United Nations underlines need for dialogue to resolve Israel-Palestine conflict


Trump's "deal of the century" has nonetheless triggered a strong backlash within the Palestinian National Authority. Geographically, they span Europe, South Africa, Australia, Canada and Central America. "The first related to a call for an worldwide conference to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian issue based upon UN Security Council resolutions rather than the details of the Trump initiative, as well as, I think, an unprecedented call for Chapter 7 of the UN charter to be implemented, which would call on the UN to somehow try and implement previous UN Security Council resolutions in Israel and Palestine", explained Lyndon in an interview with FRANCE 24.

"As I said today at the Security Council, I am fully ready to resume negotiations where we had left it with Mr. Olmert under the umbrella of the worldwide quartet, and not on the basis of the plan of annexation and legalization of settlements - destroying the two-state solution [.] We have worked so closely together to achieve the historic peace treaty [.] We have come a long way and covered all core issues of permanent status", Abbas said, cited by the I24 News media outlet. A peace plan in name only, it will perpetuate the occupation and doom the region to a destructive future of more bloodshed and conflict.

The Palestinians have sought to rally global support against the plan, which Trump unveiled alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has since moved forward on plans to annex vast parts of the West Bank.

"He is a man of peace, he is opposed to terror, and therefore he is the only partner that we can deal with", Olmert, a centrist who served as prime minister from 2006 to 2009, told reporters with Abbas at his side. Despite this, Olmert said he has remained in contact continually with Abbas over the last 11 to 12 years.

Guterres said the United Nations had made its position on the matter known through the years by resolutions of the Security Council and the General Assembly that propose a two-state solution.

"British and world leaders must reject this plan which runs counter to worldwide law as well as to the Jewish values of justice and peace".

Abbas urged Trump to disavow the plan and seek a return to negotiations based on existing United Nations resolutions that call for a two-state solution based on pre-1967 border lines.

"Jerusalem is no longer under the sovereignty of the state of Palestine", he said.

The plan, the item of 3 years of effort by Trump's son-in-law and senior consultant Jared Kushner, pictures a disjointed Palestinian state that turns over essential parts of the West Bank to Israel and favours Israel on essential controversial concerns consisting of borders, the status of Jerusalem and Jewish settlements.

Even without the U.S.' veto, the resolution was said to have not garnered enough support by other member states, prompting Abbas to pull it at the last minute in an attempt to save face.

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"Progress toward peace will not be made so long as President Abbas remains in his position", the Israeli diplomat asserted.

The ambassadors of Bahrain, Oman, the United Arab Emirates attended Trump's unveiling of the plan alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who later held a breakthrough meeting with Sudan's top general.

A number of African Union member states also rejected the proposal during their recent summit.

In his speech before the Council, Abbas said that "the USA can not be the sole mediator".

"Rest assured of the full commitment of the United Nations to a just and comprehensive peace between Palestinians and Israelis based on our shared multilateral framework set by United Nations resolutions and global law", he said.

Although Trump's stated aim was to end decades of conflict, his plan favoured Israel, underlined by the Palestinians' absence from his White House announcement with Netanyahu at his side.

"I am serious about what I say".

Olmert, who said re-entering political life in Israel is not on his agenda, said he deals with Abbas as a private citizen, not as a representative of the government or an Israeli party. A senior U.S. official, who asked not to be identified, called the anticipated resolution "polarizing" and said "the old ways of doing things is over" at the UN.

But it appeared unlikely that the Palestinians would have enough support in the council to put it up for a vote amid reports the draft resolution was put on hold following USA pressure.