Speaking at the UNGA, the PA leader accused Israel of “racism” and “ethnic cleansing” and threatened to withdraw state recognition if it did not withdraw from Palestinian territory.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has given Israel a year to withdraw from the occupied territories and has threatened to withdraw recognition if Israel fails to do so.
In a virtual speech to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Friday, Abbas said he would no longer recognize Israel on the basis of Israel’s eastern border – the basis of three decades of failed peace efforts – if it refused to withdraw from Palestinian territory for a future state.
“We must say that Israel, the occupying power, has one year to withdraw from the 17 occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem,” Abbas said.
“If this is not achieved, then why maintain Israel’s recognition on the basis of the 1967 border?”
The Palestinian leader called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to convene an “international peace conference” and expressed a desire to work throughout the year to “resolve the final state of Israel and the Palestinian state in accordance with a UN resolution.” ”
Speaking against the backdrop of a map of the region showing decades of Israeli territorial expansion, Abbas accused Israel of “racism” and “ethnic cleansing”, using words that are rarely used for ongoing talks on a two-state solution.
He added that the Palestinians were ready to go to the International Court of Justice “on the issue of the legitimacy of the occupation of the land of the Palestinian state.”
Israel has removed the demands of the Palestinian leader. “Those who truly support peace and dialogue do not threaten a misleading ultimatum from the UN platform, as he did in his speech,” said Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the UN.
Erdogan said Abbas’s speech “proved once again that he is no longer relevant.”
The peace process has been stalled for years to achieve a two-state solution.
Palestinians say Israel’s proposal will fail to give them full statehood or address other key issues, including the fate of Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem.
Israel occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza in the Battle of Bank 1 and did not stop the illegal occupation of the occupied territories, which the Palestinians want for their future state.
Israel’s recognition of Palestine was the basis of the 1993 Oslo Accords, an important moment for peace between the two sides.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett opposes the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, which the international community widely sees as the only way to resolve the conflict.
Abbas has faced backlash at home. Palestinians – frustrated by its long and growing authoritarian rule and security cooperation with Israel – have been protesting after the death of an outspoken critic in the custody of the Palestinian Authority.