Abbas decides to go it alone

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, arrives for the opening of a museum for late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday, November 9, 2014 (photo credit: AP/Abbas Momani)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, arrives for the opening of a museum for late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday, November 9, 2014 (photo credit: AP/Abbas Momani)

The PA president has effectively closed the door on negotiations with Israel, but Hamas has little cause to rejoice

(SOURCE)  Fed up with what he views as American procrastination, Israeli intransigence, and Hamas duplicity, Mahmoud Abbas has decided to go it alone.

The PA president stood before members of the Arab League in Cairo on Saturday to deliver a seminal speech of disillusionment. He outlined his plan for a series of unilateral moves in the coming weeks: joining international treaties; applying the precepts of the Fourth Geneva Convention to the Palestinian territories, purportedly banning settlement activity under international laws of occupation; acquiring a UN Security Council resolution recognizing “Palestine” on the 1967 borders and prescribing a timetable for Israel’s withdrawal; and, finally, asking UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for a “comprehensive vision on the international protection of the Palestinian people.”

In a dramatic shift in policy, Abbas said he would “define relations with Israel, including stopping security coordination,” coordination he dubbed “sacred” in May and said he would uphold regardless of the outcome of negotiations. He then asked the Arab states for both political support and financial backing for his scheme, in the form of $100 million.

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the latter's residence in Amman on November 13, 2014 (Photo credit: AFP/POOL/Nicholas Kamm)

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the latter’s residence in Amman on November 13, 2014 (Photo credit: AFP/POOL/Nicholas Kamm)

“I understand the repercussions of our plan, but I assure you that the most dangerous thing facing the Palestinian national cause is maintaining the status quo,” Abbas said, in perhaps his most lucid description of the diplomatic chasm separating him and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “I’ve given President [Barack] Obama and [Secretary of State John] Kerry every possible chance, and waited patiently, to a point where people began to wonder, ‘Waiting and waiting until when?’”

In his speech, Abbas cited no fewer than five conversations with Kerry since early September — either directly or through delegates — in which he said he had indicated his intention to move forward in the international arena. He said that Kerry repeatedly warned him against doing so.

During their last meeting in Amman on November 13, Abbas said, he placed an ultimatum on the table: If Israel recognized Palestine on the 1967 borders, stopped settlement construction, released the fourth group of pre-Oslo prisoners from jail, and reinstated area A as fully sovereign Palestinian territory (currently, the IDF carries out security missions in Palestinian cities on a daily basis), negotiations could resume. Otherwise, Abbas said, he would immediately turn to the Security Council and join a series of international treaties. The deadline for Israel’s response was set for Saturday, the date of the Arab League gathering.

Palestinians are headed for the Security Council, with or without America’s blessing, Abbas asserted in his speech. The US, like other Western states, is welcome to participate in drafting the UN Security Council appeal, he stressed. “We do not want to exclude anyone, and don’t want anyone outside the fold, especially not the US,” he said.

“We can wait no longer; the status quo is untenable,” he added.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem, September 15, 2010 (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem, September 15, 2010 (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90)

 

“We no longer have a partner in Israel, and have no choice but to internationalize the Palestinian issue through the plan we’ve agreed upon,” Abbas said, fully articulating for the first time his exasperation with Israel and with the ineffective American mediation. “I am confident that we will win your support, and I request … a safety net of $100 million, which we’ve discussed before, in order to strengthen the steadfastness of our people on the land of the occupied Palestinian state in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.”

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2 thoughts on “Abbas decides to go it alone

  1. Wow Gordon,
    Our Heavenly Father was the one who reestablished Israel and the land they hold. period!
    This man demands recognition from Israel and with the same breath does not give Israel the same courtesy.
    Funny how when the land was desolate nobody wanted it. Once God brought his people home and blessed them and the land (Ezekiel 36:33-38), instead of getting down on their knees as well for their own blessings, they curse Israel for becoming prosperous, then wonder why they are not. And now demand the land back. God Almighty has the last word.
    Let’s keep our eyes on Israel and continue to pray for them… God blesses those who bless Israel.
    “The nations also will know that I, the Lord, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore”.” Ezek. 37:28 God bless us all.

  2. Amen SweetJava! The land of Israel belongs to God, for that matter, the earth belongs to God and all that is in it, period. But He did give the land of Israel for the Jews to possess, forever. It’s absolutely amazing at how quickly things are falling into place.

    Abbas is led by Satan, as is most of the world. Things are getting bad, real bad. Just what will 2015 bring with it? It’s not looking too good for the world.

    God Bless!

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