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Abbas: Defend two-state-solution for a Palestine state

Abbas: Defend two-state-solution for a Palestine state

Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas is set to address the opening of the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Monday, with a speech expected to focus on Palestinian statehood, terrorism, and instability in the Middle East.

The signatories expressed concern over President Donald Trump's hawkish views - specifically his stated intention to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - as well as over the recently-passed 'Formalization Law, ' which retroactively legalizes illegal outposts built on private Palestinian land. The PA, according to reports, is extremely concerned that President Trump will fulfill his promise to move the U.S. Embassy to Israel to Yerushalayim, and fears that the installation of David Friedman as America's ambassador to Israel will prevent it from making demands in negotiations, if any are to take place. The two-state solution would create a Palestinian nation alongside Israel.

"Palestine will remain the litmus test for this council ... and whether it succeeds or not, will be crucial for the credibility of the human rights system throughout the world", said Abbas.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has slammed Israel for violating global law and failing to heed calls to stop settlement activities in occupied Palestinian territory.

He reiterated his demand for an global system to be established for the protection of the Palestinian people and a binding mechanism to be developed with a clear and definitive timeline.

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The meeting was said to involve a vocal debate about what Israel's reaction should be, with several MPs saying they believed Trump would ultimately accept any position that Netanyahu publicly held, and that he should be trying to do more, both to expand the settlements and to end talk of a two-state solution.

According to the letter, "the summit provided the worldwide community with an opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to the two-state solution".

A two-state solution - the idea of Israel and Palestine living side-by-side and at peace - has been the bedrock of USA diplomacy for the past two decades.

During this year's session, the council is expected to receive at least three reports detailing allegations of Israeli human-rights abuses against Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Israel captured the territory during the Six Day war, annexing it in 1981.


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