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Palestinians Want U.N., Not U.S., as Peace Broker

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At right, Nabil Shaath, senior adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: Kai Mörk via Wikimedia Commons. – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas wants the U.N. to take over from the U.S. as the main peace broker between Israel and the Palestinians, senior Abbas adviser Nabil Shaath told Bloomberg News in an interview published on Tuesday.

“We are telling the U.S., your plan has not worked out,” Shaath said. “We insist that the international community looks into another plan.”

“People are totally disillusioned and disappointed about the peace process and the chaperoning by America of this peace process,” he said. “It has not produced anything.”

Shaath said Abbas, who will address the U.N. General Assembly later this month, will ask the Security Council to “intervene and take control” of Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

According to Shaath, Abbas will try to “shame” Israel into pulling out of the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. If Israel doesn’t do so, “we will confront Israel politically all over the universe,” he said.

“We are going to ask the world to treat Israel as it did apartheid South Africa,” added Shaath.

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