ADL: Abbas Speech 'Blatant Repudiation of Peace'

Accusing PA chairman of 'outright lies' Anti-Defamation League calls on int'l community to demand end to 'anti-Semitic' incitement.

Cynthia Blank,

Mahmoud Abbas
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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) joined on Wednesday the chorus of condemnations over Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas's speech to the United Nations General Assembly. 

Slamming Abbas' remarks as “the latest and most blatant public repudiation of peace and reconciliation with Israel," the ADL's National Director said Abba's "obfuscations and excuses" would do nothing to bring Palestinians closer to statehood. 

In his statement, Jonathan A. Greenblatt accused Abbas of a "speech rife with outright lies and incitement about shared holy sites in Jerusalem, historical half-truths on the conflict, and a pro forma litany of grievances and accusations." 

"Abbas dramatically announced the end of negotiations, reconciliation and peace with Israel, while, at the same time demanding international action to bring about Palestinian statehood," Greenblatt charged. 

"Long on complaints, short on practical steps, Abbas once again showed the international community that the Palestinians remain rooted to a strategy of symbolism, obfuscation and excuses which will do little to bring benefits to average Palestinians or bring closer their goal of statehood." 

"How sad for the Palestinian people that their leadership has spent decades engaged in a strategy so damaging to their legitimate aspirations," Greenblatt added. 

Calling on the international community, Greenblatt demanded that instead of "applauding fiery speeches" they must "clearly convey" to Abbas and other Palestinian leaders that "denial of the Jewish connection to the holy sites in Jerusalem is anti-Semitic and must stop."

Furthermore, Greenblatt asserted, the international community must make clear to Abbas that "only through direct, difficult, serious and sustained bilateral negotiations with the Jewish State of Israel will Palestinian aspirations be recognized."

In the speech, Abbas declared that the PA is no longer committed to the 1994 Oslo Accords, while condemning Israeli "settlements" in Judea and Samaria, as well as the blockade of Gaza.

Earlier Wednesday, sources close to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said he will use his own speech at the UN headquarters on Thursday to decisively attack Abbas's speech directly, exposing what the sources call the lies and incitement in Abbas's address.




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