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Ramallah, West Bank - Abbas Avoids Clash With Israel Over State Symbols

Published on: January 7, 2013 01:07 PM
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2012 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas waves to the crowd during celebrations for their successful bid to win U.N. statehood recognition. Palestinian officials said Monday Jan. 7, 2013, they will not rush to issue new passports and ID cards with the emblem "State of Palestine" to avoid confrontation with Israel. Last week, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas decreed that in official documents "State of Palestine" must replace "Palestinian Authority," the name of his self-rule government.  (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi, File)FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2012 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas waves to the crowd during celebrations for their successful bid to win U.N. statehood recognition. Palestinian officials said Monday Jan. 7, 2013, they will not rush to issue new passports and ID cards with the emblem "State of Palestine" to avoid confrontation with Israel. Last week, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas decreed that in official documents "State of Palestine" must replace "Palestinian Authority," the name of his self-rule government.  (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi, File)

Ramallah, West Bank - Palestinian officials say they will not rush to issue new passports and ID cards with the emblem “State of Palestine” to avoid confrontation with Israel.

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Last week, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas decreed that in official documents “State of Palestine” must replace “Palestinian Authority,” the name of his self-rule government. His decision came after the U.N. General Assembly recognized a state of Palestine in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem in late November, overriding Israeli objections.

Israel says such a state can only be the result of negotiations.

On Monday, Palestinian officials said documents that need to be presented to Israel, such as passports, will not be changed now.

Abbas aide Saeb Erekat says there’s fear of travel problems because Israel is unlikely to recognize passports with a new emblem.


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 Jan 07, 2013 at 03:07 PM 5TResident Says:

I'm pretty sure Israeli passports would not be allowed in the "State" of Palestine no matter what symbol was used.

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 Jan 07, 2013 at 03:28 PM RebKlemson Says:

Where's the state of palestine? I dont see it on any map

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 Jan 07, 2013 at 04:14 PM radrad Says:

"Abbas aide Saeb Erekat says there’s fear of travel problems because Israel is unlikely to recognize passports with a new emblem" You think so? Not if Labor or Livni win the elections....They may want those passports as well to sow their liberal creed.

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