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Palestinians Say They Can Declare a State

Palestinian leaders on Saturday reasserted the right to unilaterally declare an independent state in the absence of a peace deal with Israel, responding to Israel’s own threats of one-sided action. The go-it-alone declarations reflect both sides’ frustrations with more than three years of fighting and stalled peace talks. The PLO Executive Committee, one of the Palestinians’ key leadership bodies, met Friday night to discuss the ongoing conflict with Israel and reiterated the right to declare a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Arab parts of Jerusalem — lands that Israel took control of in the 1967 Mideast war. Full Story

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