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Abbas lets slip: All of Israel is ‘the occupation’

In recent speech to UN General Assembly, ‘moderate’ Palestinian Authority leader makes his ultimate intentions clear.

By Ari Soffer


Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas continued his diplomatic offensive against Israel last week at the United Nations General Assembly, leveling a wide range of accusations against the Jewish state and calling for an international “protection regime” for Palestinians.

But amidst all the usual bluster, many observers missed a subtle, yet crucial, theme within Abbas’s speech: That far from the “moderate” image he has cultivated, he views all of Israel as “occupied” and illegitimate, and aspires to the destruction of the country in its entirety.

At one point, in comments broadcast live on PA TV and highlighted by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), Abbas referred to Israel’s “67-year occupation” – referring not to the “West Bank” (Judea and Samaria), but to the very founding of the State of Israel in 1948.

“Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, haven’t you wondered: For how long will this protracted Israeli occupation


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