Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday that the responsibility to “protect peace and international law rests with the United Nations.”
Addressing the UN General Assembly in New York, Abbas denounced the US disregard of its international obligations, saying Washington encouraged Israel to “renounce all agreements and commitments to peace.”
Abbas said it was “unfortunate and shocking” that the United States, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, is “supporting Israeli aggression against us – reneging on its international political, legal and moral obligations”.
He cited “extremely aggressive and unlawful measures” the US has taken, such as declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel, “in blatant provocation” to hundreds of millions of Muslims and Christians.
The Palestinian president renewed his rejection of the so-called US “deal of the century,” or “any illusory economic solutions” proposed by the administration of US President Donald Trump “after it blew-up all chances for achieving peace, through its policies and procedures.”
On East Jerusalem, Abbas emphasized that Israel “is waging a reckless, racist war against everything Palestinian”, by demolishing homes, assaulting clergy, legislating racist laws and denying access to holy places.
“I caution against these policies and reckless measures, which will lead to dangerous consequences with unfathomable implications,” he warned, asserting that Palestine “will not surrender to the Israeli occupation regardless of the circumstances and no matter the pain”.
“Let everyone know that occupation cannot bring peace or security or stability for anyone”, he stated.
The Palestinian president renewed his call for an international peace conference based on the initiative he had put forward in the Security Council in February 2018, so that all Arab and international parties involved, including the Council’s permanent members and the Quartet, participate in it.
“We cannot accept that the shepherding of peace be monopolized by one country,” he said.