Abbas Urges UNSC to Recognize State of Palestine
Abbas to UN: 'We are the Canaanites. Israel Occupied Our Territories in 1948. Hand Over Jerusalem. Make us a full member state at the UN.'
by Hana Levi Julian, JewishPress.com
February 20, 2018
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas addresses the United Nations.
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas urged the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday morning in a relatively brief address to continue to fund UNRWA and to forcibly hand over half of Jerusalem to Ramallah.
"The U.S. violated international law with its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," Abbas said. Instead, he called on the United Nations to take over as a peace broker, urged the nations of the world to recognize a Palestinian state and to hand over Jerusalem. And then, he left without listening to the replies of Israel or the United States, or anyone else.
In his speech, Abbas called for an international peace conference in mid-2018 similar to the Paris peace conference or the Moscow conference "based on Resolution 1850."
The outcomes of the conference, he said, "must include:
- the acceptance of the "state of Palestine" as a full member state at the UN and
- seeking the Security Council to achieve that mutual recognition of statehood between "Palestine" and Israel on the "borders of 1967",
- the formation of a multilateral international mechanism that aids the two sides in negotiations to solve all permanent status issues according to the Oslo Accords, and
- the implementation of what is agreed upon within a specified period of time, while providing guarantees for implementation.
- the plan includes halt of all unilateral moves during negotiations … most importantly settlement activities in the [territories of 1967], including East Jerusalem and
- freeze of the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and
- stop the embassy transfer to Jerusalem;
- the peace plan stipulates the implementation of the Arab Peace initiative as adopted, and
- signing a regional agreement when reaching a peace deal between the Palestinians and Israelis.
Abbas affirmed the foundations of any upcoming negotiations, which include "adhering to the international law and relevant international resolutions, including Security Council resolution 242, 338 and 2334, the Arab peace initiative and the signed agreements."
He also "affirmed the two-state solution as a foundation for peace negotiations," which he said "means a State of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital that lives side by side with Israel in peace and security on the borders of June 4, 1967."
He said he "rejects interim solutions and a state with temporary borders and approved a minor land swap, which is equal in value and quantity, with the approval of the two sides."
Abbas reiterated "the foundations include East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine, a city that will be open to the followers of the three monotheistic religions, a guarantee for the security of the two states without undermining the sovereignty of either through appointing a third international party, a just and agreed upon solution for the issue of Palestinian refugees on the basis of resolution 194, according to the Arab Peace initiative and the continued international commitment to support UNRWA until the refugees issue is solved."
Abbas also said "a referendum will be held to vote on the agreements to be reached with Israel and expressed hope that the Security Council will be responsive to his peace vision, affirming his readiness to begin negotiations, to achieve the freedom of the Palestinian people and achieve independence, peace and security in the region and the world," according to a transcript of his speech by WAFA.