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Abbas expresses hope for Palestinian state by next year

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday that he hopes a Palestinian state will be established next year.
Abbas, who traveled to Bethlehem to greet Christmas revelers in the West Bank city, said "we are seekers of peace in the path of Jesus."
"We hope that next year will be a year of peace by establishing the independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, living side by side with Israel in peace and security," he added.
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