Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas has announced that the PA is no longer committed to the 1994 Oslo Accords. In his UN General Assembly address Wednesday evening, Abbas wasted no time attacking Israel from the podium in New York. He began by repeating calls for a “two-state solution,” and condemning Israeli “settlements” in Judea and Samaria, as well as the blockade of Gaza. Israel “continues its blockades of the Gaza Strip, thus deepening the immense suffering of our people there. This is done in defiance of UN resolutions and agreements signed between the two sides…under international auspices,” he said, despite the fact that Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled enclave was ruled as legal by the UN’s Palmer Report.

He quoted a 1976 interview by former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin – in which Rabin branded Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria as “a cancer” – and called on the international community to pressure Israel to dismantle them. “Do the votes by democratic countries against Palestinian resolutions…promote peace…or rather encourage extremists, promoting their hatred and racism and making them think they are above the law, to the point where they commit the burning of a whole Palestinian family in the town of Duma in the West Bank?” he added, referring to the deadly firebombing of a Palestinian home in July. FULL REPORT