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Palestinians Celebrate UN Vote

Palestinians celebrate as they take part in a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah 29 Nov. The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution 29 Nov. to grant Palestine observer status, implicitly recognizing a Palestinian state. (Photo: CNS/Marko Djurica, Reuters) 

Sabella praised Abbas for mentioning Gaza specifically in his speech at the U.N., in effect sending a message to Gazans and others that he was there as their representative to also speak about their pain.

The U.N. vote was also significant in that it indicates an international interest in supporting a “pragmatic Palestinian leadership,” Sabella said. “The international community is saying something that everyone is seeing, which is (the need for) a two-state solution, and Israel is refusing to see that.”

In an interview with Vatican Radio, Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, custos of the Holy Land, said that “even the Israelis, the majority of them, at least according to the polls that I’ve read in the newspapers, took this step for granted, and they don’t see it so negatively, like the Israeli government is.”

“Everybody is aware that the solution of two peoples and two states, as complicated as it is, is the right path that needs to be taken. And the sooner begun the better it will be,” he said.

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal told Vatican Radio the U.N. vote was “a step forward.”

“I am sure that the day that we have a Palestinian state, made by Palestinians, governed by Palestinians, by Mahmoud Abbas, to start with, will benefit Israel, because Israel will have another nation with which to dialogue and come to agreements with for the well-being of the whole area,” he said.

“We mustn’t be afraid,” he added. “We have to overcome this mutual mistrust and say: We can live in peace, two states, side by side, like the Holy Father has called for more than once.”

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