Abbas Defines All of Israel as ‘Occupied’ in TV Interview

JERUSALEM – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas defined all of Israel as an “occupation ” in an Arabic-language interview, contradicting comments he has made in the past to the Israeli media. Abbas, ostensibly Israel’s best option as a partner in peace talks, said on official PA television that the Palestinians “have been under occupation for 67 or 68 years,” thus dating the beginning of the occupation, as he calls it, to the establishment of Israel in 1948 and not the end of the 1967 Six Day War, when Israel took the West Bank from Jordanian hands. “Others would have sunk into despair

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