Palestine calls for peace; US firm on Jerusalem move

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"There is no way for Palestinians and Israelis to sit for peace talks because the negotiations are prejudged by [the Trump's administration's] extreme fascist right-wing support to Israel and animosity against Palestinians", he said, adding there is "nobody" that can fill the role of an honest broker.

At the same time, Delattre urged the United States to reconsider its recent decision to cut more than $100 million in assistance to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, which provides schooling, food, health care, and other essential services to more than 5 million Palestinian refugees.

He told a Security Council meeting on Palestine on Tuesday that the worldwide conference should lead to the formation of an global multilateral mechanism that helps both parties to hold negotiations with a timeframe for implementing agreements they reach.

He said the peace conference should include the Israelis and Palestinians, the five permanent Security Council members and key regional and worldwide governments, noting that 74 countries attended a Mideast peace conference in Paris in January 2017.

A day after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced at a UN Security Council a peace initiative in his speech, skepticism raised by observers over the possibility of its success.

Haley said Palestinians should be reminded of the "path of negotiation and compromise", which she said has proved to be successful for Egypt and Jordan.

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"We have already heard them again and again", she said. "Is it for the two-state solution or the one-state solution?" Danon said Abbas is always welcome to directly negotiate with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but chooses not to. Instead, he said, it is "reviewing" its relationship with Israel.

In the interim, there should be an end to settlement activities by Israel and the USA should not move its embassy to Jerusalem, he said. It called the speech "old talking points and undeveloped concepts for each of the core issues". But following Trump's decision, the Palestinians no longer view the United States as a neutral negotiator.

Abbas said the principle of two-states living side-by-side with full sovereignty must be preserved, but he said the US has not clarified whether it is for a two-state or a one-state solution.

The White House later issued a statement saying the administration was still working on its plan, "which is created to benefit both the Israeli and Palestinian people".

Abbas was the last to arrive in the Security Council, and he left immediately after his speech to attend a reception hosted by the Palestinians, avoiding any direct contact with the Americans or Israelis.

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