Speak at United Nations General Assembly via a video link from the West Bank, Abbas urged the international community to act to salvage the two-state formula that for decades has served as the diplomatic foundation for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Abbas said Israel was destroying prospects for a political settlement based on a two-state solution through its settlements in the West Bank territories it captured in the 1967 Middle East war.
Most countries view the settlements as illegal, a position Israel disputes.
“If the Israeli occupation authorities continue to entrench the reality of one apartheid state as it is today, our Palestinian people and the whole world will not tolerate such a situation,” Abbas was quoted as saying. Reuters, Saturday (25/9/2021).
Israel itself denies the allegations of apartheid.
“The conditions on the ground will surely impose equal and full political rights for all on the historical Palestinian lands, within one state. In all cases, Israel must choose,” said Abbas from Ramallah, where he lives. Palestinian Authority , in limited self-government in the West Bank.
In his speech at the United Nations, Abbas also threatened to revoke Palestinian recognition of Israel if it does not withdraw from the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem within a year.