Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has given Israel one year to withdraw from the occupied territory and threatened to withdraw recognition of Israel if it does not.
In a virtual speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Abbas said he would no longer recognize Israel based on its pre-1967 borders – a cornerstone of three decades of failed peace efforts – if it refuses to withdraw from the Palestinian territories want for a future state.
“We must declare that Israel, the occupying power, has one year to withdraw from the Palestinian territory it occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem,” Abbas said.
Speaking against the backdrop of maps of the region showing Israel’s territorial expansion over several decades, Abbas accused Israel of “apartheid” and “ethnic cleansing”, using terms rarely used for the sake of ongoing negotiations on a two-state solution.
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