The speech given by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during the opening session of the Palestine National Council was long by any standards. His address, broadcast live from Ramallah on April 30, was two hours of uninterrupted talk.
I was aged 12 when Israel occupied the rest of Palestine. In the summer of 1967, Israel conducted a census and those of us living in Jerusalem were issued residency ID cards different than the rest of the Occupied Territories.
The provocative US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has provided the Palestinian leadership with a unique opportunity. Palestinians can legitimately reject American monopolization of the peace process.