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The Palestinians rejects Quartet proposal since they avoid the settlements building and do not deal with ‘Israeli’ withdrawal.

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Palestinian Acting president confident Security Council ruling on statehood bid will be rendered in weeks, despite expected US veto; says will not agree to international mediation proposals that ‘disregard Palestinian conditions for peace talks’

Palestinian Acting President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday that he expected the Security Council to finish debating the Palestinian application for full UN membership within weeks, not months. “(Now) we are talking about weeks not months.”

Speaking to journalists on plane back from New York, Abbas said Security Council members had initially appeared unenthusiastic to discuss the Palestinian application.  Regarding the Quartet proposal, he told reporters accompanying him that he was still ‘studying the proposal by the peace-making Quartet and we will not deal with any initiative that doesn’t demand a halt to Israeli settlement construction or negotiations based on lines Israel held before capturing land the Palestinians claim for their state’’.

On Saturday Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki rejected the Quartet’s proposal to Speaking to a Palestinian radio station, al-Malki said that’’ the Quartet’s proposal does not call for a settlement freeze and an Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines, and therefore isn’t sufficient’’.

In a statement on Friday, the Quartet representative to the middle east Tony Blair said they wanted to see comprehensive proposals within three months on territory and security, and substantial progress within six months. The statement followed the acting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas submission of a formal application to the UN Security Council for recognition of a Palestinian state.

In his speech to the General Assembly on Friday after presenting the request, Abbas said:

 “I do not believe that anyone with a shred of conscience can reject our application … and our admission as an independent state.”

Lebanon’s UN ambassador Nawaf Salam said the Security Council would convene on Monday to discuss the application after Abbas presented it to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday.  “I circulated the letter (Palestinian application) to all members of the Security Council and I called for consultations in light of this letter on Monday at three in the afternoon.

The UN Security Council will take up the Palestinian bid for full statehood and UN membership on Monday. This is an unusually fast development compared to the normal tempo of the United Nations.

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Trump finally conceding he lost the US election

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Donald Trump said Monday he no longer opposes government aid for Joe Biden’s transition team in his closest statement yet to finally conceding he lost the US election.

Trump’s tweet that the General Services Administration should “do what needs to be done” came after the agency’s head Emily Murphy said she was releasing the long-delayed assistance.

Biden hailed the step as allowing for a ‘smooth and peaceful transfer of power’.

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US president-elect Joe Biden and the Middle East

If Joe Biden rejoins the Iran nuclear ‎agreement ‎ and adopts Obama’s approach to the two-state ‎solution, with Palestine issue, which I believe he might do, since the ‎compromises made in the democratic party ‎between the Progressives ‎and the liberals during the ‎selection of the presidential candidate , indicated ‎that might be happening soon

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Interview with Saeb Shaath, Author and Middle East affairs expert and David Yaghoubian, Prof. of History, CSU San Bernardino.

Iran FM advises US president-elect to abandon Trump’s ‘disastrous lawless bullying’.

Shaath Said: “Zionist entity Prime Minister Benjamin ‎Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince ‎Mohammed bin Salman have kept silent since ‎American media projected Biden’s will win.‎ We can recall the Netanyahu-Kushner plan ‎which believed in and relied on Trump’s victory ‎for the second term, that would be followed by ‎Netanyahu’s victory in the elections, aiming to ‎implement their deal of the century and the ‎normalization of Arab countries ties with the ‎Zionist’ entity,‎”

Shaath went to say :” it did not accrue to the planners that ‎Trump would become the only American ‎president in three decades not be elected to ‎serve a 2nd term in office.‎”

Shaath added “what might do away with their planes …I think Biden ‎will revive the nuclear agreement with Iran, ‎since it was an Obama- Biden’s admiration ‎achievement …he will do it in a way that avoids ‎any clash with Zionist entity.”

Shaathe went on t o say “‎ If Joe Biden rejoins the Iran nuclear ‎agreement ‎ and adopts Obama’s approach to the two-state ‎solution, with Palestine issue, which I believe he might do, since the ‎compromises made in the democratic party ‎between the Progressives ‎and the liberals during the ‎selection of the presidential candidate , indicated ‎that might be happening soon.‎”

Shaath added “That means everything that Netanyahu and ‎Kushnaier, dreamed about in making the ‎Zionist entity the pivotal state in the ‎Middle East with the Gulf States and the rest of ‎the Arabic countries as their satellite States ‎such dream is over. ‎ Since its clear that Biden needs to pay attention ‎and to focuses US resources on fighting covid-19 and ‎to Jump Startg the US economy”. ‎

‎ Shaath concluded “Since the Netanyahu – Kushner’s Deal of the ‎Century and Arab normalisation relation with ‎Zionist entity geared up to create a military ‎alliance to face Iran… Joe Biden with reviving the US commitment to the Iran nuclear agreement does not need such alliance…as well Joe does not have a Dime to waist on Netanyahu’s dreams. ..This is the new way we going to see it happening in the region.”

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Are the French officials declaring open war on Islam?

France declared a war on Islam by supporting the publication of satirical cartoons insulting to the Prophet Muhammad.

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Anger continues to grow across the Muslim world after French President Emmanuel Macron publicly attacked Islam in defense of the publication of derogatory cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, said that France declared a war on Islam by supporting the publication of satirical cartoons insulting to the Prophet Muhammad.

Press TV intreviews Saeb Shaath, Author and Middle East Afaiers Expert, and Firas Al Najm, Manager, Canadian Ddefenders for human rights.

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