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(Worthy News) - Demonstrating a new level of tension with Israel, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority declared on Wednesday that his people were no longer bound by mutual agreements with Israel, including the Oslo Peace Accords, which created the foundation for the Middle East peace process, the New York Times reported.
In his annual General Assembly speech, Mr. Abbas accused Israel of having systematically violated these pacts, which date back two decades and outline security, economic and other arrangements in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel during and after the 1967 war.
The agreements formed the basis for governing much of daily life in the occupied West Bank, where the Palestinian Authority is based.
Mr. Abbas said that there was no reason that the Palestinians should remain faithful to these accords as long as the Israelis were not. Therefore, he said, "we cannot continue to be bound by these signed agreements with Israel and Israel must assume fully all its responsibility as an occupying power." [ Source ]
Abbas at UN: The Palestinians will not accept Israeli violation of al-Aksa Mosque
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday saying he came "to sound the alarm" over "extremist Israeli groups' incursions on the al-Aksa Mosque" in Jerusalem.
Speaking as tensions were high on the Temple Mount in recent weeks, Abbas accused Israel of preventing Muslim worshipers from visiting the mosque and exercising their religious rights. [ Source ]