Palestinian President to testify at a UN Security Council meeting about Trump’s Middle East peace plan

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to talk ahead of the United Nations. On Tuesday the Security Council expressed its disapproval and opposition to the Middle East peace plan of Trump administration.

Members of the council on Monday could not decide on a draft resolution, a setback for Abbas, who has traveled the globe in an effort to scrap the deal in the past few weeks.

Israel’s U.N. ambassador, Danny Danon, told reporters that Abbas should cancel his presentation and talk about his peace plans with Israelis in Jerusalem. 

Danon said that he did not understand why Abbas came to New York this week to reject the peace plan.

“[ Abbas should ] cancel his trip to New York (and) return to Jerusalem to talk to the Israeli Knesset and deliver a message of hope rather than a message of hostility and incitement,” Danon said.

Danon’s remarks echo those of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who, together with Israel’s leading opposition leader, Benny Gantz, gave full support to the Trump proposal at the White House late last month. Danon said that Netanyahu is ready to meet with Abbas in Jerusalem or Ramallah.

The Trump strategy, announced on 28 January, called for a two-state solution establishing a potential Palestinian state.

Under the program, the Palestinians would have to meet several benchmarks in order to achieve statehood, including the eradication of terrorism, political reforms such as freedom of speech, and the end of what is known as “pay to kill,” where the Palestinian Authority has compensated militant families.

The blueprint was backed by an economic plan outlined in Bahrain last year. The goal of the initiative was to offer a path for the Palestinians and their neighbors toward a new economy worth up to $50 billion in assistance, investment, and financing. Abbas also dismissed all sides of the peace plan for the government.

Abbas is reportedly going to present a list of what the Palestinians say are the many Israeli violations of international law (around 300) in his upcoming address to the Security Council and make his own peace plan.

Just last week a senior advisor to the plan’s president and architect, Jared Kushner, told Fox News that Abbas had been briefed.

“It’s a curious notion when [ critics ] tell Palestinians to claim they haven’t been consulted,” he said to Fox News.

“I never felt able to get into the details because either he’s not a detail-oriented person, or because he didn’t know what he wanted to do… And so they did not choose to meet us again which was their prerogative. They said, if you give us this we would do a meeting, but we don’t pay for meetings, that’s not how their policy is handled by this administration.

Kushner, who was to brief U.N. leaders visiting New York. On the peace plan, the Security Council told a small group of reporters that the council members had listened attentively to what he said was a positive meeting.

In a vote on his proposal, he said he was confident that the US would do better than it did when it had to veto a resolution condemning the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The percentage was 14-1.

Some hours after Kushner’s conference, the Foreign Policy website broke a report that cited diplomats who said Tunisia had recalled its Security Council ambassador over the draft resolution’s language.

Tunisia and Indonesia’s draft text indicated that the Trump peace plan was a breach of international law. The US had protested about the text and forced Tunisia to take action, which they did, according to the paper.

A second draft was adopted after the Tunisia incident but was also rejected by some leaders.

The Israeli media this weekend cited Abbas ‘ close associates as calling for a political intifada against the Trump initiative, but the Palestinian intervention to dismantle the U.S. peace plan has not yet materialized having encountered an unexpected roadblock everywhere in the United Nations. Consejo de Seguridad.

The meeting begins at 10 am on Tuesday. President Abbas is expected to be the third subsequent president of the U.N. morning session. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and his Middle East peace process coordinator.

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