On Wednesday, local media reported Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas saying that Israeli policies continue to undermine a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
On the same day, Abbas met with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield in the West Bank after her two-day visit to Israel.
During the meeting, Abbas stated that Israeli practices of establishing illegal settlements, killing, confiscation of land, house demolitions, and attempting to expel Palestinians from their homes all dangerously undermine the two-state solution, according to the official Palestinian news agency.
Abbas is said to have rejected the classification of six Palestinian civil society organizations as terrorist organizations by Israeli authorities, and that they do not accept the continued abuse of prisoners and the holding of the “bodies of martyrs” in any way.
The Palestinian president added that, “In the event that the Israeli authorities insist on denying bilateral agreements and moving away from the path of peace, we have options, and we will take measures that preserve the rights of our people and their national interests.”
Elsewhere, on her Twitter account, Thomas-Greenfield stated: “Today I met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. We discussed rebuilding the US-Palestinian relationship, ensuring UNRWA lives up to its commitments, the importance of respecting human rights, and our shared commitment to a two-state solution.”