Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on September 20, 2015. AFP Photo
JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out Wednesday at Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, who told the UN General Assembly his side could not remain the only one committed to agreements.
“Abu Mazen’s speech is deceitful and encourages incitement and destruction in the Middle East,” Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.
The New York Times
Demonstrating a new level of tension withIsrael, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority declared Wednesday that it was no longer bound by the Oslo Peace Accords and subsequent agreements that formed the basis for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In his annual General Assembly speech, Mr. Abbas accused Israel of having violated these pacts, which date back two decades and outline security, economic and other arrangements in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel during and after the 1967 war. He asserted that there was no reason that the Palestinians should remain faithful to them as long as the Israelis were not.
Therefore, Mr. Abbas said, “we cannot continue to be bound by these signed agreements with Israel and Israel must assume fully all its responsibility as an occupying power.”
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