Palestinian Authority President No Longer Wants US To Lead Peace Efforts

Abbas at UN

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday called for an global conference to be held by mid-2018 to launch a new, wider Middle East peace process and pave the way to Palestinian statehood.

In a rare address to the UN Security Council, Abbas presented what he called a "peace plan" to revive the comatose Israeli-Palestinian talks with a new worldwide mediation - in which the United States would play less of a predominant role.

The Palestinians see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state and United Nations resolutions call on countries to refrain from moving their embassies to the city until its status is resolved in an Israeli-Palestinian deal. "So, it has become impossible today for one country or state alone to solve a regional or worldwide conflict without the participation of other global partners".

"Israel is acting as a State above the law".

He said that whenever they were close to a settlement - as with former Prime Minister Yehud Barak in 2001, Palestine walked away. "How can this happen?"

"Having Trump now at the White House as an nearly automatic supporter of what Israel may do or not do gives Netanyahu the feeling that he does not have to succumb to any global pressure", said Gilead Sher, Israel's former chief negotiator and now co-chair of the "Blue-White Future" conflict-resolution group.

The U.S. State Department, in response to Abbas' call, said later Tuesday it would consider involving other countries in the future if it believedthat would be helpful. Some Palestinians also are promoting the BDS movement to boycott the Jewish state.

The UNSC will convene its monthly meeting on Tuesday.

Haley said the administration "stands ready" to work with the Palestinian leadership.

Israel's ambassador however said direct negotiations were the only way forward.

Danon sharply criticized Abbas' "hateful language" toward Jews and Israel which he said has inspired "a culture of hate in Palestinian society".

Haley told the council last month that peace will not be achieved "without leaders with courage" and warned the United States "will not chase after a Palestinian leadership that lacks what is needed to achieve peace".

She said her government recognised Palestinian suffering and was "offering an outstretched hand to the Palestinian people in the cause of peace. Is it for the two-state solution, or for one-state?"

He blamed the deadlock in the peace process on the United States declaration on Jerusalem, which he said violated global law, and on what he called Israel's "illegal activities" in the occupied territories.

She said she was "sorry" Abbas left immediately after his speech, but told council members she would address him anyway.

"Our negotiators are sitting right behind me, ready to talk. The choice, Mr President, is yours".

White House spokesman Josh Raffel said White House adviser Jared Kushner, and special representative for global negotiations Jason Greenblatt were "finalizing" the U.S.'s peace plan - a plan Abbas expressed no interest in without other worldwide partners.

Though Kushner and Greenblatt didn't meet Abbas, they did meet informally behind closed doors with Security Council members.

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the so-called Quartet - made up of the United Nations, the United States, Russia and the European Union - and the League of Arab States could play a role in kick-starting the stalled peace process.

Equatorial Guinea's U.N. Ambassador Anatolio Ndong Mba called the fact that they came to the council "very, very important" and "a good sign".

Last week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was asked whether the US decision on Jerusalem complicated his work and made the pursuit of an Israeli-Palestinian peace even more hard.

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