Hariri: Abbas’ Speech Uncovered Israel’s Intentions to Reject Peace
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri praised on Saturday Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the United Nations where he demanded that Palestine be admitted as a full member state at the international organization.
He said in a statement: “The speech revealed Israel’s hostile plans and its hidden intentions to reject all efforts to achieve peace.”
“It also reflected the Palestinian Authority’s openness to these efforts and its insistence on maintaining the peaceful course,” he added.
Meanwhile, Hariri noted that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the U.N. “is an effort to evade the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights and reject the will of the international community.”
The former prime minister called on the Arab world to demonstrate solidarity with the Palestinians in order to allow the Palestinian Authority to achieve its mission to establish an independent state.
“Palestinian national unity is the cornerstone for any confrontation of the Israeli dangers,” he concluded.
Abbas made history in his people's long quest for statehood as he formally asked the U.N. on Friday to admit Palestine as a full member state.
Snubbing fierce opposition from Israel and its regional ally the United States, Abbas handed a formal application to U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon buoyed by more than 120 nations which have already recognized a Palestinian state.
He won huge applause and a partial standing ovation as he later stepped up to address the U.N. General Assembly and vowed the Palestinians were ready to return to peace talks if Israeli settlement activities cease.
Waving a copy of the request, Abbas said he had submitted an "application for the admission of Palestine on the basis of the June 4, 1967 borders" with Jerusalem as its capital.