Every year the Palestinian Authority President Abbas and Israeli PM Netanyahu speak at the UN, representing their opposing viewpoints. This year Abbas threatened to unleash a “bombshell,” that was thought to be that he was resigning or that he would cancel the Oslo Agreements with Israel, that are the basis for the current status between them. But, his threat as usual turned out to be a bluff, he said nothing new or dramatic. In any case, if he did cancel the PA’s acceptance of the Oslo Agreements, that would remove the PA’s legitimacy and Israel would also be free to act accordingly. He intimated that Israel would then become responsible for the PA and its Palestinian population, but that is not necessarily the case.
Abbas must have been shocked that neither Pres. Putin nor Pres. Obama mentioned the Palestine problem in their speeches at the UN, which to me indicates that it is certainly not the basic problem in the Middle East from which all other conflicts supposedly arise, according to the common leftist interpretation. It is crystal clear that the civil war in Syria, the Sunni-Shia clash in Iraq, the civil war in Yemen and the breakdown of order in Libya have nothing whatsoever to do with the Palestine conflict.
In his speech, PM Netanyahu castigated the UN for its silence on the dire threats issuing from Iranian leaders to annihilate Israel and its people, “Seventy years after the murder of six million Jews, Iran’s rulers promise to destroy my country, murder my people, and the response from this body— the response from nearly every one of the governments represented here— has been absolutely nothing. Utter silence. Deafening silence.” Then very effectively he said nothing for 45 seconds. And another criticism of the UN, “In four years of horrific violence in Syria, more than a quarter of a million people have lost their lives. That’s more than ten times, more than ten times, the number of Israelis and Palestinians combined who have lost their lives in a century of conflict between us. Yet last year, this Assembly adopted 20 resolutions against Israel and just one resolution about the savage slaughter in Syria. Talk about injustice. Talk about disproportionality.” He also criticized Pres. Abbas of the PA and called him a “rejectionist” and “deceitful” for refusing to engage in direct talks with him. He offered to go to Ramallah or anywhere else to negotiate. (For the full speech see: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/WATCH-LIVE-Netanyahu-delivers-address-to-UN-General-Assembly-419606)
The international media gave much more coverage to Abbas’ speech than Netanyahu’s, and many UN delegations as usual walked out when Netanyahu spoke. Nevertheless they will hopefully read his speech and take note that Israel will not be passive in its declared intention to survive.