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Abbas: Israel Not Interested in Peace

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Thaer Ganaim/PPO via Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017 07:08 PM

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday told the UN General Assembly he’ll give the Trump administration’s peace efforts a chance, but also said Israel "is not interested" in achieving an accord, Haaretz reported.

Trump, Abbas said during a nearly 45-minute speech, had given him confidence that, "we are on the verge of real peace."

But, he added, "a commitment to peace by one side is not enough" and, that Israel’s "colonial occupation" of the West Bank and Jerusalem was breeding violence and incitement in the region.

"We called on Israel's prime minister to sit with us to negotiate. He rejected this offer," Abbas said, adding that "Israeli policies stir religious animosity and may lead to a violent religious conflict."

Trump earlier Wednesday said there’s a "pretty good shot" he can broker a peace deal that has eluded several of his predecessors.

"We are looking seriously at peace and maybe ultimately peace for the whole of the Middle East and I think we have a pretty good shot, maybe the best shot ever," the president said as he opened a meeting with Abbas.

Abbas in his speech also called on the international community to, "end apartheid in Palestine."

"Has the international community surrendered to the fact that Israel is a country above the law?" he asked. "The continuation of the occupation is a disgrace for the international community."

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