Palestinian President Accuses US of Supporting Israeli Occupation After UN Veto

Palestinian leader Abbas condemns US veto of UN membership, warns of regional instability; US-Palestinian ties deteriorate as Abbas vows to pursue independent agenda.

Muthana Al-Najjar
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Palestinian President Accuses US of Supporting Israeli Occupation After UN Veto

Palestinian President Accuses US of Supporting Israeli Occupation After UN Veto

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has stated that the Palestinian Authority will reevaluate its relationship with the United States after Washington vetoed Palestine's request for full United Nations membership earlier this week. Abbas condemned the US veto as "unfair, unethical, and unjustified," accusing the US of supporting Israel's occupation and providing weapons that kill Palestinian children.

In a sharp rebuke of the US stance, Abbas said the US has "violated all international laws and abandoned all promises regarding the two-state solution and achieving peace in the region." He criticized the Biden administration for providing Israel with weapons and funds that "kill Palestinian children and destroy their homes," and for standing against Palestine in international forums.

The Palestinian leader emphasized that the world agrees on the application of international law and stands by the Palestinian right, but the US continues to support the occupation. Abbas warned that the US position has generated unprecedented anger" among the Palestinian people and the region's populations, potentially pushing the region towards further instability, chaos and terrorism.

Why this matters: The US veto of Palestine's UN membership bid and the subsequent strong reaction from the Palestinian leadership highlight the ongoing tensions and challenges in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The deterioration of US-Palestinian relations could have significant implications for regional stability and the prospects for a peaceful resolution.

Abbas announced that the Palestinian leadership will develop a new strategy to protect Palestinian national decisions independently and follow a Palestinian agenda rather than an American vision or regional agendas. The US envoy to the UN defended the veto, arguing that the resolution would not have brought the two-state solution closer to realization, as the Palestinian Authority does not control a significant portion of what is supposed to be their state, which is controlled by the terrorist organization Hamas.

The Palestinian Ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour, warned that delaying UN membership would give Israel more time to annex Palestinian land and evict the Palestinian people. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken maintained that the Biden administration remains committed to a two-state solution but believes it should be achieved through a diplomatic peace process, not unilateral actions.

Abbas stressed that a just solution to the Palestinian issue is necessary for stability in the Middle East and that Jerusalem is a "red line" that no one can cross. He emphasized that the Palestinian cause is "unbreakable" and that the sacrifices and resilience of the Palestinian people will "thwart all policies supported by America." The ongoing violence in the West Bank and Gaza, with recent Israeli raids and airstrikes resulting in Palestinian casualties, has further overshadowed the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Key Takeaways

  • Abbas says PA will reevaluate ties with US after UN membership veto.
  • Abbas condemns US for supporting Israel's occupation and killing Palestinian children.
  • US veto of Palestine's UN bid risks further regional instability and conflict.
  • Abbas vows to develop new strategy to protect Palestinian interests independently.
  • Ongoing violence in West Bank and Gaza overshadows Israel-Palestine conflict.