“The Palestinian Authority is doing all it can to avoid any chance for negotiations and is actively thwarting initiatives towards reconciliation,” Ambassador Danon charged. 

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Danny Danon on Wednesday harshly criticized the statement by Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas that the PA is withdrawing from all peace agreements with Israel since the 1993 Oslo Accords.

Abbas made the statement during an emergency meeting of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul that was convened in response to the US’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Abbas stated he will refuse any future US involvement in the peace process and threatened that there will be “no peace or stability” in the region until Jerusalem is recognized as the Palestinian capital.

“We will tell the Israelis that we are no longer committed to any agreement from Oslo until today,” he said.

“The Palestinian Authority is doing all it can to avoid any chance for negotiations and is actively thwarting initiatives towards reconciliation,” Danon charged.

“The international community must not allow Chairman Abbas to evade direct negotiations yet again. It must be made clear to the Palestinian leadership that they must stop their dangerous incitement which threatens the stability of the region,” he concluded.

Abbas also threatened to push for full Palestinian membership in the UN, where the Palestinians currently have a non-member observer status.

“We agreed with America we would not join international institutions on the condition that American does not transfer its embassy, does not initiate any action against our office in Washington and orders Israel to freeze settlement building,” Abbas said.

The PA will not accept any role for the US in the Mideast peace process “from now on,” Abbas said, calling Trump’s decision a “crime” that threatened world peace.

He called on the UN to take charge of the peace process and create a new mechanism, arguing that Washington is no longer “fit” for the task.

By: United with Israel and agencies

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