Abbas leaves USA hospital and is fine, official says


Abbas leaves USA hospital and is fine, official says

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday called for an worldwide conference on Middle East peace in mid-2018 followed by United Nations recognition of a State of Palestine.

The United States declared at the United Nations on Tuesday it was "ready to talk" with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who rejected US-led Middle East peace efforts as "impossible" after Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas has presented a three-point peace plan centred on convening an worldwide peace conference by mid-year to resolve the intractable conflict with Israel and reiterated his readiness for negotiations.

"Abbas' speech doesn't represent the prevailing national Palestinian position that the Oslo Accords should be canceled and that there should be no return to negotiations", said a special statement released by Hamas in reaction to the speech.

White House spokesman Josh Raffel said a peace plan would be presented "when it is done and the time is right".

"I think there is little appetite for other countries to step forward in the way the Palestinians envision", said Rumley.

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas yesterday called for an global conference to be held later this year to launch a new, wider Middle East peace process and pave the way to Palestinian statehood.

Mohammad Oweis, a political analyst based in Washington, DC, said any future conference is already a "failure" as the Israeli and American UN ambassadors are "determined to derail anything that serves the rights of the Palestinian people".

The Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, on Wednesday urged the global community to positively react to the peace plan put forward by Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas in his speech to the UN Security Council. "You don't even have to accept it, but know this - that decision will not change".

He had been expected to leave the United States for Venezuela for an official visit, according to his office.

The U.S. ambassador said the Trump administration "stands ready" to work with the Palestinians. But he said council members "haven't received any details" of the USA proposal for Palestinian-Israeli peace. "The choice, Mr. President, is yours", said Haley, referring to Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, and US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt.

It is also odd that the United States still lists the Palestine Liberation Organization on its terror list and imposes restrictions on the work of the Palestinian mission in Washington "under the pretext" of congressional decisions since 1987, said Abbas in a monthly debate of the Security Council over the Middle East situation.

Meanwhile, Amnesty also slammed "Israel's air, land and sea blockade of the Gaza Strip", which it says is "collectively punishing Gaza's entire population of approximately 2 million inhabitants". Abbas proposed a referendum on any peace plan to be approved by the Palestinian people.

Abbas's speech will come as Israel faces escalating tensions with Iran, a supporter of the Palestinian Authority. "You made it clear, with your words and with your actions, that you are no longer part of the solution", Danon said.

"Rather than driving just 12 minutes between Ramallah and Jerusalem", Danon said, "he has chosen to fly just 12 hours to NY to avoid the possibility of peace". But Nikki Haley's understanding of the suffering of Israelis and Palestinians appears to be as crooked as that of her casino sugar daddy Sheldon Adelson and her favourite Israeli ally Benjamin Netanyahu.

Such Israeli statements notwithstanding, Netanyahu has said repeatedly he is committed to the Trump administration's peace efforts, and Israel would likely follow the USA lead should talks restart.



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