If there was a great divide between the positions of Israel and the Palestinians before yesterday's meeting of the UN Security Council, it's now grown to the size of the Grand Canyon.
Abbas spoke during a political climate that saw tensions reach a boiling point after the United States' recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last December.
Israel considers all of Jerusalem to be its capital.
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Speaking to the Hamas-run Al-Aqsa radio station, Osama Hamdan, the Hamas official responsible for global relations, also said that Mohamed Dahlan - a controversial Palestinian politician - "was not and will never be" Hamas' choice to succeed Mahmoud Abbas as Palestinian president. He warned Palestine that if it wanted to receive aid from the USA, then it should return to peace talks with the US.
For her part, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, used her platform to dismiss the UN body, saying it spends a "disproportionate amount of time" discussing the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
The protest was carried out by a group of activists who raised the Palestinian flag and held banners saying "the USA is part of the problem, not the solution" in light of USA president Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, a position backed by most of the global community but Israel considers the entire city, including the eastern sector, to be its undivided capital.
Without integrating the leaders of the Arab states he just met in Riyadh into a new framework for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, President Trump is unlikely to achieve the peace he seeks.
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Abbas presented the Palestinians "peace plan" to the council.
"These are the worst prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians for years", he said, adding that he didn't think that Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's Prime Minister, "has any intention" of making progress towards the goal, the thrust of global efforts for decades, of the creation of a separate state for the Palestinians alongside Israel.
"To solve the Palestine question, it is essential to establish a multilateral global mechanism emanating from an worldwide conference", Abbas said.
The Israeli army frequently carries out sweeping arrest campaigns across the occupied West Bank under the pretext of searching for "wanted" Palestinians.
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Speaking at the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday for the first time since 2009, the 82-year-old delivered a speech that included the same previous rhetoric of rejecting violence and accepting negotiations with Israel as the only way forward. He rejects the 1967 frontier as a baseline for border talks, has expanded settlements which the United Nations call illegal, and rules out a partition of Jerusalem.