Arab League Mulls Expanding Mediators Quartet on Middle East Settlement

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will attend the United Nations Security Council's meeting on the situation in the Middle East on February 20, the body's monthly president said Thursday.

Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon on Thursday said that Abbas's address at the UN Security Council would further damage prospects for direct peace talks with Israel.

Israel's UN Ambassador Danon said in a statement Thursday that Abbas is "seeking to put an end to any possibility of negotiations with Israel".

"By continuing to act against the United States and seeking unilateral action against Israel, Abbas is completely misreading today's reality and harming the prospects for a better future for his people", he continued.

Abbas will attend the routine monthly meeting on the Middle East, which focuses on the Israel-Palestinian issue.

The Arab minister also emphasized the rejection of attempts to end the role and mandate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (UNRWA) through the systematic Israeli campaigns and the reduction of its funding by the U.S. administration.

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The Kuwaiti ambassador added that he had "not received any request" from the Palestinian Mission to the United Nations in relation to upgrading their status at the United Nations from observer state to full membership.

The soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinians who were marching against the ongoing Israeli occupation and its colonialist policies, in addition to the illegal USA recognition of occupied Jerusalem as the unified capital of Israel, in direct violation of International Law and all related United Nations and Security Council resolutions.

The monthly council meeting typically includes a briefing by the United Nations special envoy for the Middle East peace process and statements by both the Palestinian and Israeli envoys.

This in order to adopt the peace process, the State of Palestine's efforts to gain full membership in the United Nations and join global organizations and conventions in order to strengthen its legal and worldwide status.

Carter bridged wide gaps between the rigid Egyptian and Israeli leaders, Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin, leading to the Camp David accords in September 1978.

Last week, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Abbas of not having the "courage" of Sadat or the late King Hussein of Jordan who made peace with Israel. History has provided such leaders in the past.