Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas rejects Trump’s Middle East peace plan

Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas rejects Trump's Middle East peace plan

The United Nations – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israel’s UN ambassador both say they are willing to negotiate for a Middle East peace plan, but Abbas completely rejects it. The plan is proposed by President Donald Trump.

Israeli ambassadors Danny Dannon and Abbas both called for peace and negotiations at the UN Security Council on Tuesday, but Dannon accused Abbas of being “not serious” on both issues.

Israel has welcomed Mr Trump’s “vision” for medieval peace, but the Palestinian Authority rejected it before declaring it prejudicial to Israelis.

Israel and the United States have called on the Palestinians to return to direct talks, saying the Trump administration’s plan is “open to discussion.” Denon gave Abbas the possibility of direct talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem or Ramallah.

“President Abbas has refused to be realistic. He rejected the talks. He is not interested in finding a real solution to the conflict,” Dannon told the 8-nation Security Council on Tuesday.

Palestinian President Abbas has gone to the UN to plan for Trump's peace
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is speaking at the United Nations (UN) Security Council in New York City on February 11, 2020.

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Abbas told the council, “We are ready to start talks, but he said that Palestinian authorities will only do so under the supervision of the so-called UN quartet. That group included the Palestinian, U.N., European Union, Russia and the United States, before there was a mediation of peace-led mediation, But the Trump administration has reason to work on its own plan Over the years this dialogue has been suspended.

Abbas ridiculed the proposal by holding a map of the Palestinian state imagined in the White House plan.

“That’s what they will give us the state,” he said. “It’s like Swiss cheese.” Critics point out that Mr Trump’s plan would give Israel the maximum it wanted for a long time and turn the future Palestinian state into a separate area surrounded by Israeli territory.

“The United States cannot be the only mediator,” Abbas said Tuesday, pointing out that anti-US building in the Palestinian territories could burst into violence. There has already been a sprawling confrontation since Trump’s plans were published.

“The situation can be exacerbated at any moment,” Abbas said. “We need hope. Please don’t take this hope away from us.”

At the inauguration of the Security Council meeting Tuesday, U.S. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned “tensions and risks in the Gulf have risen to alarming levels.”

Nicole Mladenov, the US special coordinator for the Middle East, told diplomats that the US plan had been formally rejected by the Palestinian government, the Arab States of the League and the Islamic Cooperation Organization.

US Ambassador to the US Ambassador Kelly Kraft acknowledged that the “meeting was high” during the council meeting, but said “peaceful coexistence is not out of touch.”

He addressed the Palestinian President directly: “President Abbas, as President Trump said, I want you to know that if you choose the path of peace, America and many other countries, we will be there.”

Kraft cited a $ 50 billion economic aid package for Palestinians that referred to the White House’s plan as “the cornerstone of macroeconomic opportunity”, with Mr Trump “offering more than Palestine’s path to independence – the creation of a prosperous Palestinian state.”

However, the Security Council remains divided. The Palestinians raised a proposal to formally reject the White House’s plan, not because of lack of support on Tuesday, but because five European countries – France, Estonia, Germany, Belgium and Poland – stood in front of reporters ahead of a meeting to call for a revival. Political process in support of UN Security Council proposals, which rejected the US planning framework.

Abbas and former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert planned to present an “alternative” plan at a news conference later Tuesday. The plan has already been rejected by both White House adviser Jared Kushner and Israeli ambassador to the United States.

“This is the time for dialogue, reconciliation. I urge Israeli and Palestinian leaders to demonstrate the will necessary to achieve the goal of justice and lasting peace, which must support the international community,” the UN Council said Tuesday.

“Let’s talk,” Dannon told Abbas.

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