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Ramallah-based Fatah leader and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Mahmoud Abbas still leads the faltering Palestinian Authority "unity government," which includes Gaza's ruling Hamas terrorist organization.

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chairman and Fatah faction leader Mahmoud Abbas is reportedly planning to ask French President Francois Holland to formally recognize the Palestinian Authority as a sovereign independent nation next week when they meet in Paris.

Abbas, who also still heads the faltering Palestinian Authority unity government, is trying to raise similar support from other European countries as well. However, he doesn’t even have the support of Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza, his erstwhile partner in the “unity” government that he himself has threatened to dissolve.

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The effort comes in advance of the PLO chairman’s planned attempt to seek a resolution from the United Nations Security Council to end Israel’s control over all territory that was won during the 1967 Six Day War.

Among the areas Abbas hopes to claim are numerous neighborhoods in Jerusalem, Israel’s holy capital, as well as the regions of Judea and Samaria, significant parts of which are inhabited by some 400,000 Jews.

A proposal that was reportedly advanced by Egypt — but later denied by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi — would have provided the PA with a tract of land five times the size of Gaza adjacent to the southern enclave for a new sovereign state. In addition, the plan would have offered autonomous status under Israel to existing PA-controlled cities in Judea and Samaria.

Abbas rejected the plan.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

3 COMMENTS

  1. "resolution from the United Nations Security Council to end Israel’s control over all territory that was won during the 1967 Six Day War."

    Far outside UN's mandate

    PA are not allowed under Oslo accords to seek recognitions as a state.

    Recognition does not give ovnership.

  2. abbas is wasting his time and his threats are bull considering San Remo and article 80 of the un which prohibits the creation of a another state in Palestine. france and fh are already ridiculous enough and do not need tobe trashed even more. Anyway Israel would oppose any illegal proceeding and the matter would be shelved and make hollande a FOOL even more than what it is. Even that clown would not dare recognize a terror group like plo a…state! And on Palestine grounds on top of that!

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