Netanyahu livid as Olmert meets Abbas, urges direct peace talks with PA

Netanyahu livid as Olmert meets Abbas, urges direct peace talks with PA

"I would like to say to Mr. Donald Trump that his plan can not achieve peace and security as it cancels worldwide legitimacy", Abbas told the Security Council. He is opposed to terror. But he strongly disagreed with Danon about Abbas, saying the USA plan aims to make peace between Israel and the Palestinians and the Palestinian leader is "the only partner we can deal with".

As Abbas made his case some 7,000 Palestinians were led in demonstrations against the United States plan on Tuesday in central Ramallah by prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh.

Indonesia, together with a majority of the United Nations Security Council members, rejected the United States' recently announced Middle East peace plan during a council debate on Tuesday but has backed down from proposing a vote for a resolution condemning the proposal.

"Today is the time to hear proposals on how to move the process forward", said Nickolay Mladenov, "and to find our way back to a mutually agreed mediation framework that ensures meaningful negotiations can restart".

Diana Buttu, who negotiated for the Palestinians in the 2000s, warned that Abbas had blundered as the veto-wielding United States remained too powerful a player in the Quartet and the UN systems to easily bypass.

And though they disagree on how to handle the USA plan, he said Abbas is "a man of peace".

The plan, released by the White House on 28 January, has been rejected by the Palestinians as blatantly pro-Israeli, which makes it unlikely they could join the negotiation table any time soon.

The plan, which was drafted without consulting the Palestinians, dictates strict conditions for them to follow, including a requirement that the future Palestinian state be demilitarized.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas during the state funeral of late president Shimon Peres, held at Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem on September 30, 2016.

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"The Security Council can not afford to be seen as a spectator in the maintenance of global peace and security, particularly in securing the independence of Palestine", he said in the session broadcasted on the United Nations website.

"This plan, or any part in this plan, should not be considered as an global reference for negotiations", Abbas said of the USA proposal.

"Let's not beat around the bush: progress toward peace will not be made as long as President Abbas remains in his position; this is the reality", Danon said. He called for an global conference that would revive the dormant Middle East Quartet comprising the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations.

The Palestinians seek all of the West Bank and East Jerusalem - areas captured by Israel in a 1967 war - for an independent state and the removal of numerous estimated 700,000 Israeli settlers who built homes on those areas.

The poll by the well-regarded Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research was published as thousands of Palestinians rallied in the West Bank and Gaza to reject the Trump plan and express support for President Mahmoud Abbas in his efforts to gain backing at the U.N. Security Council for a resolution opposing it.

Abbas rejected that proposal, claiming that Olmert refused to give him a copy of the plan's map to study. "I am prepared to stay here in the headquarters of worldwide legitimacy to begin these negotiations immediately", he said.

Addressing members of the UN Security Council, Abbas dismissed the proposal as a gift to Israel, saying it was unacceptable to the Palestinian people. "We thank President Trump and his team for their dedication to the cause of peace", Danon concluded.

The second geopolitical development enabling the U.S. to offer this kind of deal is related to the first - as Israel has solidified itself into a genuine Middle East power, it has also become a much more attractive partner for other Arab nations to want to work with.

"There is no Palestinian leadership that is more pragmatic, more moderate more dovish than Abbas", he said.

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