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Abbas says Palestinians no longer bound by pacts with Israel
Sep 30, 6:23 PM (ET)
By ZEINA KARAM and KARIN LAUB
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told world
leaders Wednesday that he is no longer bound by agreements that have
defined relations with Israel for the past two decades and are meant
to form the basis for a two-state solution to the Middle East
But what sounded like a potentially explosive declaration was blunted
by the lack of any detail on how he plans to move forward.
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Abbas said Israel had
repeatedly violated its commitments, most notably by expanding
settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, on lands the
Palestinians seek for a future state.
Abbas’ speech reflected growing Palestinian frustration and appeared
aimed at focusing the attention of the international community — busy
with the Syrian civil war and the migrants’ crisis in Europe — on the
long-festering Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
However, the Palestinian leader stopped short of specific threats that
would irrevocably put him on a collision course with Israel, such as
suspending security cooperation. Instead, he closed on a conciliatory
note, saying that eventual peace between Israelis and Palestinians is
“in the interest of our future generations.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office issued a statement
in response, saying that Abbas had delivered a “speech of lies that
encourages incitement and unrest in the Middle East.”
Netanyahu called on Abbas to “act responsibly” and answer his proposal
for direct negotiations with Israel without any preconditions. “The
fact that time after time he (Abbas) does not respond is the best
proof that he has no intention of reaching a peace agreement,” he
No serious talks have been held since Netanyahu came to power in 2009.
Abbas says he will not return to negotiations without a settlement
freeze and an Israeli recognition of the pre-1967 frontier as the
basis for border talks. Unlike some of his predecessors, Netanyahu has
refused to accept the 1967 line as a starting point.
Abbas said Wednesday that Israel has repeatedly violated its
commitments, including by expanding settlements, and called on the
U.N. to provide international protection for the Palestinians.
The Palestinians “will not remain the only ones committed to the
implementation of these agreements, while Israel continuously violates
them,” Abbas said. “We therefore declare that we cannot continue to be
bound by these agreements and that Israel must assume all of its
responsibilities as an occupying power.”
Israel’s actions “render us an authority without real powers,” he said.
If Abbas were to go through with his demand that Israel assume
responsibility for the Palestinians as the occupying power in the
territories, this arguably would require dissolving the Palestinian
Authority and Abbas’ resignation. He didn’t mention any of this in his
He also made no specific mention of security coordination between his
forces and the Israeli military in cracking down on a common foe, the
Islamic militant Hamas.
Palestinian analyst Hani al-Masri said Abbas was trying to attract
attention and pressure Israel.
“This is a threat not a plan,” he said, speaking in Ramallah. “Abbas
has no plan, otherwise he could have spelled it out in his speech.”
With Israeli-Palestinian negotiations frozen, Abbas has failed to come
up with a political alternative and in his address, he seemed to be
asking for a new international process because the bilateral one is
not working and has stalled.
“It is no longer useful to waste time in negotiations for the sake of
negotiations; what is required is to mobilize international efforts to
oversee an end to the occupation in line with the resolutions of
international legitimacy,” he said.
Thousands of Abbas supporters gathered in the city centers of several
West Bank cities as they listened to Abbas’ speech. They cheered when
he said he is no longer bound by the signed agreements with Israel,
waving Palestinian flags.
In a symbolic moment Wednesday, Abbas raised the flag of Palestine at
the United Nations for the first time, with a promise that it will be
raised soon in Jerusalem, “the capital of our Palestinian state.”
More than 300 ministers, diplomats and well-wishers crowded into the
rose garden at U.N. headquarters where a flagpole had been erected for
the ceremony, which took place following Abbas’ speech.The
Palestinians campaigned for a General Assembly resolution,
overwhelmingly approved Sept. 10, permitting U.N. observer states to
fly their flags alongside those of the 193 U.N. member states. The
Holy See and the Palestinians and are the only two U.N. observer
Abbas’ U.N. remarks come at a time when the 80-year-old Palestinian
leader appears to be losing the backing of the Palestinian public. A
poll last week indicated that two-thirds want him to resign and that a
majority no longer believe negotiations with Israel and a two-state
solution are realistic.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said later Wednesday that an
Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement is “not an impossible dream” and
can be achieved despite recent setbacks and tensions over holy sites
in Jerusalem. He spoke to a meeting of donors to Palestinian
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