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Abbas, in Times Op-Ed, Urges U.N. To Support a Palestinian State

United Nations member states should support the move to declare Palestinian independence in September of this year, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wrote in a New York Times op-ed on Tuesday, adding that such a move would also allow the Palestinians to pursue their claims against Israel.

By recognizing a Palestinian state, Abbas wrote, “the United Nations would pave the way for the internationalization of the conflict as a legal matter, not only a political one.”

“It would also pave the way for us to pursue claims against Israel at the United Nations, human rights treaty bodies and the International Court of Justice,” he added, saying that the Palestinians were going to the UN “to secure the right to live free in the remaining 22 percent of our historic homeland because we have been negotiating with the State of Israel for 20 years without coming any closer to realizing a state of our own.”

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