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December 19, 2014 8:55 am

Abbas Continues to Pursue UN Measure on Israeli Withdrawal From West Bank

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas before they meet and celebrate iftar, the breaking of the daily fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in Amman, Jordan, on July 16, 2013. Photo: U.S. Department of State.

JNS.orgPalestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that he supports further negotiations over a draft resolution outlining Israel’s United Nations-imposed withdrawal from the West Bank. The measure is currently being considered by the U.N. Security Council.

That resolution, which calls for Israeli forces to withdraw by the end of 2017 from the territories the Jewish state took over after the Six-Day War of 1967, was submitted to the U.N. on Wednesday night by Jordan. If the measure gets the nine affirmative votes it needs to pass, the U.S. will be forced to decide whether or not to use its veto power at the Security Council to stop the resolution.

The U.N. resolution “comes in the context of our political battle to liberate the land and end the occupation of the Palestinian state,” Abbas told a Palestinian leadership meeting, the Associated Pressreported.

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“We will continue in our consultations with the brothers and friends through deliberations, which will take place in the United Nations,” he said.

Meanwhile, Abbas’s advisor on religious and Islamic affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash, said in several sermons in recent months that the ultimate goal of the PA is to claim the entire state of Israel.

“The entire land of Palestine (including all of Israel) is waqf (an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) and is blessed land… It is prohibited to sell, bestow ownership, or facilitate the occupation of even a millimeter of it,” Al-Habbash said, the official PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reported in October, according to Palestinian Media Watch.

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  • Historian

    Israel will NOT give back the land it acquired during the 67 war. Kerry is a puppet of Obama who has no clue as to the history of the conflict and who governed the west bank It certainly was not the Palestinians. Jordon governed the west back. There is no right of return or occupation of any kind. Palestinians are an “illegal people” taking their name from the territory their camps were on Their Arab neighbors refused to allow them to assimilate into their surrounding countries and let them stay in the camps blaming Israel for their situation as an eye sour to the rest of the world.

  • HELEN

    WHEN YOU MENTION PALESTINIANS AS ITS OWN GOVERNMENT YOU ARE INFORMING THE PALESTINAINS WHO THEY ARE AND SUPPOSE TO BE THEN THEY COMMIT VIOLENCE SO THEY CAN HAVE WHAT YOU REPORTED

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