation. He threatened to withdraw Israeli approval. This is the cornerstone of a 30-year failure of peace efforts, and if not.

He delivered a vague final word to the UN General Assembly in a long speech, where he accused Israel of “apartheid” and “ethnic cleansing.” Two-state solution.

“If the Israeli occupation authorities continue to establish the reality of one apartheid nation as it is happening today, our Palestinian people and the whole world will not tolerate such a situation,” Abbas said. .. The rights of everyone on the historic Palestinian land in one state. “

A national solution, popular with some Israeli and Palestinian activists, means the end of Israel as a Jewish-dominated country. Major political parties in Israel and Palestine do not support such a result.

Abbas spoke against the backdrop of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, a sacred sanctuary for Muslims and Jews, and a series of regional maps showing Israel’s expansion of Israeli territory during decades of war and conflict.

He said he was ready to negotiate the final border next year, but if Israel did not finally end the occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the territory occupied by the 1967 war, he would approve Israel. He said he would reconsider. Israel annexed East Jerusalem in an internationally unrecognized move shortly after the war.

“If this is not achieved, why maintain Israeli approval based on the 1967 border?” Abbas said, threatening to confront Israel in the International Court of Justice.

There was no immediate comment from Israel about the address delivered after the country was largely closed due to the weekly Jewish Sabbath.

Palestinian approval of Israel was the basis of the 1993 Oslo Accords, which initiated the Middle East peace process. Negotiations ceased more than a decade ago, and Israel’s current Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, opposes the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, which is widely accepted internationally as the only way to resolve conflicts. I am.

Abbas’s harsh rhetoric reflects the widespread frustration of Palestinians with the dying peace process.

But it also sees as a way to qualify his nationalist at home, facing great opposition from Palestinians dissatisfied with his long rule and the growing authoritarianism of his Palestinian Authority. You can also.

In a poll released this week, Nearly 80% of Palestinians want him to resign.. Abbas’s presidential mission expired in 2009, two years after Hamas, an Islamic extremist group, expelled troops from Gaza, leaving limited authority to the Israeli-occupied semi-autonomous territory of the West Bank.

Abbas canceled the Palestinian election for the first time in 15 years in April, when the Fatah party was expected to suffer embarrassing losses. He was largely on the sidelines during the 11-day Gaza War in May, when support for his radical Hamas rivals soared.

Death of a prominent critic Palestinian Authority during detention of Palestinian security forces in June Beaten and arrested several demonstrators..

However, Abbas remains internationally representative of the Palestinian cause and is considered an important partner in the peace process. His army coordinates security with Israel and sees both Hamas and other militant groups as a threat. This is a policy that contributes to his unpopularity.

Abbas has previously created a hidden threat and is unlikely to follow a drastic political decision made by the Oslo Accords that would mean the end of the Palestinian Authority. His government also relies heavily on aid from the international community, which continues to work on a negotiated two-state solution.