Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday night that Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas had nothing new to say in his much-anticipated speech to the United Nations Security Council a short time earlier.
Speaking at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in NY, he said the Palestinians no longer view Washington as a neutral negotiator and have been calling for a collective approach to try and broker the Middle East peace.
As expected, Abbas also slammed the Trump administration for its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, calling it a "dangerous and unprecedented" move.
However, Abbas did not see Haley's wrath as he left the chamber after he addressed the Security Council. Speaking after Abbas made a rare address to the 15-member council, Haley gave no details of the USA plan.
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"We were hoping to hear some new and constructive ideas, and the recognition that Jerusalem is holy to Jews in addition to Muslims and Christians is a step in the right direction, but as Ambassador Haley warned, setting forth old talking points and undeveloped concepts for each of the core issues will not achieve peace", the statement said.
"Instead of traveling a short distance from Ramallah to Jerusalem to negotiate directly with Israel, Abbas chose yet again to come to United Nations headquarters in NY to ostensibly advance peace by internationalizing the conflict", said AJC CEO David Harris.
Abbas spoke as the Trump administration's two key Mideast negotiators who are working on a USA peace proposal - the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner and special representative Jason Greenblatt - sat in the Security Council chamber listening.
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The Palestinians hope that greater worldwide involvement in the peace process will serve to counter what they see as a U.S. stance biased in favour of Israel.
"You don't have to like that decision", she said, of Trump's Jerusalem move.
France, which organized its own global Middle East peace conference with some 70 states in attendance in Paris in January 2017, also responded warmly to Abbas's proposal.
Israel's ambassador to the United Nations also castigated Abbas for his speech, saying it revealed the Palestinian leader as obstructing peace efforts.
The US ambassador to the United Nations responded to a previous comment from the top Palestinian negotiator suggesting that she "shut up", cautioning the Palestinians that the US will not "chase after them".
Accusing the Palestinian leader of incitement against Israel, Mr Danon said "after all these years of Abbas' rejectionism one thing is clear - when we extend a hand, Abbas extends a fist".
Abbas in his speech said that an outcome of the peace conference should include a freeze on the United States moving its embassy to Jerusalem - although he did not set such a freeze as a precondition for convening the peace conference. "Is it for the two-state solution or the one-state solution?" "You don't have to praise it". It's not going to work that way. Kushner and Greenblatt are working on a new Middle East peace plan. "Our negotiators are sitting right behind me, ready to talk. But know this: that decision will not change", she added.