PALESTINIAN FLAG RAISED AT U.N.

The Palestinian flag was raised outside the headquarters of the United Nations in New York for the first time Wednesday afternoon, a watershed moment that won support on many fronts but drew condemnation from Israel and the United States.

Under cloudy skies, the historic and politically sensitive moment occurred at 1:16 p.m. at the U.N.’s Rose Garden. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the occasion a “day of pride for the Palestinian people” and a “day of hope.” “Now is the time to restore confidence by both Israelis and Palestinians for a peaceful settlement and, at last, the realization of two states for two peoples,” he said. During his General Assembly speech, however, Abbas accused Israel of not committing to the Oslo Accords and, in response said, “They leave us no choice but to insist that we will not remain the only ones committed to the implementation of these agreements, while Israel continuously violates them.”

Abbas declared what he called “Palestine” as a “state under occupation.”

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