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Abbas says PLO will not recognize pre-1967 borders unless Israel withdraws

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, amid declining popularity, gave Israel one year to withdraw from the occupied territories along the 1967 border, but appears to intensify meetings with Israelis in a bid to move the peace process forward.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech remotely at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly meeting at UN headquarters, New York, Sept. 24, 2021.

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian Authority (PA) is going through a challenging period amid a decline in its popularity for several reasons, notably the postponement of the general elections, the killing of government critic Nizar Banat and the attack on freedoms.

As part of efforts to restore its image, the PA has been trying to attract the world and local attention once again, as was the case with President Mahmoud Abbas’ virtual address to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 24, in which he gave Israel one year to withdraw from the Palestinian territories it occupied in 1967.

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