President Mahmoud Abbas came to the UN Tuesday with a proposal to jump-start the stalled peace process.
We are ready to begin negotiations immediately in order to achieve the freedom and independence of our people.
His proposed measures include halting Israel settlement activity and suspending the US decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem during negotiations.
US ambassador Nikki Haley was unapologetic about the US decision.
The United States knows the Palestinian leadership was very unhappy with the decision to move our embassy to Jerusalem. 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.
Even though Palestinians have denounced Washington and rejected its role as a peace broker,Haley warned this would not get them any closer to realizing their aspirations.
I said here today offering the outstretched hand of the United States to the Palestinian people in the cause of peace.
President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner who is leading the White House’s Middle East peace efforts and his special envoy also attended Tuesday Security Council meeting.
Washington has said it has a peace plan of its own but has so far not revealed any details.
Meanwhile,tensions have been growing between Israelis and Palestinians.
On Saturday an improvised explosive device along the border with Gaza wounded four Israeli soldiers.
Israel responded with airstrikes on Hamas targets while Palestinians fire two rockets into Israel, all making the need for progress on peace more urgent.
Margaret Bashir, VOA News, the United Nations.