Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas urged the United Nations Security Council in a long address, full of all usual rhetoric, to continue to fund UNRWA and to forcibly hand over half of Jerusalem to Ramallah.
“The US violated international law with its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Abbas said.
He also said, among the many other things: We are the descendants of the Canaanites that lived in the land of Palestine 5,000 years ago and continuously remained there to this day. Our great people remain rooted in their land…” What have happened to their usual claim that they are descendents of Palestinians? Abbas has a doctorate in history, he should know better! Although, it would be prudent to remind that his doctoral thesis was on Holocaust denial, and it was obtained in the USSR – not long after KGB helped Arabs create the fake Palestinian nation in 1964!
I agree with him on one point, that “The British Government bears responsibility for the catastrophic consequences inflicted on the Palestinian people as a result.” But the UK was helping Arabs and neighbouring Muslims to prevent create of the Jewish state! The British did their anti-Semitic best! They ceded off the Palestinian mandate, which was allocated by the League of Nations for creation of “Eretz-Israel”, 82 percent of its territory. In addition, they had instigated Arab pogroms/uprisings against the Jewish population, first in Trans-Jordan, to facilitate transfer of Jews. They also prevented Jews from arming themselves, at the time when ‘friendly’ neighbours received their independence and created arm forces, with the help of the US and France, – and they were ready to destroy newly established Jewish state!
The second Abbas finished delivering his address he ran away! He did not want to hear any of the responses, as is customary when an important issue is raised in the UN forum.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that PA leader Mahmoud Abbas had nothing new to say. “Abbas said nothing new,” Netanyahu scoffed. “He continues to run away from peace and continues to pay terrorists and their families $347 million.” Abbas speech to the United Nations Security Council was a much-anticipated speech, but what a waste of time, as usual!
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. The anther path is to realised that they will not get control of any Jewish land they occupy, and start looking for an alternative – the Sinai Option is the best, in my opinion!
“You can choose to denounce the United States, reject the US 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.
Putting forward old talking points and entrenched and undeveloped concepts achieves nothing. That approach has been tried many times, and has always failed. After so many decades, we welcome new thinking…
Our negotiators are sitting right behind me, ready to talk. But we will not chase after you. The choice, Mr. President, is yours.” – said Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.
Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations slammed Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “You have made it clear, with your words and with your actions, that you are no longer part of the solution. You are the problem.”