'State of Palestine' is born

2013-01-06 18:16

Ramallah - The Palestinian president has ordered his government to officially change the name of the Palestinian Authority to "State of Palestine".

The move follows the November decision by the United Nations to upgrade the Palestinians' status to that of a "non-member observer state".

President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that all official Palestinian stamps, stationery and documents will now bear the new name.

A statement from his office said the move was aimed at enhancing Palestinian "sovereignty on the ground" and was a step on the way to "real independence". Israel still controls most of the West Bank.

Israel objected to the Palestinian statehood bid at the UN, calling it a unilateral step aimed at bypassing direct peace negotiations. Abbas denied that.

Israel had no comment on Sunday.

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-01-06 18:36

    God is great allah akhbar - 2013-01-07 02:49

      Yup... and he really loves you, that's why there is so much suffering in countries with that religion. But we'll blame the West for that instead of looking inward and self reflecting. As they say though, it must be Gods will.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2013-01-07 12:24

      Your Allah and Islam is proving to be weak and ineffective.

      Elisha - 2013-01-15 13:51

      @ Larry. I agree with you. The true God is The God of Israel. Moses, Abraham, Jacob. The God of The Bible is the only true God and He will be proven when once again Israel is victorious against all odds, just like the 6 Day War Miracle!

  • raymond.mcnelly - 2013-01-06 18:36

    Proof that if you tell a lie enough times that it becomes the truth.

      lownabester - 2013-01-06 20:19

      Patrick dont you think its time to go play in the traffic.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-06 21:15

      . It is good news, but the reality is, that without the HATRED AND SUPPORT OF VIOLENCE from the lunatics of the violent left, The Palestine State, would be a lot more mature by now. THEY are the enemy of the Palestinians !!!!!

      larry.lachman.54 - 2013-01-07 06:47

      Palestinians can have their state, but it will never include any part of Jerusalem, or Jewish settlements which will be annexed by Israel, and Israel will remain in control militarily, and there will be no return of Palestinian refugees. So instead of negotiating for something better by dropping unacceptable demands, the palestinians are instead taking for themselves a little bit of nothing.

  • fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-06 19:19

    If Palestine becomes a 'state party', crimes committed in Palestinian territory by Israel fall under ICC jurisdiction. And this includes the future transfer of more Settlers into the 'Territory'. "The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies." - 4th Geneva Convention, Article 49

      larry.lachman.54 - 2013-01-07 06:51

      If the Palestinians push too hard, the Israeli backlash will be severe. There is nothing to stop Israel from annexing further territories and reducing the 'Palestinian state' into dissociated cantons.

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-07 06:58

      There is, it's the intl community and the possibility of Israel being isolated, just like apartheid SA was. The Israeli leaders know this. Israeli citizens know this as well. You on the other hand have nothing to loose as you are in SA and don't have to pay for Israel's belligerence and can therefore afford to be hawkish. Actions have consequences and Israel will learn this fact!

      larry.lachman.54 - 2013-01-07 08:06

      Israel will never be completely isolated, and its main benefactor, the USA, will bow before Netanyahoo as it has continued to do so in recent past, so as to appease the powerful Jewish lobby and their donations.

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-07 08:49

      Occasionally, driven by exuberance or hubris, nationalists have always stuck to their belligerent claims, thumping their chests in some kind of self assurance therapy. Israel is already isolated diplomatically, except in the US, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru and Palau. Obama is about to appoint Hagel as US Sec. of Defense, in complete disregard for the Zionist lobby and their neo con beneficiaries in Washington. A guy that is known to have strong misgivings about Zionist influence in the US politics, and Israel's policies towards the Palestinians, not forgetting his stance on the so called Iranian nuclear weapons' issue. Zionists in the US are in over drive trying to discredit him!

      larry.lachman.54 - 2013-01-07 09:28

      Obama will not go far enough, while Netanyahoo will just announce even more new construction in West Bank settlements. Just a little tit for tat between friends.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2013-01-07 18:23

      Thanks Zaks. Moral liberalism will sink Israel faster than the Titanic. As to the lying, bribing nonsense - well, compared to any of the despotic regimes neighboring Israel, fighting fire with fire is passe. Doing it with style and panache. The palestinians have not a hope in hell of getting anything, let alone their ridiculous demands.

  • Khadija Osman - 2013-01-06 20:02

    what a load of crap. comment on the story and not other topics which u know nothing off anyway

  • richard.serraou - 2013-01-06 20:34

    These greedy hamas bastards, won't stop untill they are all dead. They are the most outspoken extreme recist group on the planet currently and deserve world sanctions put against them.

      richard.serraou - 2013-01-06 21:57

      @rude.awakening. ??? Kill myself? I'm not a moron ie martyr... Hamas wants to kill Jews! Its what they declare and what they stand for! Seeing as yousit on the fence... Go find an electric one

      rude.awakning - 2013-01-06 22:47

      your day of truth will come when the west kick your ass for the terrorist that you are! And align themselves with ordinary peaceloving people on both side of the conflict. You are one of those that live elsewhere, out of harms way but want to fuel a lasting fire in this conflict for your own selfish reasons!

  • simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-06 21:22

    Go Palestine!!!

  • renard.souza - 2013-01-06 22:26

    Bob and Lowna, shame man is the Israeli bully's now getting a little of their own medicine. Look what happens when the USA doesn't play big brother for u anymore!!!

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2013-01-06 23:25

    I have had Jewish freinds,and i always found them to be freindly and rational people.I think the conflict there is due to a lack of communication and misunderstanding.Good on both sides.

  • rudolph.stoltz.9 - 2013-01-07 07:45

    The always continues. Satans little rodents.

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