NEW YORK (AFP) – Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas vowed Monday to present a new timetable for peace talks with Israel when he addresses world leaders at the United Nations later this week.
“I say today to Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu: end the occupation, make peace,” Abbas told an audience in New York.
In a passionate address to students in the Cooper Union hall where Abraham Lincoln once called for an end to slavery, Abbas said: “The international community has the responsibility to protect our people, living under the terror of settlers, an occupying army.”
“We cannot understand how the Israeli government can be so misguided as to fail to understand that the indiscriminate bombing of Gaza that killed thousands of women and children only sowed more hate,” Abbas said.
“This week I will propose to the United Nations a new timetable for peace talks,” Abbas said, speaking in English and winning a standing ovation.
The veteran Palestinian leader is set to address the annual UN General Assembly on Friday.
Palestinian leaders have said he intends to propose a three-year deadline for the end of the Israeli occupation and the establishment of a Palestinian state.
The latest peace talks led by top US diplomat John Kerry collapsed in April amid bitter recriminations on both sides.
Palestinian and Israeli officials are trying to negotiate a permanent deal to seal a ceasefire which went into place in late August after a 50-day war in the Gaza Strip.