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Abbas says unafraid of Israel, US threats
Published Thursday 29/11/2012 (updated) 30/11/2012 08:55
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NEW YORK (Ma’an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he was ready to address the UN General Assembly in New York before it upgrades Palestine's status at the United Nations.

"The whole world realizes that the Palestinian Authority with all its political, security, services and administrative bodies has been ready to upgrade its status for six years," Abbas told reporters.

The president said he was determined to go to the UN despite pressure from countries opposed to the initiative and Palestinians have a right to sovereignty on what is left of their homeland.

Referring to threats from Israel and the United States, Abbas said "if the Israeli authorities want to threaten my life, they can," because he already lives under occupation along with all Palestinians.

The US State Department said Wednesday that Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and US Middle East peace envoy David Hale traveled to New York on Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to get Abbas to reconsider.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeated to reporters in Washington the US view that the Palestinian move was misguided and efforts should focus instead on reviving the stalled Middle East peace process.

"The path to a two-state solution that fulfills the aspirations of the Palestinian people is through Jerusalem and Ramallah, not New York," she said. "The only way to get a lasting solution is to commence direct negotiations."

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland reiterated US warnings that the move could lead to a reduction of US economic support for the Palestinians.

The Palestinian resolution will change the Palestinian Authority's UN observer status from "entity" to "non-member state," like the Vatican. It is expected to pass easily later Thursday.

Abbas has been leading the campaign to win support for the resolution, and over a dozen European governments have offered him their support after an eight-day conflict this month in the Gaza Strip.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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1 ) shirley / australia
29/11/2012 13:17
please war crminaal kill all Clinton has the audacity to speak of peace Us has shown its true face and this is about US interests nothing more Decades of talks have lead no where and at no time has US been more apposed to pal state and not just for Isreals sake Obama did nothing but smoke and mirrors tricks for yrs and promised Isreal Jerusalem and no right of return and has now recognized Jerusalemas Isreal and doing nothing for yrs to stop Isrealand endorsed ground invasion GAZA

2 ) shirley / australia
29/11/2012 13:39
good for you PRESIDENT ABBASS you have finally found the inner strenghth and courage needed to make real change for palestine people this is not easy task and had my doubts you would on anad off but praise ypour courage to do what is best for long suffering palestinains and mE collapsing under US NATO wars may god bless you always for finding courage to take this step in hindsite you will never regret it and all peace loving people will thank you and PALS rejoiceGOD IS BY YOUR SIDE

3 ) Tobias / USA
29/11/2012 14:10
Being a state has many responsibilities that Abbas will soon learn, and
surely Neither "the Israeli authorities (Nor the US) want to threaten his life", and Palestine is NOT entitled to what Israel and the US may discontine freely giving away, and Israelis also "have a right to sovereignty on what is left of their (ancient) homeland, including E Jerusalem, Hebron, Bethlehem, etc. !!

4 ) Tibi / Tubas
29/11/2012 15:05
NETANYAHU said that "the PA's statehood bid was meaningless", but he
IS WRONG, since Palestine now exists at the UN General Assembly !!

And, PALESTINIAN SOVEREIGNTY EXISTS IN GAZA & AREAS A/B,
and just like any other two states, PALESTINE and Israel WILL
HAVE TO DEAL WITH each other from THIS REALITY !!!

5 ) International / Law
29/11/2012 17:26
By doing this the PA has officially buried the Oslo accords in the same way as their predecessors buried the UN Partition Plan. Let nobody claim any more rights under UN resolutions or international laws. The representatives of Palestinians have wiped the legal slate clean. Its time for a new way!

6 ) Haghal / Iran
29/11/2012 17:35
@Tobias: Israel was created in 1948. Don't you know history? European Jew immigrants have no right on Palestine. They took all the land by force.You are talking about 3 thousand years ago while all these injustice happened less than a century ago...

7 ) @ Haghal-6 / USA
29/11/2012 19:04
In 1948, the Armies of Egypt and TransJordan also "took the land by force," which is hardly a legal basis for even Egyptian, Jordanian claims, and certainly NOT for "Palestinian's 1967 border" claims.
Also, you should "know history", where Palestine was NOT "created in 1948", but it was technically created in today, which as points out Tibi-4,
has "sovereignty in Gaza and Areas A/B" ONLY now, and likely forever !!!

8 ) @ "A New Way" #5 / USA
29/11/2012 19:09
You are right that "PALESTINIANS have wiped the legal slate clean",
and they WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH ISRAEL from this new "slate clean",
just like any other states, WITHOUT EXPECTING ANYTHING FOR NOTHING !!


9 ) tobias in jewish fairy tales / USA
29/11/2012 19:26
grow up superstitous moron

10 ) carlos / usa
29/11/2012 19:38
like Haghal/Iran, and shirly

11 ) @ "superstitous moron" #9 / Bible & Archeaology
29/11/2012 21:03
Much of the civilized world already accepts what you call "jewish fairy tales," from the Bible, on faith alone, and
Everyone else has incontrovertable proof, except for "superstitous morons," that deny the basic archaeologic facts, like the Hebrew Patriarch's Tombs in Hebron & Bethlehem, the Titus Arch in Rome, the Mesha Stele from Dhibon Jordan (now in the Louvre/Paris), the Menepta/Israel stele, stele Dan, countless mosaic floors in Gaza, Jericho, Tiberius, etc., etc. !!!

12 ) Amira / Canada
30/11/2012 02:26
Bravo to Abbas for refusing to submit to threats.
As to the illegal occupation of Palestine, the biblical history scenario is that they invade, occupy other people's land, make mayhem and then they get kicked out. Same scenario will happen.
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