PA president Mahmoud Abbas, addresses the United Nations Security Council [Photo Credit: China Xinhua News]
The President of the PA, Mahmoud Abbas, addressed the United Nations Security Council yesterday. Of note was the fact that during the PA president’s speech, he told the audience that his people were part of a culture of coexistence, that he wished for his people to far from terrorism and extremism and finally that the United States had contradicted itself and was not capable of solving the “regional conflict”. In addition to what Abbas said, as usual, he conveniently forgot to mention that the PA pays terrorists and their families for murdering Israelis. He also conveniently forgot to mention that his government sanctioned the naming of streets after Arab terrorists who have been part of terrorist acts that claimed the lives of Israelis. Lastly, Abbas did not mention that in Arabic, he commended the fight against Israel. Below is part of the speech that Abbas made yesterday, at the United Nations Security Council.
“Our national institutions are recognized by international organizations for their merit and work, which is based on the rule of law, accountability and transparency, and empowerment of women and youth in an environment of tolerance, coexistence of civilizations and nondiscrimination.” [….]
“We wish for our people to live in freedom and dignity, far from wars and destruction and far from terrorism and extremism.” [….]
“The United States has contradicted itself and contradicted its own commitments and has violated international law and the relevant resolutions with its decision regarding Jerusalem. So, it has become impossible today for one country or State alone to solve a regional or international conflict without the participation of other international partners. Therefore, to solve the Palestine question, it is essential to establish a multi-lateral international mechanism emanating from an international conference and in line with international law and the relevant resolutions.”
Immediately after his speech, Abbas left the podium and abruptly left the room, sending a message to the audience that he was there just to speak and not to listen and participate in a discussion. Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, called out Abbas on his abrupt exit.
“I expected Mr. Abbas to stay for a dialogue, but once again he has run away instead of listening to what we have to say. Look what just happened. Mr. Abbas came here put his demands on the table. Now he expects you to deliver. This is not the way to achieve peace. You cannot avoid direct negotiations,” Danon said.
Danon also responded to Abbas’ claims regarding the decision of the United States regarding Jerusalem. “Let me be clear: for thousands of years, Jerusalem has been the heart and soul of our people. Jerusalem has been our capital since the days of King David and Jerusalem will remain the undivided capital of the State of Israel forever,” he said.
After Abbas’s speech, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who is a staunch advocate for Israel at the UN responded to Abbas’ critisicm of the United States and his refusal to take responsibility for failed peace talks.
Below is part of the remarks that Ambassador Haley made to the United Nations:
“The United Nations spends an altogether disproportionate amount of time on Israeli-Palestinian issues. It’s not that those issues are unimportant. They are certainly very important. The problem is that the UN has proven itself time and again to be a grossly biased organization when it comes to Israel. As such, the UN’s disproportionate focus has actually made the problem more difficult to solve, by elevating the tensions and the grievances between the two parties. [….]
Both sides have suffered greatly. So many innocent Israelis have been killed or injured by suicide bombings, stabbings, and other sickening terrorist attacks. Israel has been forced to live under constant security threats like virtually no other country in the world. It should not have to live that way. [….]
It is the Palestinian people who are suffering more. The Palestinians in Gaza live under Hamas terrorist oppression. I can’t even call it a governing authority, as Hamas provides so little in the way of what one would normally think as government services.
The people of Gaza live in truly awful conditions, while their Hamas rulers put their resources into building terror tunnels and rockets. The Palestinians in the West Bank also suffer greatly. Too many have died, and too much potential has been lost in this conflict.
We are joined here today by Palestinian Authority President Abbas. I’m sorry he declined to stay in the chamber to hear the remarks of others. Even though he has left the room, I will address the balance of my remarks to him.
So once again, you must choose between two paths. You can choose to denounce the United States, reject the U.S. role in peace talks, and pursue punitive measures against Israel in international forums like the UN. I assure you that path will get the Palestinian people exactly nowhere toward the achievement of their aspirations.
Or, you can choose to put aside your anger about the location of our embassy, and move forward with us toward a negotiated compromise… [….]
As I mentioned in this meeting last month, the United States stands ready to work with the Palestinian leadership. Our negotiators are sitting right behind me, ready to talk. But we will not chase after you. The choice, Mr. President, is yours.”
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) February 20, 2018
In an environment that has proved itself to be biased and hostile toward Israel, we thank Nikki Haley for laying out the truth at the UN and for supporting Israel, a friend and ally of the United States.