Palestinians want Israel peace deal in 9 months

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he will continue recently resumed negotiations with Israel with “an insistence on success” and the aim of reaching a peace deal within nine months.

Abbas stressed that the Palestinians will reject an interim or transitional agreement that could become “eternalized.”

“Our objective is to achieve a permanent and comprehensive agreement and a peace treaty between the state of Palestine and Israel that resolves all outstanding issues and answers all questions, which allows us to officially declare an end of conflict and claims,” he said.

Abbas said Thursday he was honored to address the U.N. General Assembly “for the first time in the name of the state of Palestine” since the 193-member world body raised Palestine’s status last year to an observer state. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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