In his statement Tuesday, Abbas asserted that the White House has contradicted "its own commitments and has violated worldwide law and the relevant [U.N.] resolutions with its decision regarding Jerusalem".
But the proposal for an worldwide conference was warmly received by other council members, including Russian Federation and France, who have long sought to play a larger role in the Middle East peace process.
"We appreciated the opportunity to listen to his speech".
"One reason we did that is our well-founded belief that the United Nations spends an altogether disproportionate amount of time on Israeli-Palestinian issues". "Trying to sideline the US from the peace process is futile and raises genuine questions about the Palestinian leader's own commitment to peace".
During a rare address to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for an global Middle East peace conference to be convened by the middle of this year.
In a rare address to the UN Security Council, Abbas said he would step up efforts to achieve full UN membership for Palestine and urged countries that have yet to recognise it to do so.
But gaps to bridge remained seemingly before peace talks could reconvene, as Haley had alluded to in her speech dismissing "old talking points and undeveloped concepts". "They will be part of the collective process for sure", said Mansour.
Striking a more conciliatory note, Abbas endorsed the two-state solution and the Arab Peace Initiative, and also pledged that elections would soon be held in the Palestinian territories. Top Palestinian officials condemned the move, saying it disqualified the U.S. from playing the role of arbiter.
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US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the Security Council spent a disproportionate amount of time listening to Israel-Palestine issues.
"You can choose to put aside your anger about our embassy and move forward with us", she said.
"I sit here today offering the outstretched hand of the United States to the Palestinian people in the cause of peace", she said.
Another area where Abbas appeared to retreat from his hard line was in describing calls in December by the Palestine Liberation Organization council to rupture ties with Israel. And we say Israel must uphold its obligations as an occupying power.
Housing Minister Mufid al-Hasayna thanked Qatar for its support for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, as reported in al-Quds.
"You don't have to like that decision", she said, of Trump's Jerusalem move.
Abbas also denied that the Palestinians engage in terrorism and incitement to violence, saying his people are "committed to fostering a culture of peace and rejection of violence", and their goal "is one thing only: fighting terrorism".
Netanyahu in his own statement said Abbas "offered nothing new".
Israel has previously made clear it rejects the Palestinians' preference to internationalise the peace process in place of bilateral talks.