Abbas: 2017 Will Be ‘The Year of the Palestinian State’

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - JANUARY 27: In this handout image provided by the Palestinian Press Office, President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at a meeting of the African Union on January 27, 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Photo by Thaer Ghanaim/PPO/Getty Images)
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The Times of Israel reports: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday told Fatah party officials that 2017 would be “the year of the independent Palestinian state.”

At a torch-lighting ceremony marking the 52nd anniversary of Fatah’s founding, Abbas hailed the recent UN anti-settlement resolution as a diplomatic victory.

“The settlements are illegal, and in recent days, we were given an unprecedented decision regarding this issue,” he told members of his party at the ceremony, held at the grave of former PLO leader Yasser Arafat in Ramallah, Channel 10 news reported.

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