Mahmoud Abbas’ Speech at the United Nations + Transcript Sept. 23, 2011

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MrPro194 on Sep 23, 2011

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 66th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York

Abbas on Friday handed over a historic request to UN chief Ban Ki-moon asking the United Nations to admit the state of Palestine as a full member.

This is the first part of his speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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Peace talks pushed past US elections

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Talks between Israel and PA postponed past US midterm elections despite alleged US concessions.

While on a North America tour promote his new book, The Punishment of Gaza renowned Israeli journalist Gideon Levy spoke in Canada. The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky caught up with him in Toronto to ask him about the expiration of the so-called settlement construction freeze, or moratorium, and the lull in the peace talks between Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas. According to David Makovsky of the Washington Institute on Near East Policy, Obama sent Netanyahu a letter offering him major concessions if the Israeli prime minister extends the settlement construction freeze past the U.S. midterm elections. One concessions Obama supposedly offered Netanyahu is the long-term stay of Israeli troops on the soil of the future Palestinian state in the Jordan Valley, a region central in the fight for water and land. However, both Netanyahu and Abbas refused to take a position, passing the ball into the court of the Arab League which in turn postponed taking a position until after the U.S. elections.

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Obama makes Abbas & Bibi an offer they can’t refuse by Michael Carmichael

by Michael Carmichael
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September 5, 2010

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President Obama is making the Israelis and the Palestinians an offer they can’t refuse.

Reports in Israel suggest that Prime Minister Netanyahu will appeal for national unity tomorrow in a Rosh Hashanah statement on the Jewish New Year to prepare the way for a historic agreement that will be announced later this month or early in October.

The direct peace negotiations between the leading  diplomats will take place in syncopation with the onrush of the Jewish holidays:  Aseret Yemei Teshuva; Yom Kippur; Sukkot; Hoshanah Rabbah; Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah ending on the first of October.

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Supporting Obama By Timothy V. Gatto

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By Timothy V. Gatto
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June 10, 2010

Maybe he is a dollar short and a day late, but at least Obama is addressing the problems in Gaza instead of burying his head in the sand like every American President except Carter. His new found temerity in the face of Israeli influence in American politics may just be for show to placate those who are rightfully outraged over Israel’s wanton barbarism against the flotilla bringing relief supplies to Gaza, but even so, he is taking a risk. The Israeli zealots in Congress from both parties will castigate him for even suggesting that the treatment of Gaza is something that needs to be reviewed.

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Fatah warns of intifada against Mahmoud Abbas

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29 December 2009

1) Fatah warns of intifada against Mahmoud Abbas (28 December 2009)
2) Abbas: As long as I’m in office, I will not allow a new Intifada (22 December 2009)


excerpts from: Fatah warns of intifada against PA

by Khaled Abu Thoameh, Jerusalem Post, 28 December 2009

The killing of the three Fatah operatives in Nablus by the IDF [Israeli Defense Forces] over the weekend could trigger a third intifada, Fatah officials warned on Sunday. But the new intifada, they said, would be different from the first two – this time it would be directed against the Palestinian Authority [i.e. Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah administration in the West Bank].

During the funerals of the three men, all veteran members and leaders of Fatah’s armed wing, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades, thousands of Palestinians chanted slogans accusing the Palestinian Authority of collusion with Israel and calling for an end to security coordination with Israel and the dismantling of the Palestinian Authority. […] It was, in the words of a local journalist, “one of the biggest anti-Palestinian Authority demonstrations” in many years.


excerpt from: Transcript: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

by Charles Levinson, Wall Street Journal, 22 December 2009

“I will not allow a new intifada. As long as I’m in office, I will not allow anybody to start a new intifada. Never never.”

[Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, interwiew with the Wall Street Journal, 20 December 2009]


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IDF praises PA security performance

by Yaakov Katz, Jerusalem Post, 27 December 2009