The United Nations Security Council will begin discussing the Palestinian request for membership as a state on Monday.
As discussions begin, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to Israel, a day after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas received a hero’s welcome home Sunday.
Thousands of cheering, flag-waving Palestinians welcomed Abbas when he returned.
Abbas presented his request on Friday before delivering a fiery speech calling for recognition as a state. He was followed shortly after by Netanyahu, who presented Israel’s story.
Calling the U.N. bid, the “Palestinian Spring,” Abbas told the crowd at home he had carried their hopes and dreams to the U.N.
He emphasized what he called a peaceful struggle for recognition. The throng responded with chants of “In souls and blood we’ll free Palestine.”
Abbas’ popularity has soared since Friday. Even Palestinians in Gaza celebrated, despite Hamas opposition to Abbas’ U.N. request.
Emboldened since Friday, Abbas has called for a change in the peace accords with Israel. He refused to negotiate unless there’s building freezes in Israeli communities in biblical Judea and Samaria – the West Bank.
Israel is much more sober.
Source: CBN News | Julie Stahl