State11 ديسمبر 2012, hossamezzedine @ 1:54 م
‘ Abbas says after UN vote
by Hossam Ezzedine
ATTENTION – UPDATES with Ban warning ///
RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories, Dec 2, 2012 (AFP) – Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas returned home to a hero’s welcome on Sunday after winning upgraded UN status, even as Israel imposed reprisals that UN chief Ban Ki-moon said dealt an “almost fatal blow” to any peace prospects.
“Now we have a state,” Abbas told cheering crowds at his headquarters in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.”
“Palestine has accomplished a historic achievement at the UN,” he added, three days after the United Nations General Assembly granted the Palestinians non-member state observer status in a 138-9 vote.
“The world said in a loud voice… yes to the state of Palestine, yes to Palestine’s freedom, yes to Palestine’s independence, no to aggression, no to settlements, no to occupation,” Abbas told the ecstatic audience.
But the Palestinian UN success has not been without repercussions.
Washington has warned it could withhold funds to the already cash-strapped Palestinian Authority and Israel said on Sunday that it would not transfer millions of dollars in tax duties it levies from the Palestinians.
On Friday, Israel revealed plans to build 3,000 settler homes in the West Bank including annexed east Jerusalem, and to revive a dormant project in a highly contentious area known as E1, a corridor that runs east from the far edge of the the Holy City into the heart of the West Bank.
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