United Nations envoy sees Mideast peace window closing soon

United Nations envoy sees Mideast peace window closing soon

United Nations envoy sees Mideast peace window closing soon

The PA has been under pressure in the aftermath of the USA decision to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, after facing criticism from Palestinians and rival factions such as Hamas for engaging in negotiations with Israel during the past 25 years.

Palestinian spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said Abbas would center his speech around "Al-Quds", or Jerusalem, and on basic Palestinian principles.

"Our presence here was a suitable chance for us to make some medical checks", Abbas told Palestine TV during a short interview.

Abbas spoke as the Trump administration's two key Mideast negotiators who are working on a US peace proposal - the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner and special representative Jason Greenblatt - sat in the Security Council chamber listening. "Is it for the two-state solution, or for one-state?"

Virtually all the members of the Council backed the two-state solution of having independent nations of Israel and Palestine side by side, while the U.S. was silent on it.

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Abbas spoke during a political climate that saw tensions reach a boiling point after the United States' recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last December.

Across the occupied territories, "Israeli forces, including undercover units, used excessive and sometimes lethal force when they used rubber-coated metal bullets and live ammunition against Palestinian protesters", killing "at least 20, and injuring thousands". "I sit here today offering the outstretched hand", Haley said, noting that American negotiators were sitting right behind her, referring to White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt.

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After speaking, Abbas walked out of the Security Council chamber and therefore did not hear the pointed responses delivered by U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon.

"Israel is acting as a state above the law", Abbas said. "We will present it when it is done and the time is right".

For her part, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, used her platform to dismiss the UN body, saying it spends a "disproportionate amount of time" discussing the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

"When you speak before worldwide forums, you speak of peace", said Danon, adding that "when you speak to your people in Arabic, you convey a different message".

Nonetheless, Haley explained that the USA was determined to push forward with the peace process.

Reiterating Palestine's commitment to hold negotiations with Israel, Abbas said it "is our strategic choice for the sake of the coming generations in our region".

Netanyahu's office issued a statement saying: "Abbas didn't say anything new". "Mr. Abbas, you have made it clear that you are no longer part of the solution, but part of the problem".

"But we will not chase after you", Haley said.

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