Just as surely as the United Nations General Assembly begins its session this week, enemies of Israel and the United States have begun their attacks there. Israel Hayom reports that Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas has invited 40 nations to a conference to derail any peace between Israel and the Palestinians, not inviting the Jewish state or the U.S.:
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is planning to host a conference of world leaders and high-ranking diplomats on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly this week with the expressed intention of undermining U.S. President Donald Trump's regional peace plan, Channel 10 News reported Monday.
Relations between Washington and Ramallah have been particularly strained since U.S. President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital last December and subsequently moved the U.S. Embassy there in May. The move outraged Palestinians, who envision east Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
Abbas has since refused to engage with any of Trump's Middle East envoys, saying that the U.S. bias in favor of Israel proves it cannot act as an impartial mediator in regional peace talks.
The Trump administration has taken several other steps against the Palestinian Authority, including suspending the large U.S. contribution to the U.N. aid agency assisting Palestinian refugees and shuttering the Palestine Liberation Organization's mission in Washington.
The United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany, as well as diplomats from 40 nations and international organizations, have been invited to the conference scheduled for Wednesday, the report said.
Titled "Salvaging the Two-State Solution, Defending the International Rules-Based System..."