Haley to Abbas: We will not chase after you

U.S. Ambassador responds to PA chairman's Security Council speech, says he has a choice between achieving peace and “hateful rhetoric”.

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Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, on Tuesday responded to Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s speech to the UN Security Council, saying he has a choice between achieving peace and “hateful rhetoric”.

Haley also made clear that while the United States is holding out its hand for peace, it will not chase after the Palestinian Arabs.

“I sit here today offering the outstretched hand of the United States to the Palestinian people in the cause of peace. We are fully prepared to look to a future of prosperity and co-existence,” she said.

“The Palestinian leadership has a choice to make between two different paths. There is the path of absolutist demands, hateful rhetoric, and incitement to violence. That path has led, and will continue to lead, to nothing but hardship for the Palestinian people,” continued Haley.

“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,” warned Haley.

“Or, you can choose to put aside your anger about the location of our embassy, and move forward with us toward a negotiated compromise that holds great potential for improving the lives of the Palestinian people. Our negotiators are sitting right behind me, ready to talk. But we will not chase after you. The choice, Mr. President, is yours,” she clarified.

In his speech, Abbas called on the international community to hold a Middle East peace conference as an alternative to a U.S.-led talks between Israel and the PA.

“Israel has closed the door on the two-state solution and is harming it,” he claimed, while also insisting that it was Israel – and not him – who was avoiding peace talks.

Abbas has sought an alternative to direct talks with Israel and has refused to consider the Trump administration an honest broker for negotiations since President Trump’s December declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The State Department said following his speech on Tuesday that the United States would consider supporting the involvement of other countries in peace talks in the future if it believes it would be helpful in reaching an accord.