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Excerpted from Israel National News: PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Sunday promised someday the PA flag would fly over “Jerusalem, eternal capital of the state of Palestine.”
Thousands of people greeted Abbas rapturously upon his return from the United Nations, where the General Assembly granted the PLO, representing the PA, upgraded status as a nonmember observer state.
“Raise your heads high, because you are Palestinians!” Abbas told the joyous crowd, waving PA flags in the PA capital of Ramallah, located in Samaria.
“You have proof that you are stronger than the occupation, because you are Palestinians… stronger than the settlements, because you are Palestinians.
“We were threatened with punishment and sanctions from various sides,” Abbas continued, in a reference to attempts by the United States and Israel to dissuade him from proceeding with the application.
“And if we had listened to those threats we wouldn’t have gone to the U.N.
“One day, a young Palestinian will raise the Palestinian flag over Jerusalem,” he vowed, “the eternal capital of the state of Palestine!”
Excerpted from The Jerusalem Post: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday vowed to pursue efforts to end the split between the West Bank and Gaza and thanked Hamas and all Palestinian groups for supporting his statehood bid at the UN.
Abbas, who was speaking to thousands of supporters in Ramallah during a rally organized by the PA to celebrate the UN General Assembly’s vote in favor of upgrading the status of the Palestinians to non-member observer state, said he would focus his efforts now on “restoring unity of the Palestinians and their lands and institutions.”
The crowd, which consisted mostly of PA civil servants and Fatah activists, responded by chanting, “We want national unity!” and “With blood and soul, we redeem Abu Mazen [Abbas].”
In the coming days, Abbas said, “We will study accelerating moves to achieve reconciliation [with Hamas].”
Abbas hailed the outcome of the UN vote as an “historic achievement,” adding that November 29 has become a “decisive turning point in our national struggle.”
Noting that more than 75% of the UN members had voted in favor of the statehood bid, Abbas said that most of the countries that had abstained congratulated the Palestinians on their achievement.
“The message to us is very clear,” he said. “We are not alone. History is with us. The future belongs to us and God is with us.”
Abbas said he decided to go to the UN despite pressure and warnings from several parties. “They told us that if we go the world would explode,” he added. “They asked us to postpone the move. Finally, they told us to change our policy and project. But we remained steadfast and triumphed because the world heard the voices of our people.”
Abbas said he was presenting the UN “victory” as a gift to the the “soul of the late leader Yasser Arafat.” He said that the Palestinians would continue to march in the footsteps of Arafat.
Abbas said the Palestinians would continue their struggle until the Palestinian flag is raised over the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City and churches. He said that Jerusalem was the “eternal capital of the State of Palestine.”
Abbas said he was also presenting the UN “victory” to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails for their “legendary sacrifices and steadfastness.”
Abbas boasted that the UN vote has both provoked and isolated Israel in the international arena.”
Abbas concluded his speech by telling Palestinians to “raise your heads high because you are Palestinians and you have proven that you are stronger than occupation and settlements.”
Hamas responded to Abbas’s call for unity by calling for “urgent meetings” between the two sides to solve their differences.
Hamas representative Salah Bardaweel pointed out that Abbas did not set pre-conditions for ending the dispute during his speech in Ramallah.
Bardaweel noted that Palestinians who greeted Abbas had chanted slogans in favor of ending the Hamas-Fatah rivalry.
“This shows that there is a real desire for achieving reconciliation,” the Hamas official said.