After 63 years, Palestinians have hope that this September the United Nations will recognize a Palestinian state on 1967 borders, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas wrote in an op-ed published in The New York Times on Tuesday.
The PA president wrote that many have questioned the value behind recognition of statehood if the Israeli occupation continues, while others have accused the Palestinians of derailing the peace process.
"We believe, however, that there is tremendous value for all Palestinians — those living in the homeland, in exile and under occupation," Abbas said.
He noted that the last time Palestinian statehood was addressed at the UN General Assembly was when the international community had to decide over the partitioning of two states - which it approved in 1947. "Minutes after the State of Israel was established on May 14, 1948, the United States granted it recognition. Our Palestinian state, however, remains a promise unfulfilled," Abbas wrote.