Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas today gave Israel a "one year" deadline to "withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories", threatening otherwise that it would no longer recognize the Jewish state at the 1967 border.
In a speech to the annual UN General Assembly, the Palestinian leader again called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to "convene an international peace conference."
However, he accompanied this request with a form of ultimatum: Israel "has one year to withdraw from the Palestinian territories it occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem."
"We are ready to work during this time on the demarcation of the border and to resolve all issues related to the final status" of the two future states, the Israeli and the Palestinian, he stressed.
"If this is not achieved, why maintain Israel on the basis of the 1967 border?" Abbas said.
In addition, he stated that the Palestinian Authority will appeal to the International Criminal Court within a year for the "legality of the occupation of the territories of the Palestinian state".
"It shows once again that it no longer represents anything," said Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan. "Those who truly support peace and negotiations do not wave delusional threats and ultimatums from the UN platform," he said.