Bennett to meet UAE and Bahrain foreign ministers ahead of UN speech – .

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Bennett to meet UAE and Bahrain foreign ministers ahead of UN speech – .


Prime Minister Naftali Bennett plans to hold his first meeting with senior ministers of the countries signatory to the Abrahamic Accords, during his three-day visit to New York, where he will address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA ).

Bennett is due to land in the United States early Sunday morning and will meet with Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani and United Arab Emirates Minister of State at Foreign Office Khalifa Shaheen Almarar that evening. These follow on from meetings he has already held with King Abdullah of Jordan and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

The Prime Minister is also expected to meet with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield. He will also speak at an event organized by the Jewish Federations of North America, at which leaders of other Jewish diaspora organizations are expected to be in attendance.

However, the focal point of his trip is expected to be his very first speech at the opening session of the 76th United Nations debate scheduled for Monday.

Bennett only took office in June, so UNGA offers him the opportunity to introduce himself to the international community.

Bennett plans to speak out against the hypocrisy and double standards to which Israel is held in international forums such as the UN, which passes more resolutions against Israel than any other country.

Iran will also play a key role in Bennett’s speech, but it does not intend to go public with the findings of the Israeli intelligence services as Netanyahu did. Rather, he will say that Israel will do whatever it takes to prevent the Ayatollah regime from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Bennett’s speech to the UN is due to take place at 9 a.m. in New York and 4 p.m. in Israel, before the Sim’hat Torah holiday begins on Monday evening. He will only be in the United States for one day of vacation because he is Israeli; Jews in the Diaspora observe two days.

He will step onto the podium at the end of the UNGA event which opened on Tuesday. A number of Arab leaders who addressed the forum referred to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including Sisi in Egypt and King Abdullah of Jordan, who said the status quo was dangerous and should not be maintained.

Most of the speakers at the event paid little attention to the conflict. Bennett, who rejected a two-state solution and said he would not meet with Abbas, should not focus on any peace initiative either. US President Joe Biden told the UNGA on Tuesday that Israelis and Palestinians were “far” from a two-state solution.

The United Nations General Assembly sign outside the United Nations building in New York (credit: TAMAR BEERI)

At the UNGA on Friday, however, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas attempted to push forward a peace process.

He issued a one-year ultimatum to Israel to withdraw to the pre-1967 lines or risk the PA revoking its recognition of Israel on those lines.

“Israel, the occupying Power, has one year to withdraw from the Palestinian territory it occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem,” Abbas said.

“If this is not achieved, why maintain recognition of Israel on the basis of the 1967 borders? Abbas asked.

He warned that the PA could move from a battle to a return to pre-1967 lines and instead focus on a demand for borders based on UN resolution 181 of 1947, which had reserved land for an Arab state which included the eastern territory within the Green Line and is internationally accepted as part of Israel’s sovereign borders. Known as the Partial Plan, it was accepted by Jewish leaders but rejected by Arab nations, who then launched an attack on the nascent Jewish state in what the Israelis call the 1948 War of Independence.

Israel’s internationally recognized territory is based on that war’s ceasefire lines, which extend beyond what was offered under Resolution 181.

In referring this story to the UNGA, Abbas ignored the initial Arab rejection of Resolution 181. “We remind everyone that Israel has seized by military force half of the land dedicated to the State of Palestine in 1948, ”Abbas said.

He called for a year-long peace process with Israel to work out the details of the withdrawal and a final status agreement based on the 1967 lines.

“We are ready to work throughout this year on the demarcation of borders and the resolution of all final status issues under the auspices of the International Quartet and in accordance with United Nations resolutions. “

As a first step in this direction, he called on the UN to convene a peace based conference, held under the sole auspices of the Quartet which is made up of the UN, the European Union, the United States and Russia. .

In addition to pushing for a two-state solution based on the borders of Resolution 181, Abbas said the PA after a year would also apply to the International Court of Justice and asked it to issue a notice stating that the Israeli occupation was illegal under international law.

It is a move, he said, that could threaten the foundations of the Israeli state. “Colonialism and apartheid are prohibited by international law and these are crimes that must be fought and a regime that must be dismantled,” Abbas said.

Furthermore, Abbas called on Guterres to develop a mechanism by which the Palestinians would benefit from international protection against Israel and to “activate this mechanism at the borders of the State of Palestine occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem”.

He called on nations that have not yet done so to unilaterally recognize Palestine as a state.

“I wonder what prevents countries that recognize Israel from recognizing the State of Palestine since they support the two-state solution?

“It is a moment of truth with the occupying power. We are at the crossroads. We have had enough. This situation cannot continue and our people cannot take it any longer, ”Abbas said.

“You cannot claim peace and security for yourself alone. Leave us alone, ”exclaimed Abbas.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz in an interview on Channel 13 on Saturday did not appear shaken by Abbas’s ultimatum, noting that ultimately Israelis and Palestinians must work together. Gantz, who met Abbas, said he would speak to him in the future as well.

Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, reacted strongly.

“In his speech at the UN, Abu Mazen proved once again that it is no longer relevant. It is no coincidence that 80% of Palestinians want him to leave his post, ”Erdan said.

“He once offered to sue the UK for the Balfour Declaration. Today, he wants to return to the UN partition plan. But most importantly, he lied about the Palestinians’ refusal to make peace.

“Those who truly support peace and negotiations do not threaten delusional ultimatums from the UN platform like he did in his speech,” Erdan said.

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