Arab League chief: Accept Abbas plan

Ahmed Aboul Gheit urges international community to positively react to peace plan put forward by PA chairman.

Elad Benari ,

Ahmed Abul Gheit
Ahmed Abul Gheit

The Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, on Wednesday urged the international community to positively react to the peace plan put forward by Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas in his speech to the UN Security Council.

In a statement quoted by the PA’s Wafa news agency, Aboul Gheit said Abbas had presented a clear and practical plan to end the conflict and achieve security for the Palestinian and Israeli sides through an international multilateral mechanism to resolve the Palestinian cause stemming from an international conference that is committed to international legitimacy.

He stressed that the Abbas's vision is rational and reflects his keenness on negotiations to “end the occupation” and establish an independent Palestinian state on the pre-1967 borders with eastern Jerusalem as its capital.

The Secretary-General pointed out that Abbas's vision was not directed against any party, but was rather meant to hold the international community and its actors responsible for ending this protracted conflict.

Aboul Gheit claimed that Abbas's belief in a two-state solution based on the references of international legitimacy and his insistence on rejecting interim and partial solutions must be supported by all peace lovers and advocate.

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.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, responded to Abbas’s speech by making clear that while the United States is holding out its hand for peace, it will not chase after the Palestinian Arabs.

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, also responded to Abbas, saying the PA leader was “no longer part of the solution” to the Middle East conflict – but instead was part of the problem.