In a meeting with hundreds of Israeli activists, writers and academics at the Palestinian Authority’s headquarters in Ramallah, PA President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that peace won’t be achieved via the UN, but ultimately only though dialogue. “The truth is we didn’t need UN resolution 2334,” Abbas said. “It is enough for us to talk in order to get to peace.

The only way is for us to live together in this land for peace.” The December 23 Security Council resolution lambasted Israeli settlements, branded them illegal, and called on all states “to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967.” Israel fears such language could lead to an uptick in boycott and sanctions efforts, and Israeli officials have warned it will provide “a tailwind for terror.” READ MORE