Abbas, in rare United Nations speech, calls for Mideast peace conference

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"There is no way for Palestinians and Israelis to sit for peace talks because the negotiations are prejudged by [the Trump's administration's] extreme fascist right-wing support to Israel and animosity against Palestinians", he said, adding there is "nobody" that can fill the role of an honest broker.

France's U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said his government received Abbas' proposal with interest and will study his call for an worldwide conference, but USA participation in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process "is indispensable".

"When you speak before worldwide forums, you speak of peace", said Danon, adding that "when you speak to your people in Arabic, you convey a different message".

The PA has been under pressure in the aftermath of the USA decision to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, after facing criticism from Palestinians and rival factions such as Hamas for engaging in negotiations with Israel during the past 25 years.

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The Palestinian leader immediately left the council chamber following his address, leading Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon to complain that Abbas was "running away" from dialogue.

"Otherwise, she said, "you can chose to put aside your anger" and move forward with political talks that offers the best chance of improving the lives of Palestinians". "But here we go again", Haley said.

White House spokesman Josh Raffel said a peace plan would be presented "when it is done and the time is right".

The gathering should lead to full United Nations membership for the state of Palestine, mutual recognition of Israel and Palestine, and the creation of a new global mechanism to reach a final settlement, he said. But there have been no serious negotiations since gaps widened following the 2009 election of Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel's prime minister. It called the speech "old talking points and undeveloped concepts for each of the core issues".

Abbas accused Israel of "acting as a State above the law".

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Grant Rumley, a research fellow and expert on Palestinian politics at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told JNS that he believes this was a legacy speech for Abbas.

"But we will not chase after you", Haley said.

Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian negotiator, had said last month that Haley "needs to shut up and realize the Palestinian leadership is not the problem".

Palestinian security forces protected the Americans.

Nevertheless, Rumley believes that the worldwide community harbors no aspirations to take on the mantle of Middle East peace, and that the role of the United States will remain in place.

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