tv Palestinian President Address to U.N. Security Council CSPAN February 21, 2018 5:03am-6:03am EST
more politically engaged citizens. posted by the sender for american progress and generation citizen, it is live at 10:00 a.m. eastern here on c-span. announcer: palestinian president mahmoud abbas spoke to the un security council in new york on tuesday. he called for international peace conference to be convened later in 2018 to address the israeli-palestinian conflict. he also criticized the trump administration's decision to move the american embassy in israel to jerusalem. u.s. ambassador to the u.n. nikki haley responded directly to the speech. this portion of the event is about an hour. >> i now give before to his excellency mahmoud abbas, president of the state of
palestine. . may the peace, mercy and blessings be upon you. since --have passed took place. six then, 6 million palestinian refugees continue to suffer from the cruelty of exile. the continue to wonder at loss of their stable lives in their homeland. they are part of the 13 million palestinian whose country has as a fullrecognized member in state of the united nations. -- we determining
their right. despite resolutions reaffirming the right to statehood on the national -- excellencies, we are the descendents of the canaanites that lived in the land of palestine 5000 years ago. we continuously remain there to this day. rooted.t people remain builtlestinian people their own people and homeland and made contributions.
libraries, newspapers, publishing houses, economic with wide,ns regional and international influence. all of this existed before and after, issued by the british -- 1917.t in 1970 team government bears responsibility for the catastrophic consequences inflicted on the palestinian people as a result of this declaration. our people remain and continue their journey.
our national institution is recognized by international organizations for their merit and worth. empowerment of women and youth in an environment of tolerance. moreover, we continue to strive to unite our people and land and to ensure one authority, one law. we are determined to convene elections. president, excellencies, our conviction is deep-rooted. our position is clear. call for thee
dismantlement of nuclear weapons, but conventional weapons that have caused destruction in our region and around the world. culture of peace. pursuit of development and building of schools, hospitals, industrial zones and technological production. as opposed to establishing weapons and better jets. we wish for our people to live , far from and dignity war and destruction. can buildof one tank a school. the price of one fighter jet can build a hospital that protects
people from all conventional and nonconventional. far from terrorism and extremism, which are being relentlessly combated in all areas. , we have become agreement. security 83 states around the world, , theding the united states russian federation and other european countries and other countries as well. agreements ishese one and only fighting terrorism. ladies and gentlemen, why are we here today? after a long journey and tremendous effort to create
-- based on negotiations, which could lead to conferences peace, as you are aware, we participated in the --ference in 1991 and signed in 1983. we were alone with the israelis. and the norwegians. friend theds a apparent of of reaching a beforen for all issues 1999. unfortunately, this is not become a reality. we should wonder why has this yet to be achieved? nevertheless, we persisted in our effort to reach peace. and caped in dialogue david.
engaged in dialogue with the former israeli prime minister for eight months. eight months. minister inprime the presence of former secretary of state hillary clinton and george mitchell. putin'sted president invitation to meet in moscow. we also engaged with former secretary of state john kerry. the israeli government in .ransition caused the failure after all of this, how can it be said that we failed negotiations. we have never refused any initation to participate negotiations. cannot say we rejected
negotiation. we believe that negotiations are the only path towards peace. negotiations?ect deadlock, with this we have neither given up. andelieve in the purposes of united nations. affirmed the right of self-determination. nobody has held israel accountable but it occupied our territory and 1948. self-determination of of the issues this council will address
tomorrow. in spite of all of that color the united nations have failed to commit its resolution until this very day. is this possible? is it logical that despite ,doption 705 general assembly 705 resolution from 1948 till this very day. another of them have been implemented. that are these resolutions they have adopted? no result whatsoever. that israell violates its obligations to
implement resolution 21 and 194? and 194?1 -- 181 and 194? he said that he was ready to implement. because of this commitment, israel was accepted at the united nations. these resolutions have yet to be implemented. and 194. israel is acting like a state above the law. it has transformed into a situation of colonization. territories in 1967. it was supposed to be temporary. it became permanent.
it occupied all the areas it will take, including jerusalem. how can this happen? door here,t shut the we must reaffirm that our problem is not with the followers of judaism. judaism is a monotheistic -- as is as our christianity. those denying our independence and freedom. they disregard our religion. we met with the president of the united states, mr. donald trump, four times in 2017.
absolutexpressed our readiness to reach a historic peace agreement. we repeatedly reaffirmed. this administration has not clarified its position. in a dangerous, precedented manner, this administration -- on president to manner -- to remove the issue of jerusalem. without any reason. it decided to recognize the city of israel and to transfer its embassy to the city of jerusalem. jerusalem is used
we discovered that congress believes we are terrorists. if the congress thinks we are terrorists, how is it visiting us and providing assistance? how? how do you help terrorists? recently, it has decided to punish the palestine refugees by way of reduction of contribution. despite the fact that it supported the industries and endorsed the peace initiative, which calls for a just and agreed solution for the plight of the refugees in accordance with resolution 194. the united states have contradicted itself. it has contradicted its own
commitment and violated international law. no country alone to install a regional or international conflict without the participation of other international. question, to solve the , it is essential to establish a multilateral international mechanism, innovating from an international conference and allied with international law. -- president council, the highest palestinian parliament body
decided several weeks ago that it is the relationship with review thet will relationship. we have become an authority without authority. the occupation has become one without cause. we are working. we are working for the occupation. we say that israel must uphold its obligation as an occupying power. we do not oppose the israel control its responsibility on the west bank because the situation is a bearable. -- unbearable. our commitment to maintain our institutions and cheeseman that we have realized on the ground,
in palestine. we are determined to remain committed. we have never rejected dialogue, never rejected. we will continue to extend our hands to make peace and we will continue to exert efforts to --give and to the israeli end to israeli occupancy. we will continue to oppose any attempt cover regardless by who come to impose solutions that
contradict. we have been granted the status observers --r nonmember observer state. we have become a state party to 105 international treaties and organizations. we have been recognized by 138. member states of the council that have not yet recognized the state. it is not a substitute for negotiation.
againstion does not go negotiation. it promotes negotiation. i called upon members who have yet to recognize the state of palestine. in the future, we will intensify our efforts for full membership into the united nations. to get into national protection, -- ill come the situation is the longer bearable. the year for it independent homeland, just like all other
people of the world. the urine for their state to take its rightful place in the community. .3 million palestinians you say that is not true, but we are. we are 13 million palestinians, whether we live in five palestine or other foreign countries. we come before you, ladies and gentlemen, in the midst of the deadlock. violation of the resolutions of the count soul and disrespect.
the desire to continue working positively and courageously. we have the courage to say yes and we have full cordage -- courage to say no. restoring hope to our people and the people of the region and to price a way out of this crisis. -- find our way out of this crisis we are in. this is a strategic choice for the state.
for the coming generations in our region. aboutore, i will tell you it. we called for the convening of an international peace conference by 2018, based on an international law. including the concerned parties and the regional and international stakeholders how members ofong them the security council and international, as was the framework for the conference to be convened in moscow as per resolution 1850. he called for the competing of an international peace conference. it was attended by 74 states. the outcome should be as
follows. one, acceptance of the state of palestine as a full member of the united nation. this is what we deserve. don't you think we deserve to be a full member? why not? we called the security council to achieve that. we will come to you, taking into 67ount assembly resolution of november 2012. --supported our non-observer our observer membership. and guaranteeing protection for in the lines of 1967.
according to the records, refugees, watcher and prisoners are to be resolved to an agreement by both parties. conduct those negotiations on the basis of the international law and relevant to negotiations. thisguarantees for negotiation. negotiations are to be defined as framework. the agreement must be implemented. this is the only way to solve this. the period of negotiations, all parties must refrain from the unilateral action.
as set forth in article 31 of the accords of 1996. the accords stipulate that all parties must refrain from unilateral action. settlement, foremost must be activities and territory occupied since 1967, including east jerusalem and suspension of the decision regarding jerusalem and holding transfer of the u.s. embassy to jerusalem. court negotiation -- thwarts negotiations.
at the same time, the state of palestine will refrain from asther joining organizations we have previously committed ourselves to, namely 22 organizations out of 500 organizations and treaties. we have committed and we can tell you to be committed. although, the administration did not fulfill its commitment. the implementation of the initiative as adopted. from a to z and not the to a. z to a.
this was affirmed by the initiative and all arab and muslim that have adopted the initiatives. is cemented,iative when the state of palestine is recognized in line with the borders of 1967 and the problem they will be ready to recognize the state of israel. this was stipulated in the agreement as promised. for anyirm the terms upcoming negotiations. they are as follows. respect for international law. we are a state, but we are not
recognized yet as a state. affirm respect for international law and relevant solutions. all of these resolutions must be respected, including security council resolution. the preservation of the principal, the state of with jerusalem as its capital, living side-by-side with the state of israel in and reductionrity of partial solutions. let's be clear here. let's be serious.
for acceptance with the agreement between the two parties. capital oflem as the palestine. ensuring the security without undermining the independence and sovereignty of either. is key.nty preserved by occupation. or by violence. we are ready to find solutions. to protect the borders, six agreed solutions for the palestine refugees on the basis of resolution 194, in accordance
with the peace initiative. a continuation of the international commitment and report. -- support. . million refugees who will take care of them? if you stop your assistance to these 6 million refugees, who are educated. , itou stop your assistance is either that or you continue crisisort them until the ends. we are ready to undertake the longest journey to the farthest places in the world in order to acquire this. we will not move one finger if someone wants us to forsake these rights.
undertake theo longest journey. i am ready to take the longest journey, even though i hate walking. everyone knows that. present any agreement for ad with israel general referendum among our people, respecting democracy and reinforcing legitimacy. we believe we are a democratic country. generalhave a referendum. mr. president, we have not done your door today. you comprise the highest international body entrusted with national peace and security. you are the highest international authority. we have presented our vision for peace. hopefully, it will be received with was a and just -- wisdom
and justice. we are prepared to begin negotiations immediately in order to achieve the freedom and independence of our family -- our nation. so that future generations can enjoy peace. them, our wounded and prisoners. this security council is the highest and t to which the people of the world seek sanctuary and protection. after this council, we rest our issues to the almighty. day. judgment if justice for our people cannot be attained here, where should we go?
unfortunately, he is once again running away. look what just happened in this room. he came in, put his demands on the table and he left and is expecting you to deliver the results. it is not going to work that way. the only way to move forward is to have direct negotiations between israel and palestine. president, it is unfortunate that we are meeting here today for the past seven and a half years. refused tonians have me even once with prime minister . they have refused to negotiate peace. during that same time, he has
made 73 appeals to the united nations. than, once again, rather jerusalem,minutes to he has chosen to fly 12 hours to avoid the possibility of peace. you have made it clear with your words and with your actions that you are no longer part of the solution. you are the problem. what have you done for the life of a single person? investing in education, not glorifying violence. they need leadership that will build hospitals, not pay terrorists. they need leadership that will
negotiate with israel. saint west and not run away from dialogue. and not run away from dialogue. you just addressed the members of the security council. he spoke of the commitment to peace. when you address your people in arabic, you convey a very different message. ago, when he spoke to the central committee, he called the national movement of the jewish people "a colonialist project that has no connection to judaism." he had the audacity to accuse jews of supporting anti-semitism
in order to promote zionism. this is not the first time he used such hateful language. in september 2016, as part of his attempt to delegitimize the connection between the jewish people and the land of israel, rightd "the jews had no to the amount and other holy sites and the jews desecrate ."em with their filthy feet he went on to inside his people to violence saying "we welcome every drop of blood spilled in jerusalem." hate within palestinian society.
you encourage your children to them that jewsg are descendents of -- your faction creates the -- and he who killed remained silent and refused to condemn the terrorist who killed a father of six as he was riding home to see his children. your incitement does not end with rhetoric. he made official policies to sponsor terrorism. million,you spent $345 paying terrorists for killing innocent israelis. total donated. if you percent of your money.
this is money you could have spent building 40 hospitals. this is money you could have build 172 schools. every year. world,vel around the seeking international intervention in an attempt to avoid the choice necessary for peace. he look to every possible fold, but you do not want to actually negotiate with israel. president, it is unfortunate, but it is reckless behavior and it is nothing new. continued in a spirit of over 70 years of missed opportunities by palestinian leadership. we recently celebrated sunday of a -- 70 years resolution for the jewish
people. it is recognition of our historic right. we accepted the resolution immediately. .t was not perfect it did not provide us with all that we deserve, but it gave us hope for a better future. november, israel celebrated this milestone and the palestinian marked this anniversary with grief and mourning. , just as they did 70 years ago when they -- just as they did 70 years ago they chose to reject it. in 1947, israelis fought valiantly against our enemies to destroy our country. emerged in egypt and jordan. leaders who were willing to
negotiate, compromise and ultimately signed peace agreements with israel. the palestinian leadership continues to choose conflict. , primecamp david summit minister perl -- the prime minister made an offer. the claim it was a trap and reject the proposal. toin 2005, he was elected chair. would followed he in the courageous footsteps of the other president, seek peace with israel and forging better future. he let his people down. , peace he took office
plan after peace plan had been accepted by israel and rejected by him. -- threeeaders different israeli prime minister is, three different american theydents, but every time move in inch towards progress, he moves away. 2007, we offer the most , 181.us deal . direct link we offer even included a plan to , our the city of jerusalem .oliest site his response was simple. an unequivocal no.
minister later, prime did something unprecedented. in an attempt for negotiations, -- this was a precondition that no israeli prime minister had ever agreed to. and enough, 10 months past he was nowhere to be found. he never came to the table. 2013, secretary of state john kerry opened another attempt at negotiations. once again, the prime minister was ready to talk and negotiation. he responded by breaking his commitment to secretary kerry. he chose unilateral action, joining international convention. peace with the
international recognized -- nization without as we speak, the current u.s. administration is once again working very hard to make progress toward peace. looking for ann excuse. this time, he claims it was the american announcement about jerusalem that drove him to reject negotiations. by recognizing jerusalem as israel's, he simply stated what is clear to everyone. let me be clear. thousands of years, jerusalem has been the house and soul of our people. through storm has been our capital since the day of king david. jerusalem will remain the
undivided capital of the state of israel forever. always insist on israeli sovereignty of a united jerusalem. fair-minded observers would agree that under any possible agreement, jerusalem would be recognized internationally as our capital. after all these years of a bbas'rejectionism, one thing is very clear -- when we extend a fist.abbas extends a only when hamas extends a hand extend an arm and embraced them.
he does not even demand the return of israeli soldiers that hamas is savagely holding. are ansident, israelis optimistic people. we waged a full, bloody war with egypt. it took decades of talks with jordan until the time was right for king hussein to enter into what he rightly called a feat of the brave. three times a day, jews and israel and all over the world turn to jerusalem and pray for peace. god --the following from
[speaking foreign language] we ask peace everywhere, goodness and blessings. great, loving kindness and mercy to us and unto all israel and all of the world. we have no doubt that the day will come when the palestinian people will also be blessed with leadership that shares these noble aspirations. this will be a leadership that condemns violence and ends the shameful bio -- the shameful practice of paying salaries to terrorists. it will be a leadership that recognizes that israel is and always will be the national homeland of the jewish people. when this day
palestinian leadership will emerge and will bring the hope for a better future for its people and our region. thank you. [applause] >> [speaking foreign language] >> i thank the representative of israel, and i would like to now give the floor to this council members who wish to make statements. i give the floor to the united states. you, and thank you, mr. secretary-general, for being with us today. we are meeting today in a forum that is very familiar to all of us. this session on the middle east has been taking place each month for many, many years. its focus has been almost entirely on issues facing israelis and palestinians, and we have heard many of the same arguments and ideas over and
over again. we have already heard them again this morning. it is as if saying the same things repeatedly without actually doing the hard work and making the necessary compromises .ill achieve anything beginning last year, we have tried a broadening discussion and had some success in doing so. i thank my colleagues who have participated in those broader discussions. one reason we did that is our well-founded belief that the anted nations spends altogether disproportionate amount of time on israeli-palestinian issues. it is not that those issues are unimportant. they are certainly very important. the problem is that the united nations has proven itself time and again to be a grossly biased organization when it comes to israel. as such, the united nations' disproportionate focus has made the problem more difficult to solve by elevating the tensions
and the grievances touring the parties. another reason we have attempted to shift the discussion is that the vast scope of the challenges facing the region toward the israeli-palestinian conflict. as we meet here today, the middle east is plagued by many truly horrendous problems. in yemen, there's one of the worst humanitarian disasters on earth with millions of people facing starvation. meanwhile, militia groups fire iranian rockets from yemen into neighboring countries. in syria, the assad regime is using chemical weapons to gas its own people. this war has taken the lives of over 500,000 syrians. millions more have been pushed into neighboring jordan, turkey, and lebanon as refugees, causing major hardship in those countries. in lebanon, hezbollah exerts ever more control, it illegally
building up a stockpile of offensive weapons, inviting a escalation endangering security. isis has engaged in an inhumane level of cruelty and have been dealt setbacks in iraq and syria but are not completely yet destroyed, and they still pose a serious threat. egypt faces repeated terrorist attacks, and, of course, there is the terrorist sponsoring regime in iran that initiate and encourages most of the troubles i just outlined. these immense security and humanitarian challenges throughout the region should occupy more of our attention rattled -- rather than having a sit here most after month and use the most democratic country in the middle east as a scapegoat for the region's problems, but here we go again. i do not mean to suggest that there is no suffering in the israeli-palestinian conflict.
both sides have suffered greatly. hadany innocent israelis been killed or injured by suicide bombings, stabbings, and other sickening terrorist attacks. israel has been forced to live under constant security threats like virtually no other country in the world. it should not have to live that way, and yet, israel has overcome those burdens. it is a thriving country with a vibrant economy that contributes much to the world in the name of technology, science, and the arts. it is the palestinian people who are suffering war -- suffering more. palestinians in gaza live under hamas terrorist oppression. i cannot even call it a governing authority, and hamas provides so little in the way of what one would normally think of as government services. the people of gaza live in truly awful conditions while their
rulers put their resources into building terror toddles and rockets. the palestinians in the west bank also suffer greatly. too many have died and too much potential has been lost in this conflict. we are joined here today by palestinian authority president of us -- president abbas. i'm sorry he declined to stay in the chamber to hear the remarks of others. even though he has left the room i willaddress the balance of my remarks to him. president of us -- president abbas, when a new american administration came into office last january, we did so against the fresh backdrop of the passage of security resolution 2334. in the waning days of the previous administration, the united stakes made a serious error in allowing that resolution to pass. resolution 2334 was wrong on many levels.
i am not going to get into the thetance now, but beyond substance, perhaps its biggest flaw was that it encouraged the false notion that israel can be pushed into a deal that undermines its vital interests, damaging the prospect for peace by increasing mistrust between the israelis and the palestinians. in the last year, the united states has worked to repair that damage. i have opposed the bias against israel as any hour i should do, but that does not mean i or our administration is against the palestinian people. just the opposite is true. we recognize the suffering of the palestinian people, as i have recognized here today. i sit here today offering the outstretched hand of the united states to the palestinian people in the cause of peace. we are fully prepared to look to a future of austerity and
coexistence. we welcome you as the leader of the palestinian people here today, but i will decline the advice i was recently given by your top negotiator. i will not shut up. respectfullyl speak some hard truths. the palestinian leadership has a choice to make between two different paths. there's the path of absolutist demand's, hateful rhetoric, and incitement to violence. that path has led and will continue to lead to nothing but hardship for the palestinian people. or there is the path of negotiation and compromise. history has shown that path to be successful for egypt and jordan, including the transfer of territory. that path remains open to the palestinian leadership if only it is courageous enough to take it. the united states knows the
palestinian leadership was very unhappy with the decision to move our embassy to jerusalem. you do not have to like that decision. you do not have to praise it. you do not even have to accept it, but know this -- that , so,ion will not change once again, you must choose between two paths. you can choose to denounce the united states, reject the u.s.' role in peace talks and pursue. it measures against israel in international forums like the united nations. i assure you, that path will get the palestinian people exactly nowhere toward the achievement of their aspirations. or you can choose to put aside your anger about the location of our embassy and move forward with us toward a negotiated compromise that holds great potential for improving the lives of the palestinian people. putting forward old talking points and entrenched and undeveloped concepts achieves
nothing. that approach has been tried many times and has always failed . after so many decades, we .elcome new thinking as i mentioned in this meeting last month, the united states stands ready to work with the palestinian leadership. our negotiators are sitting right behind me ready to talk, but we will not chase after you announcer: sees fans of washington journal, live it every day with news and policy issues that affect you. coming up, a discussion with a former president obama policy member.ration are live in oklahoma city, oklahoma for the next stop
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