Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with French President Francois Hollande in Paris today. During a joint press conference, the two criticized the Regulation Law and spoke out against the Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Abbas and Hollande

Abbas and Hollande Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas held a press conference this evening (Tuesday) in France alongside French President Francois Hollande. During the press conference, he harshly criticized the Regulation Law, which was passed last night by the Knesset.

Abbas claimed that “the new law creates an apartheid state.” In addition, he called for the international community to condemn the law. Hollande claimed that the law paves the way for Israel’s annexation of the West Bank.

“I talked to President Hollande about the issues that impact the two nations,” Abbas said. “I thank the French government for its determination to advance the two-state solution and [lift] the blockade of Gaza. In 2017, the two-state solution needs to be promoted.”

“We will bring the Israeli decision in front of the international court,” added Abbas. “We will not accept this. It is aggression and we will deal with it at the courthouse. We hope to achieve peace and we hope that we will have a Palestinian state alongside the State of Israel. However, Israel wants one country that will exist as an apartheid state. This will be a tragedy for the Palestinians.”

Abbas also criticized the initiative to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “This will distance the solution,” he stated. “Everyone who supports this solution needs to work for it.”

Hollande said while standing next to Abbas: “The Israeli settlements on the occupied Palestinian lands pave the way for their annexation. I think that Israel and its government need to change this decision.”