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PA: 2013 must be year of independent Palestine
Published Wednesday 02/01/2013 (updated) 03/01/2013 15:14
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A protester holds the Palestinian flag with the settlement Halamish
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soldiers in Nabi Saleh on Dec. 21. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority cabinet on Wednesday called for 2013 to be the year of an independent Palestinian state and the end of Israeli occupation.

At its weekly meeting, the government said it was determined to "continue and accelerate the pace towards the realization of national sovereignty on the land of the independent state of Palestine."

Slamming recent settlement expansion and tax seizure by Israel, the cabinet called on the world to "assume its responsibility without any hesitation or equivocation, to compel Israel to the rules of international law and relevant international resolutions."

The government also urged the international community to press Israel "to stop undermining the (government’s) standing to undermine our people's ability to stay steadfast."

The West Bank-headquartered authority also urged an end to the division with the Hamas-led government in Gaza.

"The continuing division remains the biggest and most dangerous failure that continues to confront our nation," the cabinet statement said.
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1 ) Outlier / USA
02/01/2013 18:17
Only if the PA negotiates with Israel. Otherwise, more of the same.

2 ) Pally pipe dream / Dream on...
02/01/2013 18:23
"The Palestinian Authority cabinet on Wednesday called for 2013 to be the year of an independent Palestinian state and the end of Israeli occupation."

And if not, there's always 2014/15/16...


3 ) PA (fr) / Pa
02/01/2013 22:49
Then, why are you begging for Russia and China to bail you out so you can pay salaries, etc.? You asked for UN status upgrade. You got it. Now live with what you've done. Start behaving like responsible people, budget & live within that budget. Reliance on donations, aide & begging from your neighbors does not sound mature. Maturity is recognized by when a person accepts responsibility for the consequences of their choices. It's about time, don't you think? No more games! Grow up!

4 ) @ Outlier-1 / USA too
03/01/2013 03:02
You are so correct about "more of the same", where most likely "2013 must be the year for" more PA fantasies & lies, and even by years 3013 or 4013, an independent Palestine is unlikely will exist, unless the PA starts negotiating, and stops pretending that it will not have to compromise/surrender to Israeli refugee/border security demands !!
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