Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the United Nations General Assembly on September 21, 2023, calling for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on pre-1967 borders and for full rights for Palestinians.
Abbas said that peace is only possible when Palestinians get full rights, including the right to self-determination and the right to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Abbas also criticized Israel for its continued settlement construction in the occupied West Bank and for its blockade of the Gaza Strip. He said that these actions are undermining the prospects for peace and are making it more difficult to achieve a two-state solution.
Abbas urged the international community to pressure Israel to end its occupation of the Palestinian territories and to respect Palestinian rights. He said that the international community has a responsibility to help the Palestinian people achieve their legitimate aspirations.
Abbas’s speech comes at a time when the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at a stalemate. The two sides have not held direct peace talks in several years, and there is little hope for a breakthrough in the near future.
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