Published on Feb 21, 2018 by the TV7 Israel News YouTube channel – 1) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged the international community to convene a Middle East conference by mid-2018 that will provide a platform aimed at advancing peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
2) U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley stresses that Washington remained committed to fulfill its role as a mediator in advancing a viable solution to the decades old conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Transcript of Amb. Haley’s speech to Abbas and the Palestinian leadership –
“The Palestinian leadership has a choice to make between two different paths. There’s the path of absolutist demands, 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 negotiations 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 more our embassy to Jerusalem. You don’t have to like that decision. You don’t have to praise it. You don’t even have to accept it. But, know this, that decision will not change. So, once again, you must choose between two paths. You can choose to denounce the United States, reject the US role in peace talks and pursue punitive measures against Israel in international forums like the UN. 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.”
3) Pro-Syrian government forces entered Syria’s north-western Afrin region to assist Kurdish militias in their battle against a Turkish assault, raising the prospect of a wider escalation of the conflict.
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