PA President Mahmoud Abbas at Arab League summit, Doha.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday accused Israel of
carrying out a “destructive” plan against Jerusalem and urged the Arab and
Islamic countries to work toward preventing it from implementing its
Abbas’s accusation came during a speech he delivered at the Arab
summit in Doha, Qatar.
“The Israeli occupation is systematically and
continuously working toward judaizing east Jerusalem,” Abbas told the Arab heads
He said that Israel was also seeking to change the character of
the city, expel its Arab residents and assault Islamic and Christian holy
Abbas urged the Arabs and Muslims to go to the United Nations and
other international organizations to stop Israel from pursuing its “destructive
He also sought their help in putting pressure on Israel to
release Palestinian prisoners, whom he described as “brave.”
prisoners were being subjected to “grave violations,” he said.
hailed Qatar’s announcement that it would establish a special fund for Jerusalem
with a $1 billion budget to support the Arab residents of the city and foil
Israel’s attempts to “judaize” east Jerusalem.
He told the summit that
during his recent meeting with US President Barack Obama in Ramallah, they
discussed all the final-status issues.
Abbas quoted Obama as stressing
that the US was resolved to achieve a two-state solution through
“We reiterated to Obama our commitment to the twostate
solution on the basis of the 1967 borders and the Arab Peace Initiative of
2002,” Abbas said. “We also emphasized that halting settlement construction and
releasing Palestinian prisoners were not Palestinian preconditions, but Israeli
obligations in accordance with signed agreements and the road map.”
government official responded to Abbas’s statements by saying Israel was working
very hard with the US, especially with Secretary of State John Kerry, to try to
find a way to resume direct talks with the Palestinians.
“That is our
goal,” the official said. “Obviously a more constructive approach from the
Palestinians would be conducive to those goals.”Herb Keinon contributed
to this report.