Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas will host a conference to discuss ways to thwart Donald Trump’s peace plan at the upcoming UN General Assembly.
The meeting, according to an Israeli Channel 10 report, will take place this Wednesday, and is part of the PA’s response to measures taken by the Trump administration to force Palestinians back to the negotiating table with Israel: the financial cut to UNRWA and the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) embassy in Washington.
The PA broke away from its dealings with the U.S. administration after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last December, a decision it emphatically rejected. Since then Abbas has sought to ensure that peace negotiations are not submitted to US mediation.
Countries such as Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom and Germany have been invited to the event in New York as well as representatives of some 40 states and international organizations are expected to attend. The US and Israel were not invited.
In a document distributed to guests whose copy was obtained by Channel 10, the Palestinians said the meeting would focus on countering threats to the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict posed by the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Another point will be to formulate ways to protect U.N. agencies dealing with Palestinian issues, such as UNRWA and the Human Rights Council, as well as to promote steps that would advance peace talks based on a two-state solution and U.N. resolutions.
The document also states that U.S. President Donald Trump’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is part of an effort to undermine the post-World War II world order and that the key to avoiding this is the two-state solution.
According to the report, Israel has been working to prevent the meeting from happening, with Israeli diplomats contacting invited states urging them to skip the meeting or send low-level officials.
In his UN address, Abbas is expected to urge the international community to save the two-state solution or take responsibility for its failure, unidentified Palestinian sources told the Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat on Friday.
Abbas’ call for an international peace conference would be one of his final efforts to save the peace process rather than being forced to make “difficult decisions. This could include suspending PA recognition of Israel, repealing agreements like the Oslo agreement, or declaring the Palestinian territories an occupied state, according to the report.