Israel is defying the world by "sabotaging" Peace - South African President Jacob Zuma

Israel is defying the world by “sabotaging” Peace – South African President Jacob Zuma

PRETORIA: Israel is defying the world by “sabotaging” prospects for a two state solution through its settlements policy, South African President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday as he welcomed visiting Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas. “The truth is the fact that the overwhelming majority in the world agrees with the position of two states living side by side in peace, but we’ve a problem of a state that is defying all of that,” said Zuma. “We reiterate our call for the absolute cessation of all settlement activities,” he told a joint news conference with Abbas. Criticising the way the United Nations works, he added: “I do not believe the system should let that one nation can defy the world.” South Africa had appointed two special envoys for the task and was prepared to assist with discussions between the Palestinians and Israel, Zuma added.Abbas said the Palestinians sought to profit from South Africa’s “successful experiences” in developing an independent state. “The Palestinians are the last nation in the world that’s still living under occupation,” Abbas said. Zuma’s ruling African National Congress is a firm supporter of the Palestinian cause, with politicians regularly comparing Israel to the former racist apartheid state in South Africa. The white minority government had cooperative relationships with Israel, but when Nelson Mandela was elected first democratic president in 1994, he pledged to support Palestine, saying: “South Africa’s freedom is incomplete without [...]
Mahmoud Abbas calls Holocaust most heinous crime against humanity

Mahmoud Abbas calls Holocaust most heinous crime against humanity

Abbas calls Holocaust most heinous crime against humanity Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas called the Nazi Holocaust “probably the most heinous crime” against mankind today, within an apparent bid to create links with Israel days after struggling peace talks collapsed. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the overture on Sunday, saying Abbas’s Palestinian power-sharing deal with Hamas, which brought Israel to suspend the talks on Thursday, placed him in relationship having an Islamist party that denies the Holocaust and tries the Jewish state’s destruction.“What I tell him quite simply is this: President Abbas, tear-up your pact with Hamas,” Netanyahu said about the CBS news program Face the Country. Abbas’s information, printed in English and Arabic from the official Palestinian news agency WAFA, involved a manifestation of concern for the groups of the patients, and coincided with Israel’s annual memorial day for that 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. “What happened to the Jews inside the Holocaust may be the most heinous crime to have happened against humanity within the modern period,” WAFA quoted Abbas as saying in a conference a week before having an American rabbi. By talking in superlative terms, Abbas might risk a backlash from Palestinians who draw comparisons between their suffering in the hands of Israeli occupiers which of Jews under Hitler’s Third Reich. Abbas has condemned the mass murders of Jews in World War Two before and questioned accusations, arising from the 1983 book he published, [...]