U.S. 'finalizing' peace plan despite Abbas vow for worldwide efforts

Haley Hits Back at Palestinian Official Who Told Her to Shut Up

The Palestinian president slammed the Trump administration, describing Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital as an "unlawful decision which was rejected by the worldwide community, to remove the issue of Jerusalem 'off the table'".

"To solve the Palestine question, it is essential to establish a multilateral global mechanism emanating from an worldwide conference and in line with worldwide law and the relevant resolutions", said Mr Abbas as he set out his vision of a three-point peace plan.

Mr Abbas told the Security Council that "to solve the Palestine question.it is essential to establish a multilateral worldwide mechanism".

Abbas accused Israel of "acting as a State above the law".

The three dailies said that Israeli forces demolished on Tuesday a structure in the Bedouin community of Jabal al-Baba in al-Eizariya to the southeast of Jerusalem and detained a Palestinian who protested the demolition. "How can this happen?"

The UN chief voiced opposition to a one-state solution saying: "It is simply impossible to square the circle of a one-state reality with the legitimate national, historic and democratic aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians".

However, Abbas did not see Haley's wrath as he left the chamber after he addressed the Security Council.

The United Nations granted Palestine the status of a non-member observer state in 1992, but an upgrade to full membership would require unanimous backing from the Security Council - an unlikely outcome, given the near-certainty of a USA veto.

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"That's why he's going to the United Nations - to complain", said Mkhaimar Abusada, a political scientist at Al-Azhar University in the Gaza Strip. "The only way to move forward is to have direct negotiations between Israel and Palestinians".

In a lengthy, rambling discourse given in a voice that sometimes was little more than a mumble, Abbas said, "No one has held Israel accountable when it occupied our territories in 1948". He also criticized Palestinian leaders for spending hundreds of millions of dollars on weapons and tunnels instead of on improving the lives of their people.

"Mr. Abbas, you have made it clear with your words and with your actions that you are no longer part of the solution", he said. "You are the problem", Danny Danon told Abbas while speaking before the Security Council. U.S. Ambassador to the @UN @nikkihaley delivers remarks. Many have called it a politically motivated move as Trump works to bring Palestinians to the negotiating table toward what he calls the "ultimate deal" for lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

Washington, she said, realizes that the Palestinian leadership was "very unhappy" with Trump's decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

Fourteen of the 15 security council members backed a similar resolution but it was vetoed by the US.

"We are ready to begin negotiations immediately in order to achieve the freedom and independence of our people", Abbas said on Tuesday.

"The bottom line is we want a new active process", he said.

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