Nikki Haley Nimrata (Nikki) HaleyEU affirms his support for the Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem The Trump Presidency: the Trump Year One administration retains millions of UN agencies for Palestinians MORE the ambassador of the States United against the United Nations, delivered on Thursday a scathing reprimand from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, saying he lacks the "courage and will" to fight for a lasting peace deal with the Israelis.
Speaking at a meeting of the UN Security Council, Haley attacked Abbas for abandoning the Oslo Accords and turning his back on the possibility of US-mediated peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.
He said that Abbas had "insulted" President Trump Donald John TrumpTrump: If there is no wall, there is no solution DACA Trump seems to call Samsung because of the lack of text messages from the FBI. Trump Commerce told lawmakers that he would seek to reverse Obama's movement in Internet oversight: he reports MORE  59003] and advanced savage conspiracy theories in a speech before the Central Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) ) earlier this month.
"In his speech, President Abbas declared the Oslo peace agreements dead," Haley said. "He rejected any role of the United States in the peace talks, insulted the US president, asked to suspend the recognition of Israel, and invoked an ugly and fictitious past, dating from the 17th century, to paint Israel as a colonial project designed by the powers European. "
" A speech that is delivered to scandalous and discredited conspiracy theories is not the discourse of a person with the courage and will to seek peace, "he added.
In his sweeping comments, Haley reviewed the achievements of Arab leaders, particularly Anwar Sadat, the former Egyptian president who helped negotiate a historic peace agreement with Israel almost four decades ago.
Haley's comments underlined deepening tensions between Washington and Ramallah, as well as the growing difficulty that Trump faces in his stated mission to mediate a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.
Those tensions increased in December after Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that reversed decades of US policy and provoked anger in all the Arab and Muslim worlds.
Jerusalem is venerated by Jews, Muslims and Christians, and its status has long been a matter of controversy in the region. The Israelis consider the city to be their eternal capital, while the Palestinians have always aspired to establish East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
In a speech to the PLO Central Council this month, Abbas criticized the Trump administration's handling of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and declared that the Palestinians see no role for the United States in peace negotiations in the region.
"The agreement of the century is the slap of the century," Abbas said, referring to Trump's claim that an agreement negotiated by the United States between Israelis and Palestinians would be "the definitive deal."
The Trump administration has sought in recent weeks to bring the Palestinians to the negotiating table with the Israelis, threatening heavy cuts in aid if Ramallah continues to reject the United States as a mediator for the talks.
Earlier this month, the State Department announced it would withhold $ 65 million in funds from the UN Relief and Works Agency, the organization charged with helping Palestinian refugees. That amounts to more than half of a planned funding tranche of 125 million dollars for UNRWA.
Speaking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump suggested that more funding cuts for the Palestinians could come soon if they do not return to the talks. peace. 19659004] "That money is on the table and that money does not go to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace," Trump said.
Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for Abbas, told CNN on Thursday, however, that the Palestinians would not recognize the US. UU As mediators in no negotiation with Israel.
"If Jerusalem is off the table, then the United States is also off the table," he said.