Abbas Calls For New Peace Process In UN Speech

In this image made from UNTV video, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at UN headquarters, in New York. (UNTV via AP)

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday called for an international conference early next year to “launch a genuine peace process” while criticizing the recent decision of two Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel.

Abbas seemed to acknowledge the growing international weariness with the decades-old conflict as he delivered the latest in a long series of addresses to the U.N. General Assembly.

“I wonder what more I can say after all I’ve said on countless occasions,” he said in the video address from his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The Palestinians have rejected President Donald Trump’s proposal to end the conflict and have officially cut off contacts with both the U.S. and Israel. Arguing that Washington is no longer an honest broker, they have called for a multilateral peace process based on U.N. resolutions and past agreements.

They have also rejected the decision of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to normalize ties with Israel, viewing it as a betrayal of the longstanding Arab consensus that recognition of Israel should only come in exchange for territorial concessions.

In his speech, Abbas said the agreements, signed at the White House earlier this month, are a “violation” of the “principles of a just and lasting solution under international law.”

For more than three decades, the Palestinians have sought an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, territories seized by Israel in the 1967 war. Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005 but imposed a blockade when the Palestinian militant group Hamas seized power from Abbas’ forces in 2007.

There have been no substantive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was first elected more than a decade ago, and the two sides are fiercely divided over the core issues of the conflict.

Instead, Netanyahu has focused on building ties with Arab, African and Asian countries that have long supported the Palestinian cause. In Israel, the agreement with the United Arab Emirates, an oil-rich country with considerable regional influence, is seen as a historic breakthrough that could transform the Middle East.

Israel put on hold its plans to annex up to a third of the occupied West Bank following the deal with the UAE, while saying it still plans to eventually go through with them. The UAE said the agreement removed an immediate threat to the two-state solution and gave the region a window of opportunity.

The Palestinians insist that the core Middle East conflict will not be resolved until they realize their aspirations for independence.

“There can be no peace, no security, no stability, no coexistence in our region without an end to the occupation,” Abbas said, speaking behind a plaque that read “State of Palestine.”

“We will not bow down,” he said. “We will not surrender. We will not compromise. And we shall triumph.”



  1. What wire service did you pull this from? Palestinian President? These no country named Palestine. How about Palestinian Authority ? Maybe. And “lands seized by israel” during the six-day war. And I have never heard of a city called East Jerusalem. I’ve heard of eastern Jerusalem. A few minutes of checking terminology saves us all from anti-israel propaganda.

  2. Huvs I couldnt agree more.
    1 Seized in a 1967 war, doesn’t mention that Israel went to war with large international support when faced with the existential threat. It took the areas only to save its skin and when it tried to negotiate to give most of it back they got the NO NO NO reply.
    2 The blockade came in to force NOT when Hamas came to power but when the rocket firing started.
    I would also ask YWN why it often quotes AP reports word for word giving the impression that you support every word, I hope you dont.

  3. “These no country named Palestine. ”

    Well, 2/3 of the countries in the world say there is.

    All it has to do is to accept the existence of Israel as a Jewish State, and stop the terrorism. Boundaries would quickly be negotiated and there would be peace.