Development: Palestine calls on Israel for immediate resumption of negotiations – After Lapid’s historic speech

Development: Palestine calls on Israel for immediate resumption of negotiations – After Lapid’s historic speech
Development: Palestine calls on Israel for immediate resumption of negotiations – After Lapid’s historic speech

The developments on the front of the Israel-Palestine conflict are important, after Yair Lapid’s call on Thursday for a “two-state solution”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday that Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s call for a two-state solution was a positive development, but stressed that the proof would be a return to negotiations.

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“The real test of the credibility and seriousness of this stance is for the Israeli government to immediately return to the negotiating table,” he told the UN General Assembly, in a speech condemning Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

Talks between Israel and Palestine have been stalled since 2014

Israel captured East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza in the 1967 Middle East war. US-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in 2014.

Efforts to reach a “two-state” deal, which includes the peaceful coexistence of Israeli and Palestinian states, have long stalled.

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“Our confidence in achieving peace based on justice and international law is, unfortunately, diminishing because of Israel’s occupation policies,” Abbas said, calling Israel an “apartheid regime.”

Palestinians and rights groups say Israel has consolidated its control over the occupied Palestinian territories through its military rule over millions of Palestinians and persistent settlement construction. Some question whether the “two-state” solution remains feasible.

“Israel has left us no piece of land on which we can establish our independent state because of its rampant settlement expansion. Where will our people live with freedom and dignity?” Abbas said.

Controversial role of the West in reaching an agreement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Most countries consider Israel’s settlements in the West Bank illegal, with the country’s authorities contesting this claim, describing the area as a “biblical privilege” and a “defensive bastion”.

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Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Hiland Erdan, said in a tweet on Friday that it was the Palestinians who had rejected peace plans in the past.

Lapid’s mention of a two-state formula was the first by an Israeli leader on the UN stage in years and echoed US President Joe Biden’s recent support for Israel on the long-dormant proposal.

Yair Lapid spoke less than six weeks before Israel’s Nov. 1 election, which could return right-wing former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has long opposed a Palestinian state, to power.

Mahmoud Abbas said that while Western governments supported the two-state solution, they actually blocked its implementation by failing to recognize Palestine as a state, thus removing responsibility from Israel.

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Finally, he asked the United Nations to recognize statehood for Palestine and draw up a plan to end Israel’s occupation.

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