“The Executive Committee [of the PLO] decided to form a higher committee to implement the decisions of the Palestinian Central Council, including the decision to suspend the recognition of the State of Israel until Israel recognizes the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders, repeals the decision to annex East Jerusalem and halts settlement activities,” According to the PLO’s official news agency, WAFA
PA leader Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to appear before the U.N. Security Council later this month to persuade the U.N. to accept the PA as a new independent, Arab country without direct final status talks with Israel.
Chief negotiator of the Palestinian Authory, Saeb Erekat blasted US envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and told he she needs to “shut up” with her criticism of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
“Nikki Haley needs to shut up and realize that the Palestinian leadership is not the problem. Instead, the problem is the Israeli occupation and the policies it continues to pursue. I’m not saying that we don’t make mistakes; every society and every government makes mistakes,” Erekat said.
“[The goal of Israel and the United States is to] undermine the Palestinian national project. American and Israeli officials are saying that any Palestinian leader who insists on East Jerusalem becoming the capital of Palestine and is committed to the right of return, in accordance with United Nations resolution 194, should be removed from power and replaced,” he said.
“The Palestinian leadership has told the Americans and Israelis that, even after 1,000 years, they will not find any Palestinian who will collaborate with their scheme. We will take Trump’s decision [to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel] to the International Court of Justice and we will seek membership in more international agencies,” he said.
“We don’t seek a confrontation or a fight with the US administration. On the contrary — they are the ones taking several steps. The US administration is itself saying that it’s not an honest broker in the peace process. Therefore, we are seeking, together with international parties, to convene an international conference for peace,” he said
Saeb Erekat was responding to Haley’s speech to the UN:
“President Abbas declared the landmark Oslo Peace Accords dead. He rejected any American role in peace talks. He insulted the American President. He called for suspending recognition of Israel. He invoked an ugly and fictional past, reaching back to the 17th century to paint Israel as a colonialist project engineered by European powers,” Haley said.
“A speech that indulges in outrageous and discredited conspiracy theories is not the speech of a person with the courage and the will to seek peace,” she said.
“I ask here today, where is the Palestinian King Hussein? Where is the Palestinian Anwar Sadat. If President Abbas demonstrates he can be that type of leader, we would welcome it. His recent actions demonstrate the total opposite.”