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Abbas in US to ask UN for Palestinian state

by Brad A. Greenberg

September 19, 2011 | 10:23 am

Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas has arrived in New York, where he plans to ask the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state. Via JTA:

“The Palestinian people and their leadership will have very difficult times after the Palestinians approach to the United Nations through the Security Council to seek full membership for the Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital,” Abbas told reporters.

The United States has already made clear it will veto a resolution recognizing Palestinian statehood, though U.S. diplomats are working to avoid that situation.

The irony, of course, is that it was the U.N. who in 1947 offered the Palestinians statehood with the Partition Plan for Palestine. Rather than share this hallowed portion of the Levant, the Palestinian Arabs chose to go to war with the Palestinian Jews.

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