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Frustrated Abbas Gives Israel Ultimatum In Harsh UN Address

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In this photo taken from video, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas remotely addresses the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in a pre-recorded message, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at UN headquarters. (UN Web TV via AP)

(AP) — President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday gave Israel one year to end its occupation of territories the Palestinians want for a future state. He threatened to withdraw political recognition — a cornerstone of three decades of failed peace efforts — if it failed to do so.

In an unusually harsh but vague speech to the the U.N. General Assembly, he accused Israel of “apartheid” and “ethnic cleansing.” Those are explosive terms rarely employed by the 85-year-old leader, who has long been committed to a two-state solution. He spoke against a backdrop showing the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, a flashpoint holy site, and a series of maps of the region showing Israel’s territorial expansion.

 

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