Abbas Upon Arrival in Ramallah: “Now, We Have a State”

RAMALLAH, December 2, 2012 (WAFA) – President of the state of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas Sunday began his speech addressing the thousands of Palestinians who attended the official and popular reception at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, saying “now, we have a state.”

He addressed the people, who came to celebrate the vote on Palestine with him, after the UN session that upgraded the status of Palestine to a non-member observer state, upon returning to Palestine, saying: “November 29, 2012 became a turning point in the history of our national struggle.”

About 75% of world countries have voted in favor of the Palestinian bid at the UN. Abbas said, “We are not alone because God, the world and history are with us. The future is ours.”

He said despite of pressure practiced by a number of countries to retract the Palestinian Authority from pursuing its lawful right and the pressure to change the text of the resolution, PA stood fast against these attempts.

Abbas reiterated that unity and reconciliation are the only guarantee to victory. The people responded with heavy cheering calling for immediate reconciliation and repeating the famous Arab Spring slogan, “The people want ending the division.”

Abbas affirmed that Jerusalem will always be the capital of Palestine and said that this recognition changes the situation on ground.

“If we were to pay attention to the threats against our move, we would have never gone there.” He said that this victory infuriates Israel, whose isolation grew more noticeable.

Abbas called on all Palestinians to restore unity and affirmed that PA will be discussing means to achieve reconciliation in the near future.

Source: WAFA News