September 30, 2015

Palestinian flag raised at UN as Abbas says he’s no longer bound by Oslo Accords

Rebel Staff

President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority said in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday that he is no longer bound by the 1993 Oslo Accords between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

According to NPR, and demonstrating a new level of tension with Israel, the 80-year-old leader said: “As long as Israel refuses to commit to the agreements signed with us, which render us an authority without real powers, and as long as Israel refuses to cease settlement activities and to release of the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners in accordance with our agreements, they leave us no choice but to insist that we will not remain the only ones committed to the implementation of these agreements, while Israel continuously violates them. We therefore declare that we cannot continue to be bound by these agreements and that Israel must assume all of its responsibilities as an occupying Power.”

The Oslo Accords, negotiated in a series of secret meetings in London and Norway, and were first signed on September 13, 1993, are a series of peace agreements between Israel and the Palestinians. They have served as the foundation of cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians with the ultimate aim of facilitating a two-state solution.

Having threatened to drop a ‘bombshell’ in his speech, Abbas’ announcement was, the Associated Press reports, his “most serious warning yet to Israel that he might walk away from engagement with Israel and dissolve the Palestinian Authority.”

The New York Times added:

“Mr. Abbas delivered his speech against a backdrop of growing frustration among many Palestinians over the paralysis in peace negotiations with Israel, the most protracted conflict vexing the United Nations since its founding 70 years ago.”

As a result of peace talks going nowhere Abbas' own popularity within the Palestinian diaspora has suffered. The last round of negotiations collapsed in April 2014.

Shortly after Abbas delivered his speech, the Palestinian flag was raised for the first time in the rose garden at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

According to Al-Jazeera, Abbas dedicated the flag raising ceremony to “the martyrs, the prisoners and the wounded, and to those who gave their lives while trying to raise this flag.”

The move, which came after the UN General Assembly passed a motion earlier this month to raise the Palestinian and Vatican flags, was strongly criticized by Israel and opposed by the United States.

As reported by the BBC, Israel's permanent representative to the UN, Ron Prosor, said at the time that the decision was a "blatant attempt to hijack the UN".


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commented 2015-11-04 11:52:04 -0500
<p>as usual, the Palestinians do nothing and major Israelis evil are all evils …. it is a real <a href=“”">">boxing</a> match !!!</p>
commented 2015-10-04 21:33:05 -0400
And the next shoe to drop? Wait wait UN Agenda 2030 (aka 21) will finish world governance through rules and regs and beefing up chem trails poison all. Gotta love the silence on real enemy.
commented 2015-10-04 01:37:03 -0400
Has anyone ever launched an attack on the UN building? Just a thought.
commented 2015-10-01 14:49:04 -0400
I understand only three opposed the motion, the U.S. Australia & Canada. Good on PM Harper. I have a pretty good idea where Trudeau & Mulcair would stand on the matter, if they even took a stand at all.
commented 2015-10-01 14:30:16 -0400
First, there is an administration not an “occupation”, This administration is as defined by the UN. There never was a state called “Palestine” so there can be no “occupation” of “Palestine”.

Prior to the Egyptian exile Arafat appropriating the term “Palestinian” there were Arabs and Palestinians, which was the term used to describe the Jews of the area.

As for the Oslo Accords, the PA did virtually nothing to live up to the agreement. The incitement to violence, and the constant stirring of the pot still goes on, through education and PA controlled TV; this was supposed to end by the Oslo Accords.

Every time Israel points out that the Agreement isn’t being honoured, the UN along with the rest of the world ignore this. When Israel stops following the Accord due to PA not following it, Israel is castigated.

The only part of the Accord the PA follows is where it receives benefits. To do anything constructive just doesn’t happen. Abbas keeps encouraging terrorism. For fifteen years the Accord has been a one-way street otherwise ignored by the PS.

Israel won a defensive war in ’67. Land gained in such a war belongs to the victor, Israel could have and legally have declared all territory as Israel. But no, The UN expects if not demands Israel to surrender such land without benefit, something not required of any other nation,

As for most protracted conflict, what of the invasion of Cyprus by Turkey in the early 1960s and ensuing state of occupation and hostilities, or Tibet occupied since 1948 by China, which ships in ethnic Chinese to replace the Tibetans.

If the PA was truly interested in nationhood (which only came to be once Israel was in control) it could have negotiated any of the many Israeli offers instead of saying a flat “No”. As for the PA self-administered areas, they can be described as corrupt, violent, in-fighting, and dangerous. Whose fault is that?
commented 2015-09-30 22:38:09 -0400
There are many reasons why the Palis are not figuring prominently as islamics racing to join the illegal invasion of Europe.

All you have to do is think about how they milk UNRWA and the various international agencies and governments for money in the billions on an annual basis.

Being a “refugee” is big business.

And the media always helps their cause by hiding the truth.
commented 2015-09-30 22:34:31 -0400
@ llrfu- No probs.

There is so much more to tell.

Unfortunately the average Canadian has no idea whatsoever.

That is often clearly exhibited right here on the comment threads.

And when the truth is told the message is ignored and the messenger is attacked.

All in order to shut the messenger up and to keep the truth hidden.
commented 2015-09-30 22:30:22 -0400
@ Maurice Potvin – No! Do you realize how much additional aid the libs will have us sending? The heating bills would be enormous and we will be short on oil after the dippers get finished with us. Cheers.
commented 2015-09-30 22:22:45 -0400
I believe that, not only the Palestinian Authority, but ALL totalitarian Islamic Regimes and Regime wan-a-bee’s (ISIS, Boko-Haram, etc.) should not just be offered their own Country, but their own Continent. I’m thinking Antarctica. How does that sound? Or they could be the first to establish human civilization on Mars. What an honor!
commented 2015-09-30 22:12:17 -0400
Go Israel – we are with you in this fight for freedom, and will be until the end! We are praying for PM Harper to be re-elected with a majority, so he can continue to stand with you on the world stage. If the left win, it will make me sick seeing them kowtowing to the UN.
commented 2015-09-30 20:44:29 -0400
The UN is a travesty and Canada should NEVER listen to them, they are more often wrong and disgusting than they are correct or relevant.
commented 2015-09-30 20:41:46 -0400
Bravo – thks for the insight!!!
commented 2015-09-30 18:53:17 -0400
and that is the UN to which mulcair will cede our sovereignty..
commented 2015-09-30 18:50:16 -0400
The next time the PLO launch a Scud Missile at Israel, will be the first time Palestine looses their Flag. Make it a big one Israel. Please.
commented 2015-09-30 18:46:45 -0400
The UN is Islamic and full of muslims. Non muslims have no consideration from this terrorist, sharia friendly organization. Why do you think there are so many Christians being slaughtered in the middle east and N Africa? Why do you think the world is being over ran by so called refugee muslims? Notice they are not allowing Christians, the ones who getting their heads lopped off by the filthy scumbag muslims, the true refugees, to escape these sickening hell holes in the middle east.
commented 2015-09-30 18:33:49 -0400
Great! Now PLO/Hamas can officially be a terror state with no pretense. Truly a harbinger of peace and cause for celebration by Western leftists!
commented 2015-09-30 18:28:22 -0400
More blather from the UN and the lefty media. Here is a take on this from a friend who worked in Israel with me a couple of years back…………………………..

There are two UN agencies that deal with refugees:

- the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) which is dedicated to the so-called “Palestinian refugees”.

- the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) which handles all other refugees around the globe.

UNRWA has approximately 35,000 employees. UNHCR has about 8,000, worldwide.

While the goal of the UNHCR is to settle refugees and integrate them into new societies, the goal of UNRWA is to keep “Palestinians” as refugees forever, living forever off the (international) public purse.

By UN definitions, a “Palestinian refugee” is someone who is descended from a Palestinian Arab – forever. 20 generations later, they are still classified by the UN as “refugees” and are eligible to get aid from UNRWA.

UNRWA fully feeds, schools and houses “Palestinians”, who are then free to have 16 children and train them to blow themselves up if they can get some Infidels, too. When the UN is giving you everything you need, unemployment figures don’t mean much. UNRWA even collects the garbage for them. UN garbage trucks on the streets of Jerusalem heading to Palis area just a few days ago (Jerusalemites have to pay some hefty council rates to collect their own garbage. UNRWA does this for Arabs for free.)

I lived near an arab neighbourhood while serving in Israel. There was an Arab neighborhood not far from me. It is universally described in the press as a “refugee camp”. You won’t find any tents there, though. Most of the people there live in large houses. Very nice houses. Many are nicer than typical houses in the USA. Some are downright mansions. Big houses, large rooms, fine wood furniture. Refugee camp, my ass. And the journos are fully aware of this.

Before the Six Day War of 1967, UNRWA supplied Gaza via Egypt, and supplied the “West Bank” via Jordan. After Israel’s victory in 1967, UNRWA does this all via Israel. About 200 trucks of food and supplies entered Gaza every day, all marked “UN”, courtesy of UNRWA. If the UN had to send supplies to Gaza from Cairo instead of from central Israel, they would have a convoy of 200 trucks driving clear across the Sinai Peninsula and the Sinai desert every day, so that Israel is saving the UN piles of money and headache. Irony, that, eh?

Incidentally, there are Canadian, Aus and NZ troops in the MFO, stationed in Sinai. In the past few years, as Egypt has been in convulsions with the Muslim Brotherhood taking the gov’t, being overthrown by el-Sisi and now fighting back via the Islamic State in Sinai, the MFO troops stay in their own compound and venture out only if heavily armed and in convoys. And this is just across the border from Israel, which really is an island of peace among the local madness.

(BZ comment – I know MFO troops personally. The above is true.)

The reason that UNRWA is so crazily generous is that the UN has been hijacked by the Islamic bloc (60+? states of the 200 or so represented at the UN?). They have forced the main funders of the UN (USA and EU) to generously perpetuate the “refugee” status of the “Palis” so as to continue to harass Israel, so that they can pass ever more resolutions at the UN condemning Israel. They don’t want the Pali “refugee” situation to ever be solved. UNRWA itself would go out of business if the Pali refugees would be settled, and they are playing with too much money to want to go out of business.

UNRWA is the problem, not the solution. Close down UNRWA and the so-called “Palestinians” will have to go work for a living, like the rest of the world. Palestinian terrorists will then have to look elsewhere for funding.

Now, if you have actually read this far I dare you o open this url and se who it is that truly run the UN. If you study it closely you will s how corrupt the UN is – yet the media never tells anyone this:

(BZ comment – I dare the Rebel to write about this!)
commented 2015-09-30 18:20:54 -0400
Palistine should just pack up and move to Germany. They have no resistance toward there. They could built the world’s largest Mosque and have Germany pay for it.
commented 2015-09-30 18:13:17 -0400
People tend to forget this could have been settled years ago when Israel made the offer.

Arafat took the cash instead.