February 20, 2024

Palestinian president says Gaza warfare should finish, convention wanted to succeed in settlement

RAMALLAH: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday referred to as for a direct finish to the warfare in Gaza and a global peace convention to work out a long-lasting political answer resulting in the institution of a Palestinian state.

In an interview with Reuters at his workplace in Ramallah, Abbas, 87, stated the battle between Israel and the Palestinians normally had reached an alarming stage that requires a global convention and ensures by world powers.

In addition to Israel’s warfare with Hamas in Gaza, he stated Israeli forces have intensified their assaults in every single place within the occupied West Financial institution over the previous 12 months with settlers escalating violence in opposition to Palestinian cities.

He reiterated his longstanding place in favor of negotiation fairly than armed resistance to finish the longstanding occupation.

“I’m with peaceable resistance. I’m for negotiations primarily based on a global peace convention and underneath worldwide auspices that might result in an answer that will probably be protected by world powers to ascertain a sovereign Palestinian state within the Gaza Strip, the West Financial institution and East Jerusalem,” he stated.

Abbas was talking as Israel elevated its strikes on Gaza. In two months of warfare, it has killed greater than 17,000 individuals, wounded 46,000 and compelled the displacement of round 1.9 million individuals, over half of them now sheltering in areas in central Gaza or near the Egyptian border.

A senior US official stated the thought of a global convention had been mentioned amongst completely different companions however the proposal was nonetheless at a really preliminary stage.

“It’s one in every of many choices on the desk that we and others would think about with an open thoughts, however no choice has been made about that,” the official stated on situation of anonymity.

Israel launched its marketing campaign to annihilate the Hamas motion that guidelines Gaza after Hamas fighters went on a rampage via Israeli cities on Oct. 7, killing 1,200 individuals and seizing 240 hostages, based on Israeli tallies.

Abbas stated that primarily based on a binding worldwide settlement, he would revive the weakened Palestinian Authority, implement long-awaited reforms and maintain presidential and parliamentary elections, which have been suspended after Hamas gained in 2006 and later pushed the PA out of Gaza.

He stated the PA had abided by all of the peace offers signed with Israel because the 1993 Oslo Accord and the understandings that adopted through the years however that Israel had reneged on its pledges to finish the occupation.


Requested whether or not he would threat holding elections given the chance that Hamas might win because it did in 2006, he stated: “Whoever wins wins, these will probably be democratic elections.”

Abbas stated he had deliberate to carry elections in April 2021 however the European Union envoy instructed him earlier than the due date that Israel was objecting to voting in East Jerusalem so he was pressured to name it off.

He insisted that there wouldn’t be elections with out East Jerusalem, saying the PA held three rounds of elections prior to now that included East Jerusalem earlier than Israel imposed the ban.

Israel captured Arab East Jerusalem within the 1967 Center East warfare. It later annexed it, declaring the entire of town as its capital, a transfer not acknowledged internationally. Palestinians need East Jerusalem because the capital of their future state.

Abbas didn’t give a concrete imaginative and prescient of a post-war plan mentioned with US officers underneath which the PA would take over management of the strip, residence for two.3 million individuals. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that Israel wouldn’t settle for rule over Gaza by the Palestinian Authority because it stands.

“America tells us that it helps a two-state answer, that Israel shouldn’t be allowed to occupy Gaza, to maintain safety management of Gaza or to expropriate land from Gaza,” he stated in reference to a plan floated by Israel to ascertain a safety zone in Gaza after the warfare.

“America doesn’t drive Israel to implement what it says.”

He stated the PA was nonetheless current in Gaza as an establishment and nonetheless pays month-to-month salaries and bills estimated at $140 million for workers, pensioners and for needy households. The PA nonetheless has three ministers current in Gaza, he added.

“We’d like rehabilitation, we want huge assist to return to Gaza,” Abbas stated.

“Gaza right this moment shouldn’t be the Gaza that . Gaza was destroyed, its hospitals, its faculties, its infrastructure, its buildings, its roads and mosques have been destroyed. There’s nothing left. After we return we want assets, Gaza wants reconstruction.”

“America which totally helps Israel bears the accountability of what’s taking place within the enclave,” Abbas stated.

“It’s the solely energy that’s able to ordering Israel to cease the warfare and fulfil its obligations, however sadly it doesn’t. America is an confederate of Israel.”