Jerusalem, September 23
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas mentioned Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s name for a two-state resolution was a “positive development” however mentioned the proof could be a right away return to negotiations.
“The true test of the credibility and seriousness of this stance is for the Israeli government to return to the negotiation table immediately,” he advised the U.N. General Assembly, in a speech that largely lambasted Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.
Israel captured East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza – areas that Palestinians look for an impartial state – within the 1967 Middle East warfare. U.S.-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in 2014.
Efforts to attain a two-state deal, which entails an Israeli and Palestinian state present aspect by aspect, have lengthy been stalled.
Palestinians and rights teams say Israel has entrenched its management of the occupied Palestinian territories by way of its army rule over hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and chronic settlement development.
Lapid’s point out of a two-state components was the primary by an Israeli chief on the United Nations stage in years and echoed U.S. President Joe Biden’s assist in Israel in August for the long-dormant proposal.
Lapid spoke lower than six weeks earlier than a Nov. 1 election that might return to energy the right-wing former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a longstanding opponent of the two-state resolution. Reuters