08.10.2011 10.Tischrei. 5772 Jom Kippur
Abbas says only approached UN after negotiations failed, adding that Palestinians would not be driven to extremism; compares Palestinian detainees in Israel to captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
President Mahmoud Abbas appealed to the Council of Europe on Thursday to support the Palestinians’ bid for statehood, saying his people deserve freedom and an end to the Israeli occupation, Ma’an News Agency reported.
"Today we are at the heart of the Arab spring: we say that the hour of the Palestinian spring has struck," Abbas reportedly told the European parliamentarians, adding, "you supported the Arab spring which was seeking democracy and freedom, now the Palestinian spring has arrived, asking for freedom and an end to the (Israeli) occupation. We deserve your support."…