BBSNews 2014-09-24 — By Michael Hess. President Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday, departing from prepared remarks to press for continued peace efforts in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. According to Reuters reporting:
“While Obama used his address primarily to rally support in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, he also recommitted to the pursuit of a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians despite what he called a “bleak” landscape. U.S.- brokered negotiations collapsed in April.
“The violence engulfing the region today has made too many Israelis ready to abandon the hard work of peace,” Obama said. Then, departing from printed remarks made available to reporters beforehand, he added: “And that’s something worthy of reflection within Israel.”
“Because let’s be clear: the status quo in the West Bank and Gaza is not sustainable. We cannot afford to turn away from this effort – not when rockets are fired at innocent Israelis, or the lives of so many Palestinian children are taken from us in Gaza,” Obama said.
Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is also slated to speak to the assembly on Friday where he is widely expected to present a resolution that calls on a three-year timetable for an Israeli withdrawal from Occupied Palestine. In a speech at Cooper Union on Tuesday Palestinian President Abbas said:
today in Cooper Union I stand on the same place where Abraham Lincoln stood over 150 years ago and condemned the scourge of slavery, to state, loud and clear, that we the Palestinian people condemn terrorism, we condemn what happened on 9/11, we condemn the treatment of Christians and non-Christians by ISIS (Daaish) I am speaking on behalf of 99% of the Muslim peoples around the world.