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July 5, 2017 11:20 am

Abbas Tries to Stop African Nations’ Growing Ties With Israel

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Photo: Facebook.

PLO chairman, Palestinian Authority president and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas recently spoke at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, where he attempted to torpedo the growing and burgeoning ties between Israel and a number of African countries

Abbas said that African nations must condition their ties with Israel to Israel’s “commitment to end the occupation of the land of the State of Palestine.”

The attempts of the Israeli occupying state to participate in your regional conference and to organize regional conferences encourage it to continue its arrogance, its occupation of Palestine and its denial of the rights of the Palestinian people with regard to freedom, sovereignty and independence … These are basic human values and principles,” he said.

“We hope that there will be a link between any progress in the relations between the continent and Israel, and [Israel’s] commitment to end its occupation of the land of Palestine, which has been occupied since 1967 and whose capital is eastern Jerusalem,” Abbas added.

According to Abbas, of course, the countless efforts that Israel has made toward peace are not appropriate for African nations to consider — perhaps because Abbas rejected them all.

Frightened of the possibility that African economic ties with Israel might translate to political support for the Jewish state, Abbas instead insisted that African countries continue to vote against Israel at the UN and other international bodies, claiming that only one-sided pressure on Israel can bring about peace.

Abbas also claimed that the Palestinian Authority, which pays salaries to living terrorists and supports erecting monuments to dead ones, is working with the US as a full partner in the fight against terror. But when has the truth ever stopped Mahmoud Abbas?

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  • alRassooli

    Can Abbas tell the African leaders HOW the so called ‘palestinians’ will contribute to the betterment and advancement of African peoples?

    Beside the FACT that the Arabs and Muslim nations have only ONE export anywhere in the world called TERROR, what else can they contribute?

    Can Abbas show these leaders a SINGLE instance in world history mentioning a people called Palestinians and an independent country called Palestine in the last 6000 years of recorded history?

    Can Abbas also show the African leaders a SINGLE reference anywhere in Arab and Islamic history regarding the name JERUSALEM?

    If NOT in either case; WHY NOT?

    IQ al Rassooli
    Kafir & Proud!

  • henrytobias What have the Palestinians got to offer Africa? Nothing! Israel is a leader in water technology and agriculture to name just two things Africa really needs.

  • Lia

    Truth has never mattered to Mr Abbas or to any of those in Arab leadership before him. They also lie to their own people.