Middle East Never Be Peaceful Until Palestine Gets Full Rights
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“Those who think that peace can prevail in the Middle East without the people of Palestine enjoying their full, legitimate national rights would be mistaken,” President Abbas said the UN’s annual gathering on Thursday.
President Abbas made a new appeal to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to call an international conference on creating a Palestinian state.
"A UN conference may be the last opportunity to salvage the two-state solution and to prevent the situation from deteriorating more seriously and threatening the security and stability of our region and the entire world," the President said.
Abbas’s address came as the United States appeared to make progress in brokering a normalisation deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia.
The United States, historically the peace broker between the two sides, has all but given up on serious negotiations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s hard-right government, which has pushed forward with illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli-Saudi normalisation would dramatically redraw the Middle East by formally bringing together two major US partners and longtime adversaries.
Netanyahu met the United States President Joe Biden on Wednesday on the sidelines of the annual General Assembly in New York, and on the same day, an interview was aired with Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in which he said that the process of normalisation was getting “closer”.
The normalisation talks are the centrepiece of complex negotiations that also include discussions of US security guarantees and civilian nuclear help that Riyadh has sought, as well as possible Israeli concessions to the Palestinians.