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Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas gave Israel a year to withdraw from the occupied territory on Friday when he said he would no longer recognize the Jewish state based on pre-1967 borders.
In a virtual address to the United Nations General Assembly, Abbas called on Secretary General Antonio Guterres to “convene an international peace conference”.
But alongside this request, he also issued an ultimatum.
“We must declare that Israel, the occupying Power, has one year to withdraw from the Palestinian territory it occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem,” he said.
Abbas added that the Palestinians were ready “to work throughout the year” to resolve the final status of the states of Israel and Palestine “in accordance with United Nations resolutions”.
But “if this is not achieved, why maintain recognition of Israel on the basis of the 1967 borders?” he said.
Abbas added that the Palestinians would also go to the International Court of Justice “on the question of the legality of the occupation of the land of the Palestinian state”.
The peace process to achieve a two-state solution in the Middle East has been deadlocked for years.
Israel immediately dismissed the Palestinian leader’s demands.
Abbas “has proven once again that it is no longer relevant,” said Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan.
“Those who really support peace and negotiations do not threaten delusional ultimatums from the UN platform as he did in his speech,” he added.
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