The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has Tuesday in a speech to the United Nations Security council calls for full Palestinian membership in the international organization. It is the first time since 2009 that Abbas of the council in New York spoke to them.
Abbas called in his speech to ‘an international peace conference in mid-2018 with a broad international participation’ and subsequent ‘acceptance of the state of Palestine as a full member of the UN.
Palestine tried in 2011, once the full-fledged membership to obtain, but that crossed the United States and their allies when a stick. The General Assembly of the UN recognized Palestine a year later – despite great resistance from the Americans – as ‘observing state’. Only the Vatican has that status.
That Abbas is now once again full-fledged membership demands, is a direct result of the controversial recognition by U.s. president Donald Trump of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, gave the Palestinian president to know. He repeated again that the decision to revert must be made in order to pave the way for a two-state solution. It was expected that Abbas explicitly would say that the Americans themselves disqualified to have as a mediator in the Middle East to act, but as far as he went Tuesday in his speech.
US ‘Willing to listen’
For the US, followed not only the ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, the speech of Abbas. Also, Jared Kushner, a White House adviser and son-in-law of Trump, and Jason Greenblatt, special representative for international negotiations, members of the Security council. The duo led the American efforts in the Middle East since the end of last year.
According to the American ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed Kushners and Greenblatts presence that we are willing to listen to both sides – the Palestinians and the israelis, ” says spokeswoman Heather Nauert. According to her, were Abbas’ comments ‘constructive’. “And that is something we certainly noticed. We hope that the Palestinians to the negotiating table will come.”
Nauert is therefore an international peace conference. “If we at some point believe that other countries can help in the peace process, we would certainly be willing to have them there to pick up,” she says. “Or now is the right time to do this is, I think we have not decided yet. But that is certainly something that in the future could happen.’
Israel: “You are the problem”
The Israeli representative to the UN, Danny Danon, was less positive. He accuses Abbas of ‘insincerity’. The Palestinian leader has, according to him, refused to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu during seven visits to the UN to meet. “You are no longer a part of the solution, you are the problem”, founded Danon turned to Abbas. “What have you done to improve the lives of even just one person in Ramallah or Gaza? You spoke of your commitment to peace, but if you want your people addresses, brings you a very different message.’