PA President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the government, accusing it of pursuing a “policy of war, occupation and settlement colonization” and rejecting the two-state solution.
He also declared that he had begun intensive consultations with various regional organizations and UN member states aimed at having the General Assembly adopt a resolution granting a Palestinian state the status of non-member.
Abbas’s statements came during a fiery speech he delivered at the opening of the General Assembly’s 67th session in New York.
“Israel is promising the Palestinian people a new catastrophe, a new nakba,” the PA president declared.
Abbas began his speech by referring to the “catastrophic danger of the racist Israeli settlement of our country, Palestine.” He claimed that in recent months, “attacks by terrorist militias of Israeli settlers have become a daily reality.”
But the PA continued to believe in negotiations with Israel, he said, and “there is still a chance – maybe the last – to save the two-state solution and to salvage peace.”
Abbas said his renewed statehood bid was not aimed at delegitimizing Israel, “but rather to assert that the state of Palestine must be realized.”
The Palestinians, Abbas told the General Assembly, “are facing relentless waves of attacks against our people, our mosques, churches and monasteries, and our homes and schools; they are unleashing their venom against our trees, fields, crops and properties, and our people have become fixed targets for acts of killing and abuse with the complete collusion of the occupying forces and the Israeli government.”
Abbas accused Israel of carrying out a policy of ethnic cleansing against Arab residents of Jerusalem by demolishing their homes and denying them basic services. He also accused Israel of preventing “millions of Palestinians from freely accessing Jerusalem mosques, churches, schools, hospitals and markets.”
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