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Ra’am Party head pushing US to recognize Palestinian state

"I say to them in a clear manner...It's on you to take an immediate decision to recognize a Palestinian state," said Mansour Abbas in an Arabic-language interview.

Mansour Abbas, head of the Ra'am party, leads a faction meeting in the Knesset on Oct. 4, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.
Mansour Abbas, head of the Ra'am party, leads a faction meeting in the Knesset on Oct. 4, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Mansour Abbas, chairman of Israel’s Ra’am Party, said in a recent interview that he has been advocating for the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state in meetings with U.S. government officials and others.

“Every week I have two or three meetings with international officials, delegations, ambassadors and the like. And I say to them in a clear manner…It’s on you to take an immediate decision to recognize a Palestinian state,” Abbas said in an undated Arabic-language interview, a clip of which was posted to X on March 26.

“It will give Palestinian hope and enable the Palestinian people to concentrate its energies in building an independent, sovereign Palestinian state,” he added.

Asked to whom he had delivered this message, Abbas answered, “The U.S. government, the European Union, the United Nations and the ambassadors of various countries.”

Sixty-three percent of Israeli Jews oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state, according to a survey published late last month.

On Feb. 21, the Knesset plenum voted 99-11 to back a government decision to reject any unilateral recognition of Palestinian statehood, amid reports the Biden administration was considering such a move.

The same survey found that 44% of Israeli Jews said terrorism would intensify should a Palestinian state come into being.

A public opinion poll published on Nov. 14, conducted by the Arab World for Research and Development (AWRAD), found that 75% of Palestinians support Hamas’s Oct. 7 murder spree, which left some 1,200 Israelis dead and thousands wounded, as opposed to only 13% who disapprove.

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