Palestine calls for Middle East peace conference


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was seen at a Baltimore hospital this week and will return Friday to the West Bank, according to Reuters, citing a senior Palestinian official.

Sponsored by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, Dahlan, who was expelled from Abbas' Fatah movement in 2014, is considered Abbas' main political rival. "With the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?"

USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley torched top Palestinian officials in a blistering speech during a meeting of the UN Security Council. "The mechanism would be borne out of an worldwide conference to be held by mid-2018", Abbas said.

Fatah and Hamas have engaged in a faltering reconciliation process since the latter wrested the Gaza Strip from pro-Fatah forces in 2007.

According to a report by Globes, Finance Ministry Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) has agreed to a 25% increase in the number of Palestinian Authority residents permitted to work in pre-1967 Israel.

"It has become impossible today for one country or state alone to solve a regional or worldwide conflict", Abbas said. "Is it for the two-state solution, or for one-state?"

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Danon accused Abbas of using "hateful speech" and glorifying violence instead of improving the lives of Palestinians. Danon said Abbas is always welcome to directly negotiate with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but chooses not to. "You are the problem".

She stressed that "We will not chase after you", addressing Abbas again, "The choice, Mr. President, is yours".

Haley disagreed, saying the Trump administration was offering "an outstretched hand" to the Palestinian people and their leaders.

Haley was referring to the surprise presence of Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and Middle East adviser, who sat with the American delegation in the Security Council chamber.

Haley said about the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital: "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".

The heated session appeared to reinforce intractable divisions between the two sides with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas accusing Israel of acting like "a state above the law", while calling for an global peace conference under the sponsorship of the United Nations (UN), not the US.