NEW YORK, November 30, 2017 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas, on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, reiterated his commitment to a two-state solution of Palestine and Israel based on international law and the 1967 borders.
Abbas told a United Nations meeting in New York on Wednesday on this occasion that the Palestinian leadership will give a chance to the efforts of the U.S. administration, led by Donald Trump, to achieve “the historical deal of the two-state solution”.
“In the event these efforts fail, the Palestinian [leadership] will demand the fulfillment of equal and full rights of all the people of historical Palestine, regardless of their religion, color, gender or ethnicity.” Abbas told the UN meeting.
He added, “We, as Palestinians, Christians and Muslims, do not have a trouble with Judaism as a religion. The core issue and conflict lie in the colonial Israeli occupation that has befallen upon our people and our land for long decades.”
Meanwhile, Abbas called on the United Nations to work diligently to “end the Israeli occupation of the State of Palestine, to stop the colonial [Israeli] activities on our country, and to provide international protection for the land and people of the State of Palestine.”
He also called on UN “to force Israel to recognize the State of Palestine based on the 1967 borders as the basis for a two-state solution, and to agree on a demarcation of borders [with Palestine] in line with the resolutions of the international community.”
Abbas described the Israeli occupation as “a disgrace on the forehead of Israel and the international community, and in the forehead of those who support it [the occupation].” He added, “[Occupation[ is a flagrant aggression against the freedom and rights of our people. The policy of double standards is no longer bearable.”
He reminded the meeting of Israel’s continuing violation of the resolutions of international community, including the Charter of the United Nations and UN Security Council resolutions 181, 194, 242, 338 and 2334. On this occasion, the President called upon the countries of the world to end all forms of direct and indirect dealing with “the illegal Israeli colonial settlement system on the land of the State of Palestine.”
The President said, “Ending Israeli occupation of Palestine will contribute effectively to combating terrorism in the region and the world, and will remove any pretexts used by terrorist organizations to propagate their obscurantist ideas. We reaffirm our stand against terrorism in our region and the world in whatever form and source.”