( Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, appearing prior to the United Nations Security Council, on Tuesday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace proposal as a gift to Israel and undesirable to Palestinians.
Waving a copy of a map that the U.S. plan envisions for a two-state service for Israel and Palestine, Abbas stated the state took for Palestinians appeared like a fragmented “Swiss cheese.”
In a problem for the Palestinians, a draft Security Council resolution circulated by Tunisia and Indonesia that would have implicitly criticized Trump’s plan, including Israel’s retention of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, was not put to a vote.
The text, which dealt with a near-certain U.S. veto, did not move forward in part because it failed to gather the assistance required by the Palestinians to isolate the United States, two diplomats at the United Nations stated.
One said the draft, which the United States wished to water down, attracted 11 or 12 votes in favor on the 15- member council. A 2nd diplomat said it would have required a lot of compromises to attain the 14 -1 vote the Palestinians may have looked for.
” Today, by not putting forward a polarizing resolution, the United Nations Security Council demonstrated that the old method of doing things is over,” a senior Trump administration authorities stated.
Released on Jan. 28, Trump’s plan would recognize Israel’s authority over West Bank Jewish settlements and need Palestinians fulfill a challenging series of conditions for a state, with its capital in a West Bank town east of Jerusalem.
” This is the state that they will provide us,” said Abbas. “It’s like a Swiss cheese, actually. Who amongst you will accept a comparable state and comparable conditions?”
Speaking at an election rally in the Israeli town of Bat Yam, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned down the criticism and meant the possibility that Arab states may amuse the Trump plan even if Palestinians do not.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds a map while speaking throughout a Security Council conference at the United Nations in New York City, U.S., February 11,2020 REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
” This is not Swiss cheese. This is the very best plan that exists for the Middle East– for the Middle East– and for the State of Israel and for the Palestinians, too,” he said, including that the plan “recognizes reality and the rights of individuals of Israel, both of which you continuously refuse to recognize.”
Abbas urged Trump to disavow the plan and look for a return to negotiations based on existing U.N. resolutions that require a two-state option based upon pre-1967 border lines.
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” The U.S. can not be the sole mediator,” he said, turning down the traditional U.S. role in seeking to broker an end to the conflict and calling for a global conference.
Suggesting violent demonstrations could break out, Abbas stated “the circumstance might implode anytime. … We require hope. Please do not take this hope far from us.”
Later on, however, he stated Palestinians would not “resort to terrorism.”
Although Trump’s mentioned objective was to end years of conflict, his plan preferred Israel, highlighted by the Palestinians’ lack from his White Home statement with Netanyahu at his side.
While Arab League foreign ministers on Feb. 1 rejected the strategy, three Gulf Arab states – Oman, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates – were represented at the White Home statement, recommending they might be prioritizing ties with Washington and a shared hostility towards Iran over standard Arab alliances.
Abbas said the deal is not a global partnership, but rather a proposition from one state supported by another state to be imposed on Palestinians.
Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, implicated Abbas of being impractical and stated peace was not possible while he remained in power.
In a program of assistance for Abbas, Ehud Olmert, a former centrist Israeli prime minister who had actually claimed significant progress in talks with the Palestinians targeted at securing a last peace deal, later on waited him at a joint appearance.
Olmert, once a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, resigned in 2008 and ultimately spent 16 months in prison for corruption linked to his position as mayor of Jerusalem.
A Feb. 5-8 survey conducted in the West Bank and Gaza Strip by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Study Research discovered that 94%of Palestinians decline the strategy, which Trump has called the “Deal of the Century.”
Reporting by Steve Holland and Arshad Mohammed; editing by Jonathan Oatis, Howard Goller and Dan Grebler
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