Palestinian Cabinet Endorses Abbas’ UN Speech and Hague Cases

Despite widespread criticism of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the United Nations, the Palestinian Cabinet approved his remarks and ratified the decision to bring an action against the United States and President Trump at the International Court of Justice at The Hague to force the administration to reverse its move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Cabinet reiterated its common response by Palestinian leadership asserting that the right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent state on 1967 borders, with east Jerusalem as its capital are not open to bargaining. It also expressed its commitment to Abbas’ idea of holding an international peace conference that would be convened this year to address the issues under negotiation with Israel with the impact of the international community’s participation. Both Israel and the U.S. reject the idea, seeing it as an opportunity for multiple nations to gang up on Israel a la the United Nations.

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