It’s a New Year but at the UN it’s the same old same old. At the annual General Assembly opening speeches Palestinian Authority (unelected) “President” Mahmoud Abbas made an incendiary speech against Israel and the US which effectively put an end to the peace process.
Some excerpts from the speech:
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday railed about Israel’s “absolute war crimes” and “genocide” against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and said he’d seek a UN resolution to end Israel’s presence in the Palestinian territories.
Speaking before the UN General Assembly, Abbas said 2014 was meant to be a year of international solidarity with the Palestinians, but blamed Israel for choosing to make it “a year of a new war of genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people.” He didn’t go so far as to say he’d pursue prosecuting Israeli leaders at the International Criminal Court, however.
Abbas condemned the “unprecedented” destruction in the Gaza Strip following the 50-day conflict fought between Israel and terrorist groups in the Palestinian enclave and charged that Israel committed “absolute war crimes carried out before the eyes and ears of the entire world.”
“This war came after long, difficult negotiations for more than eight months under the auspices of the United States and the efforts of President Barack Obama and tenacious efforts of his Secretary of State John Kerry,” Abbas said, referring to the nearly nine-month negotiations which collapsed at the end of April without result.
“We engaged in this endeavor with open minds, in good faith and with a positive spirit and engaged with the efforts of the American administration in the most constructive manner, and we put forth our firm positions based on the resolutions of international legitimacy, which receive the overwhelming support of the nations of the world,” said Abbas.
Whereas the Palestinians “genuinely respected all of our commitments and understandings” and gave the negotiations a chance, however, Abbas charged that Israel “did not miss the opportunity to undermine the chance for peace” and “once again failed the test of peace.”
“There is neither credibility nor seriousness in negotiations in which Israel predetermines the results via its settlement activities and the occupation’s brutality,” he said, adding that it was impossible to “repeat methods that have proven futile or to continue with approaches that have repeatedly failed and require comprehensive review and radical correction.”
“Israel refuses to end its occupation of the State of Palestine since 1967, but rather seeks its continuation and entrenchment, and rejects the Palestinian state and refuses to find a just solution to the plight of the Palestine refugees,” Abbas said. He added that Israel envisions “isolated ghettos for Palestinians” and repeatedly accused Israel of racist and apartheid policies and aspirations.
“Israel has confirmed during the negotiations that it rejects making peace with its victims, the Palestinian people,” he said. “The time has come to end this settlement occupation.” He said the Palestinians “are actually the ones who need immediate international protection, which we are seeking through international organizations.”
The PA president said that his government and the Arab Group are preparing a draft Security Council resolution which would “push forward the efforts to achieve peace” and “correct the deficiency of the previous efforts to achieve peace by affirming the goal of ending the Israeli occupation and achieving the two-state solution” within a timeframe which he didn’t specify.
Earlier reports said he would delineate a three-year timeline for the Israeli withdrawal.
At the same time, Abbas said this unilateral move at the United Nations would “be linked to the immediate resumption of negotiations between Palestine and Israel to demarcate the borders, reach a detailed and comprehensive agreement and draft a peace treaty between them.”
Tying in one of the hot button issues at the General Assembly, the threat posed by the Islamic State to international security, Abbas said that confronting terrorist groups “such as ‘ISIL’ and others that have no basis whatsoever in the tolerant Islamic religion” requires both military confrontation, condemnation, and a strategy to eliminate their economic and ideological support. He went so far as to connect the fight against the Islamic State to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying “it requires… bringing an end to the Israeli occupation of our country.”
Do I really need to pick apart Abbas’s
arguments lies? They are surely quite obvious by now. The Jewish Press not only devastates Abbas’s libels, they call his speech quite simply suicidal in throwing obama under the bus:
The Palestinian Authority chairman, who carried out a brilliant world-wide diplomatic campaign against Israel after he took power following Yasser Arafat’s death in 2004, has been hell-bent on self-destruction ever since it was clear to him that he could not hijack the so-called peace process to put an end to Israel as a Jewish state.
His speech, which called Israel “genocidal,” was a statement that the Obama can go fly a kite while he relies solely on the pro-Arab U.N. General Assembly to reach his objective.
Abbas was Arafat, except for the suit and tie instead of kefiya and holster.
“We will maintain the traditions of our national struggle established by the Palestinian fedayeen and to which we committed ourselves since the onset of the Palestinian revolution in early 1965.”
Yes, he did say “1965,” two years before the area that the Palestinian Authority claims was restored to Israel in the Six-Day War in 1967.
His bellicose speech exposed even more the Arab world’s insane refusal to acknowledge its losses in 1948 and 1967 and its equally insane desire to return to the borders of the U.N. Partition Plan in 1947, which would be the set-up for the end of Israel.
Abbas assumes that the United States is a useless wimp. Indeed, the Obama administration, has continued to reflect Washington’s decreasing influence in the world, but America still is the leader of the Western world, and its economic influence has not yet made it second fiddle to China.
His speech was “provocative,” retorted U.S. State Dept. spokeswoman Jan Psaki.
“President Abbas’ speech today included offensive characterizations that were deeply disappointing and which we reject,” she stated. “Such provocative statements are counterproductive and undermine efforts to create a positive atmosphere and restore trust between the parties.”
Abbas has lost the United States, and it will be difficult even for the pro-Arab European countries to support a man who sounds like Nasser.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu himself slammed Abbas for his slander and incitement:
Ahead of his own scheduled speech at the United Nations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Saturday to “repel the slanders and lies spewed” against the state of Israel by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in his speech to the General Assembly on Friday.
Netanyahu further claimed that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had “deceived” the international community when he suggested Saturday that an agreement over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program could end the more than three-decade deep-freeze in relations between Washington and Tehran and mark “the beginning of a path toward collaboration and cooperation.”
“After the deceitful speech of the Iranian president and Abbas’s inciting words, I will tell the truth of the citizens of Israel to the whole world,” Netanyahu said. The prime minister is set to address the General Assembly on Monday, and to meet with US President Barack Obama on Wednesday.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon weighed in an Abbas’s remarks as well, asserting that the PA leader’s speech “proved for the umpteenth time that [Abbas] is not a leader who wants peace and strives to advance the lives of his people, but a person who is propagating lies, is engaged in incitement and spreads hate speech against Israel.”
It’s a speech of incitement full of lies,” an unnamed source from the Prime Minister’s Office said soon after Abbas had delivered the address on Friday. “That’s not how someone who wants peace speaks.”
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said in a statement shortly after Abbas’s speech that the PA president demonstrated that “he doesn’t want to be, and cannot be, a partner for a logical diplomatic resolution.
“It’s no coincidence that he joined a [national consensus] government with Hamas,” the foreign minister added. “Abbas complements Hamas when he deals with diplomatic terrorism and slanders Israel with false accusations.
The US condemned Abbas’s statements too, with a spokeswoman for the State Department saying it was “offensive” and undermined peace efforts.
Israel Hayom expands on Netanyahu’s upcoming speech and his visit to the States:
Before boarding the plane at Ben-Gurion International Airport, Netanyahu declared that “I am going to the U.S. to represent the people of Israel at the U.N. I will refute all the lies leveled against us, and I will tell the truth about our state and the heroes of the Israel Defense Forces — the most moral army in the world.”
In his speech at the U.N. General Assembly, scheduled for Monday, Netanyahu indicated that he would warn the international community of the threats of nuclear weapons — Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and the possibility that radical Islamist groups will get their hands on nuclear weapons. The prime minister was also planning to address Hamas’ use of civilian population as human shields and to condemn Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ failure to come out “against Hamas and in favor of peace.”
Jerusalem is placing a lot of weight on Netanyahu’s upcoming meeting with Obama. This will be the prime minister’s second meeting with the American president this year, the last one being some seven months ago. The meeting will likely focus on ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran, the growing U.S.-led coalition of nations determined to combat the advances of the Islamic State terror group as well as Israel’s cooperation with moderate Arab states in the battle against extremists.
In his meeting with Ban, Netanyahu will focus his efforts on curbing the U.N. investigation into Israel’s actions during the latest confrontation in Gaza while explaining that Israel only targeted terrorists and that it was because of Hamas’ techniques that Gaza civilians were hurt during the operation. He will also raise Israel’s concerns over the fact that rockets were fired into Israel from U.N. facilities in Gaza during the operation and that U.N. personnel allowed the aggression.
Netanyahu is expected to land in New York on Sunday afternoon and meet with [Indian PM Narendra] Modi three hours later. This will be the first meeting in over a decade between an Israeli and Indian prime minister.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman also had an interesting viewpoint on Abbas’s speech, implying he was just vying for attention:
“The Palestinian issue has moved so far back here at the General Assembly,” the foreign minister added. “Leaders are talking about Ebola, ISIS, Ukraine — the Palestinian issue barely exists here. Even the Arab world has grown frustrated with Abbas.”
Dan Margalit is of the opinion that Abbas’s inflammatory speech has effectively collapsed the peace process – though how anyone could have thought it was somehow still alive is beyond me.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has done what he always does. As usual, upon arriving at a crucial junction, he hesitates for a moment before making the wrong turn. It takes time before we can get him back right where he started.
Addressing the U.N. General Assembly over the weekend, Abbas was expected to take a semi-appeasing tone, a peacemaker’s tone, and he was expected to address the U.N. in English. Instead, he acted as if he were attending an election rally in Ramallah, speaking in Arabic and taking an aggressive tone, as if he were representing Hamas.
Abbas antagonized the entire Israeli political spectrum, accept for Meretz Chairwoman Zehava Gal-On, who expressed her understanding of the circumstances that drove Abbas to use an unusually abrasive tone.
The Palestinians’ verbal belligerence is especially discordant in a time when the majority of the world, including many Arab nations, is banding together to fight the Islamic State group.
In his speech, Abbas has effectively debunked the U.S.-sponsored peace process. His speech was extreme enough to vex even Washington, and the entire diplomatic world had a front row seat to listen to the chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s lies.
The speech, of course, did not surprise anyone. Abbas traditionally plays the role of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. In 2000, he incited Yasser Arafat to bolt from Camp David the moment then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak expressed willingness to discuss the future of Jerusalem; and years later he bolted back to Ramallah the moment former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert presented him with an appeasing peace proposal, the likes of which Israel had never devised before.
There is no doubt that at this point, Abbas has abandoned the path of negotiations. He strives to impose some sort of solution on Israel, and he fails to understand that the tumultuous developments in the Arab world, including the conflict between Ramallah and the Gaza Strip, have plunged the Palestinian stock to a new low.
I’m looking forward to Netanyahu’s speech. I can’t wait to hear him debunk Abbas’s lies and I eagerly anticipate his condemnations of Iran.