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Palestine Will Peacefully Negotiate With Israel But Not Tolerate Annexing West Bank

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Negotiating With Israel

While known for his defiance, the Palestinian President has agreed to walk the road of peace with Israel, despite a volley of racism and discriminatory apartheid policies by the latter’s government. This was communicated by President Mahmoud Abbas at the ongoing UN General Assembly session. Palestine has given out a message to its supporters this time, that peaceful negotiations stop the moment Netanyahu talks about annexing West Bank.

 Addressing the slim gathering to start with, Abbas sided with Saudi Arabia and showed a sense of solidarity with the government, standing as one more against Iran, which is suspected to be the perpetrator of the crime committed over Saudi oil reserves.  His 26minute long speech gathered a lot of public support from the session where Abbas made it clear that “peace through negotiation” was on the plate and nothing. Palestine has the right to fight for its sovereignty and there is no way that Israel’s tyranny to annex the West Bank is going to be accepted.

Abbas also announced, that once back home, he intends to start the process of elections on a local level, in the West Bank, occupied Jerusalem and in the Gaza Strip, where he accused Hamas of seeking to undermine his government.

Abbas’s statements had weight as he had him accompanied by Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour, negotiator Saed Erakat and advisers from Palestine’s UN mission.  He threw light on the fact that many nations have tried to create a peaceful ground for him and Netanyahu to have a conversation, but Israel has never come on a common ground of dialogue. Also, hinting on the damage that the US has done, he pointed out that Trump jeopardized the twin state strategy, something that Abbas strongly believes needs to be implemented.

The Trump administration recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 2017 and moved the US Embassy there in May the following year. This was nothing short of interference without open discussions with Palestine.

By the end of the speech, most of the hall had occupied seats, a sight which took most media by surprise, as the meeting hall was pretty empty when Abbas had started addressing the UN General meeting. Later on, several heads of state are known to have talked at the UN about the need to recognize Palestine and pursue a two-state solution, including Bulgarian President Rumen Radev.  

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