Published: 2018-09-26 18:54
Last Updated: 2018-09-27 07:49
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni in New York on Tuesday, during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Livni said that the purpose of the meeting was not to discuss previous peace negotiation attempts, but to “discuss how to prevent security deterioration and build hope for the future,” according to Haaretz.
During the meeting, Livni told Abbas: "Isolation and unilateral steps against Israel will be a tragedy. They could lead to further deterioration, loss of control and the end of the two-state solution. Instead of Hamastan, the PA must mobilize for a solution in Gaza and instead of attacking the United States, get back to a dialogue with it. The severity of the situation obligates us all to seek ways to bring about calm, without entrenchment of anger and insult."
The former Israeli Foreign Minister recommended that the PA reopens peace talks with the US.
"You need to get back to a conversation with the United States on the basis of the principle of the two nation-states - a demilitarized Palestinian state alongside Israel. And you should do so not because of the sanctions and funding cuts, but despite of them, even if you have concerns and anger and even if you do not agree to all the conditions."
Livni told Abbas that "the opposition in Israel and the majority of the public in Israel support the idea of two nation-states, but we will oppose any unilateral move in international forums against Israel. Financing terrorist families and actions in the International Criminal Court in The Hague are unacceptable and cause people to lose their trust while strengthening extremists."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US president Trump will meet on Wednesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session, while Abbas and Netanyahu will deliver speeches at the session on Thursday.