Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday called on US President Donald Trump to rescind his decisions recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and cutting aid to the Palestinians, which he said had undermined the two-state solution to the Middle East conflict.
"With all of these decisions, this administration has reneged on all previous US commitments, and has undermined the two-state solution," Abbas said in his address to the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.
"I renew my call to President Trump to rescind his decisions and decrees regarding Jerusalem, refugees and settlements."
President Abbas slammed the recent Israeli law which defined Israel as nation-state of the Jewish people as racist.
“Israel adopted a racist law that crossed all the red lines and called it a “Nation-State Law of the Jewish People. This law denies the connection of the Palestinian people to their historic homeland and dismisses their right to to self-determination and their history and heritage, as well as the UN resolutions relevant to the Palestine question and the agreements concluded w/ith Israel.This law will inevitably lead to the creation of one racist State," Abbas said as quoted by the official Twitter account of the State of Palestine.
“This law denies the connection of the Palestinian people to their historic homeland and dismisses their right to self-determination and their history and heritage, as well as the UN resolutions relevant to the Palestine question & the agreements concluded w/ Israel. This law will inevitably lead to the creation of one racist State.”
The Palestinian president also said that this law “will inevitably lead to the creation of one racist State, an Apartheid state, and nullifies the two-State solution.”
Abbas confirmed that “peace in our region cannot be realized without an independent Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital, & not some place in East Jerusalem as it’s capital, and with all of its holy sites. There is no peace otherwise.”
He asked the international community if “Is it acceptable that Israel remains a state above the law? Why does the Security Council not uphold its duties to compel Israel to abide by international law and to bring an end to its occupation of the State of Palestine”.
Abbas strongly defended the right of the Palestinian people to live in their own country.
“We are not a people that can be excluded on this earth; we are an indigenous people and our roots are deep across five thousand years. We insist on fairness towards us and the implementation of your resolutions.”
He referred to the concluded agreements with Israel saying, “they have abrogated all of them. Either Israel abides by these agreements, or else we will renege in them. Israel will bear the responsibility and consequences of this”
Abbas urge the General Assembly to ensure support to UNRWA as a matter of international responsibility.
“UNRWA was established by a UN resolution in 1949 and was mandated to provide assistance to the Palestine refugees,“ he reminded the UNGA.