February 25, 2018

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Arab FMs urge UN-led 'mechanism' for Palestine peace process

02 February 2018

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said Thursday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is crippling prospects for Middle East peace after announcing that he intends to speak before the UN Security Council later this month.

On Dec. 6, the USA president recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, prompting widespread condemnation across the region and angry demonstrations in the Palestinian territories.

Otaibi said no council member objected to Abbas' participation.

"By continuing to act against the United States and seeking unilateral action against Israel, Abbas is completely misreading today's reality and harming the prospects for a better future for his people", he said.

Referring to United Nations state members vote on the decision, he said only 9 states out of 193 voted against motion, mirroring a resounding rejection of the U.S decision.

The United States is one of the five permanent members of the Security Council, however; it is likely the application won't make it out of the UNSC chamber, since the US will probably would veto the application.

Since taking office, Trump has distanced himself somewhat from the two-state solution favored by his predecessors for the past two decades saying he would support Palestinian independence only if Israel agrees.

In his speech during an Arab League Council meeting at the level of foreign ministers, he stated that the U.S. decision to reduce its contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) will also pose a threat to the refugee issue.

The monthly council meeting typically includes a briefing by the United Nations special envoy for the Middle East peace process and statements by both the Palestinian and Israeli envoys.

We must invest in this supportive worldwide atmosphere for the Palestinian rights and for our clear Arab position and intensify our efforts and continue our contacts with the global community to achieve our goal of halting all unilateral steps aimed at imposing a de facto policy on the ground, he said.

"If President Abbas demonstrates he can be that type of leader, we would welcome it". "To get historic results, we need courageous leaders".

Wassel Abu Yousef, the secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Front, said the Israeli violence, and the excessive use of force, will not deter the Palestinians, adding that the protests will continue despite the American stances and illegal policies.

Arab FMs urge UN-led 'mechanism' for Palestine peace process