Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on October 8, 2014 in the West Bank City of Ramallah. Clashes broke out as Palestinians protested against Jews visiting the flashpoint holy site on the eve of the week-long holiday for Sukkot, or Feast of Tabernacles, Israeli police said. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas criticised the Israeli government over its response to a range of peace initiatives, at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, on Wednesday.

“We recognized the state of Israel on the 1967 borders. But Israel’s continuous refusal to recognise these borders has put into question the mutual recognition we signed in Oslo in 1993,” said Abbas.

“There was also the 2003 Quartet Roadmap for peace, endorsed by the United Nations Security Council and accepted by the Palestinian side. It too was rejected by the Israeli Government,” he added.

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W/S President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas approaching podium

SOT, Mahmoud Abbas, President of Palestine (Arabic): “We recognized the state of Israel on the 1967 borders. But Israel’s continuous refusal to recognise these borders has put into question the mutual recognition we signed in Oslo in 1993.”

W/S Attendees *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Mahmoud Abbas, President of Palestine (Arabic): “We have explored every avenue and exerted far-reaching efforts to achieve peace with our Israeli neighbors, and together, with the Arab and Islamic states, have adopted an invaluable initiative — the Arab Peace Initiative — aimed at resolving the Palestinian and Arab-Israeli conflict. According to this initiative, upon Israel’s withdrawal from the Palestinian and Arab territories occupied in 1967, the Arab and Islamic States would recognise Israel and normalise relations with it. What was the Israeli response to this initiative? There was also the 2003 Quartet Roadmap for peace, endorsed by the United Nations Security Council and accepted by the Palestinian side. It too was rejected by the Israeli Government.” *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

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SOT, Mahmoud Abbas, President of Palestine (Arabic): “We have warned in the past and continue to warn of Israeli policies aimed at entrenching the occupation and colonial facts on the ground in East Jerusalem. These policies stir religious animosity and may lead to a violent religious conflict. We have called on the Israeli Government to uphold the historic and legal status quo of the holy sites in the City. However, the Israeli Government, since its occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967, has repeatedly acted to consolidate its unilateral annexation of the City, a decision we rejected then and still reject today alongside the whole international community, including the Security Council. Al-Quds is an occupied city and Israel’s decisions and practices there are null and void and illegal in their entirety.”

Source: Ruptly

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