Haaretz, September 24, 2021
President Mahmoud Abbas used his UN General Assembly address on Friday to warn that the Palestinian Authority would reverse its recognition of the 1967 borders and push to press charges against Israel in the International Criminal Court if the country did not withdraw from the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem within one year.
In his pre-recorded speech, Abbas said that he is
“ready to work throughout this year on the delineation of borders and solving all final status issues under the auspices of the international Quartet and in accordance with United Nations resolutions. If this is not achieved, why maintain recognition of Israel based on the 1967 borders?”
Referring to the Oslo Agreement, Abbas said Palestinians
“remained committed to all of its elements to this day,”
“Israel has not honoured its obligations under the signed agreements and has evaded participating in peace initiatives and instead pursued its expansionist, colonial enterprise, destroying the prospect of a political settlement based on the two-state solution.”
Andy Walton in his Weekly World Watch comments:
Back in 1993 the Oslo accords were signed between Israel and the PLO. The accords created a Palestinian Authority (PA) who would have limited self governance in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The accords did not create a Palestinian State – but left sensitive issues such as state borders, Jerusalem etc to be decided in further agreements. In return the PLO recognised Israel’s right to exist inside the borders created in 1967. But now the leader of the PA has issued an ultimatum of one year to sort out the issues of the borders and Jerusalem. And if they are not sorted they will cease to recognise Israel’s right to exist – which could lead to the initial inner ring war.
They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee. (Psalm 83:3-5)
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