Following the speeches delivered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today and by Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas on Friday, before the United Nations General Assembly in New York, APN today released this statement:
Speaking before the UN General Assembly, flinging accusations and mutual recriminations, Prime Minister Netanyahu
and President Abbas revealed, with striking clarity, the vast gulf that separates them with respect to their views
on the way forward to resolve the conflict that continues to consume both of their peoples.
The speeches of these two leaders also revealed a simple truth: Today, the question is not whether Israelis or
Palestinians have a "partner" for peace on the other side, or whether now is the time to launch yet another empty
peace process, or whether energies should be invested in making the indefensible status quo more stable. Rather,
after more than two decades of peace efforts, after more than 47 years of occupation and conflict, the question
today is whether the international community is ready to be a real partner to Israelis and Palestinians in aiding
them – and, indeed, pressing them, with meaningful benefits and consequences – to end this conflict.