Palestinian leaders are seriously questioning the will of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come to a peace agreement, endorsing their own determination to work with the UN to get recognition of independent Palestinian State
Palestinian leaders are seriously questioning the will of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come to a peace agreement, endorsing their own determination to work with the UN to get recognition of independent Palestinian State.
Netanyahu held a speech to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday and ruled out respect for the borders that existed before Israel occupied Palestinian territories in 1967, claiming it s not good for Israel’s security, and Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President Mahmoud Abbas thereafter insisted on appealing to the United Nations.
Mahmoud Abbas stated that the initial choice was negotiations, but if there was no progress before September (when the UN General Assembly will be in session), they would turn to the UN.
Israeli Palestinian Conflict At a Standstill
The Palestinian leader stated Netanyahu offered no new hortative in his speech on Tuesday for renewing talks, at a standstill since September 2010 because of the Israeli policy of building settlements in the West Bank.
He deplored that the speech only served to place more obstacles on the way to peace and was full of errors and distortions, because it ruled out a division of the holy city of Jerusalem.
The Palestinians want to establish the capital of their future state in East Jerusalem.
Netanyahu failed to recognize that Palestinian refugees have the right tu return to their homeland and also the possibility of taking into account the pre-1967 borders.
In addition, the leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erakat, affirmed that Israeli Prime Minister Netenyahu is not a man of peace because he offered nothing new and mixed history and geography to show Israli cause is just.