Abbas At The UN: Stale Platitudes And Empty Threats - Ignorant Rhetoric
16 October 2015
By Khalid Amayreh
As widely predicted, the "Bombshell speech" Palestinian
Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas delivered at the UN General Assembly on
Wednesday was pointless.
In general, the speech was a mere repetition of known platitudes about the
decades-old Israeli occupation of the Palestinian homeland.
As we all know, these platitudes have been voiced ad nauseam but without
leading to any significant improvement on the ground, as Israel continued to
kill and maim Palestinians and further narrow their horizon.
Indeed, it is manifestly clear that the overall Palestinian situation is
getting worse rather than getting better.
International recognition won't take us anywhere
In addition to describing Israeli crimes before UN delegates, Abbas said
Palestine was a state under occupation.
He appealed the international community to recognize Palestine as a state
A majority of UN member-states seem to have accepted Abbas's plea, allowing
for the hoisting of the Palestinian flag at the UN garden to the chagrin of
Israel, its guardian ally, the United States, as well as Canada and
A number of European countries, including Britain and Germany, abstained,
reflecting deep Zionist influence on their governments.
The symbolic victory is important but its practical significance should not
be overestimated. After all, the Palestinian people have been quite fed up
with symbolic "victories" that utterly failed to lift up our people or rein
in Israeli insolence let alone stop, or even mitigate, the nearly daily
atrocities committed by government-backed Jewish terrorists as well as
Israeli security forces against innocent Palestinians.
To conclude, Abbas's speech may have achieved some short-lived media
repercussions but will utterly make freedom from the Israeli occupation any
On the contrary, it might even increase frustration among our people.
What should Abbas have said?
I am in no opposition to put words into Abbas's mouth. However, in light of
the absence of any modicum of good will to achieve peace on Israel's part,
Abbas should have announced the dismantlement of the PA itself since the PA,
which was supposed to be the first step toward Palestinian statehood and
independence, has become one of the biggest obstacles impeding true statehood
Abbas did admit that his Ramallah regime had no real authority.
Abbas should also have declared the termination of the Oslo Accords if only
because Israel has never carried out its commitments as stipulated in the
In the final analysis, there is no logic and there is no dignity in
continuing to honor agreements and accords that the other side, the occupier
of our land and tormentor of our people, refuses to honor.
The urge to dislodge from these agreements becomes even more urgent
considering the utter injustice and harm incurred by the Palestinians and
their enduring just cause as a result of these hapless agreements.
Indeed, Abbas should have been more honest, first with his own people and
second with the international community, by pointing out that the Oslo
Accords won't lead to peace.
Finally, the PA leader should have made it abundantly clear to the world body
that a just peace of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict was no longer possible
since Israel has killed any remaining prospect for a genuine just peace.
A casual observer of Abbas's fans and supporters reactions to his New York
speech would get the impression that the PA Chairman had just delivered a
victory speech marking the end of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian
But Abbas's speech was a no- victory speech. It was rather a boring
repetition of the same old tired statements long repeated by a defeated
leadership that refuses to be honest with its own people and prefers to
appease the enemy even at the expense of the Palestinian people and their
More to the point, it is difficult to imagine the mental sanity level of
those celebrating Abbas's speech at the very time when messianic Jewish gangs
are defiling and desecrating al-Aqsa Mosque and when Jewish settlers burn
Palestinian children alive.
I don't know if Abbas will repeat the same speech at the UN at this time next
However, It is highly certain that the overall Palestinian situation will
continue to exacerbate as long as Abbas and the hangers-on around him
continue to mistake the desert mirage for water and fiction for reality.
Khalid Amayreh is a Palestinian journalist and political commentator
living in Occupied Palestine.