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Abbas addresses UN Security Council (summaries of 4 articles by Daily Alert, with links)

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Feb. 21, 2018

Abbas at UN Calls for International Peace Conference – Farnaz Fassihi and Felicia Schwartz
PA President Mahmoud Abbas told the UN on Tuesday: “To solve the Palestine question, it is essential to establish a multilateral international mechanism emanating from an international conference.” Abbas said President Trump’s decision in December to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “has violated international law.”  (Wall Street Journal)
See also below Observations: “The U.S. Stands Ready to Work with the Palestinian Leadership. But We Will Not Chase After You.” – Amb. Nikki Haley (U.S. Mission to the UN)


Abbas Leaves UNSC after Palestinian Statehood Call Rather than Hear U.S. Response
At the UN Security Council, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas walked out on U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s rebuttal to his speech. (Sputnik-Russia)

See also Israel: Abbas Is No Longer Part of the Solution – Daniel J. Roth
“[The Palestinians] need leadership that will speak to Israel and not run away from dialogue,” Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said Tuesday as PA President Mahmoud Abbas walked out of the Security Council hall to avoid hearing the Israeli envoy’s comments. “You just addressed the members of the Security Council and spoke of your commitments to peace. This is what you often do when speaking to international forums,” Danon said. “But, when you address your people, you convey a very different message.”
“You have made it official Palestinian policy to sponsor terrorism. In 2017, you spent $345 million paying terrorists for killing innocent Israelis. That is 50% of the total foreign aid donated to the PA. This is money you could have spent building 40 hospitals. This is money you could have used to build over 170 schools – every single year.”  (Jerusalem Post)

See also AJC: The PA Pays Its People a Lifetime Salary for Committing Terrorist Attacks on Israelis
Responding to PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ UN speech, AJC CEO David Harris said, “Instead of traveling a short distance from Ramallah to Jerusalem to negotiate directly with Israel, Abbas chose yet again to come to UN headquarters in New York to ostensibly advance peace by internationalizing the conflict.”
Harris dismissed as “off the wall” Abbas’ assertion that the Palestinians descend from “Canaanites who lived on the land of Palestine 5,000 years ago.” He added: “Is there no limit to his capacity to rewrite history?” As for Abbas’ claim that he is committed to non-violence, Harris said, “The PA, in fact, pays its people a lifetime salary for committing terrorist attacks on Israelis. To call that non-violence is straight out of George Orwell’s 1984.”  (American Jewish Committee-PR Newswire)

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