Thursday, March 21, 2019

(Sean Savage/JNS) Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas took to the international stage this week to call for a conference to advance peace efforts.

“We call for the convening of an international peace conference in mid-2018, based on international law and relevant U.N. resolutions, with broad international participation including the two concerned parties, and the regional and international stakeholders,” Abbas said in a 30-minute-long speech to the U.N. Security Council.

Abbas’s speech comes amid ongoing tensions between the Palestinians and Washington, with Abbas stating that he no longer considers the United States to be an “honest broker” in Mideast peace and calling for an alternative to the U.S.-led process.

The P.A. leader also took aim at the Trump administration’s threats to cut off aid to the Palestinians. He additionally cited the administration’s decision to slash funding for UNRWA—the U.N. agency in charge of Palestinian refugees, which he said the United States “helped establish”—while criticizing Trump for threatening to shutter the Palestine Liberation Organization’s offices in Washington, D.C.

He added that Palestinians would step up efforts for full membership at the United Nations.