Abbas to Speak at UN Security Council After Bolting Talks with Israel

Posted February 02, 2018

In addresses to Arab and African leaders over the last month, the PA president said he will only accept an internationally-backed panel to broker any peace talks with Israel.

Abbas will attend the routine monthly meeting on the Middle East, which focuses on the Israel-Palestinian issue.

"Some 200 Palestinians gathered at the entrance of East Jerusalem's Al-Issawiya neighborhood to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize the city as Israel's capital", Amjad Abu Assab, head of the Jerusalem Committee for the Families of Prisoners, an NGO, told Anadolu Agency.

It also affirmed support for the decisions of the Palestinian Central Council of January 15, 2018 in response to the recognition of the USA administration of Jerusalem as the capital of the occupying state, and to work with global actors to establish a multilateral mechanism under the auspices of the United Nations. The UNRWA is funded nearly entirely by voluntary contributions from United Nations member states.

Ambassador Sayyar reiterated the firm position of the Kingdom of Bahrain in support of the Palestinian cause and all the efforts aiming to achieve a just and comprehensive peace in the region in addition to recognizing East Jerusalem as part of the territories occupied in 1967 and one of the final status issues that will only be resolved through negotiations between the two Palestinian and Israeli sides in accordance with the relevant worldwide laws and the two-state solution. The administration also made clear that additional USA donations will be contingent on major changes by UNRWA, which has been heavily criticized by Israel.

Danny Danon, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, condemned the invitation to Abbas.

"By continuing to act against the United States and seeking unilateral action against Israel, Abbas is completely misreading today's reality and harming the prospects for a better future for his people", he continued.

The two-day conference adopts the motto of "World Conference in Support of Jerusalem", and witnesses the participation of prominent national, regional and worldwide figures such as Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark Tawadros II, Arab Parliament chief Meshaal bin Fahm al-Salmi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

He also announced that the council will hold an informal meeting February 22 on the Palestinians where former US president Jimmy Carter, former United Nations humanitarian chief Jan Egeland and former UNRWA chief Karen AbuZayd. An outraged Abbas rejected the decision, saying the USA could no longer be an acceptable mediator in the peace process.

"If President Abbas demonstrates he can be that type of leader, we would welcome it".