Abbas to Netanyahu: End the Occupation, Make Peace

PA Chairman says he will present a new timetable for peace talks with Israel when he addresses the UN.

Elad Benari,

Mahmoud Abbas
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Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas vowed on Monday to present a new timetable for peace talks with Israel when he addresses world leaders at the United Nations later this week, according to AFP.

"I say today to Prime Minister (Binyamin) Netanyahu: end the occupation, make peace," Abbas told an audience in New York.

In a passionate address to students in the Cooper Union hall, Abbas said, "The international community has the responsibility to protect our people, living under the terror of settlers, an occupying army."

"We cannot understand how the Israeli government can be so misguided as to fail to understand that the indiscriminate bombing of Gaza that killed thousands of women and children only sowed more hate," Abbas charged.

"This week I will propose to the United Nations a new timetable for peace talks," Abbas said, speaking in English and winning a standing ovation, according to AFP.

Abbas is set to address the annual UN General Assembly on Friday. His aides said recently that the PA leader will appeal to the international community to set a deadline for Israel to withdraw back to the pre-1967 borders and make way for an independent Palestinian state.

Such a move would be unilateral and would be against the Oslo Accords.

In April, the PA requested to join 15 international agencies in breach of the conditions of the peace talks that were going on with Israel at that time.

In response, Israel cancelled the fourth terrorist release "gesture" and subsequently pulled out of the talks altogether, after the PA signed a unity pact with Hamas.




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