state of palestine


The following article illustrates just how powerless Mahmoud Abbas’ government really is! Abbas has insisted on renaming all PA Authority stationary and official letterhead with the proud title ‘State of Palestine’, but when Israel says it won’t honour passports that carry the new title or logo, Abbas immediately backs down.

Who am I to judge, but in his ongoing attempts to ‘cooperate’ with the occupying forces, Abbas consistently achieves nothing for his people. Perhaps images broadcast around the world of tens of thousands of Palestinians unable to move through checkpoints would have seen the issue quickly decided in Abbas’ favour? Even so, who am I to judge?

Father Dave


Israel Rejects Possible Use of “State of Palestine” Passports

Israel has warned Palestinian Authority officials that it will not honor passports with the “State of Palestine” printed on it. The Palestinian Authority has responded by saying that it will not rush to print passports or identification cards bearing the name “State of Palestine” due to concerns that such a move will prevent Palestinian Arab movement through Israeli crossings.

“As far as the Israelis are concerned, we are not going to overload the wagon of our people by putting ‘State of Palestine’ on passports,” PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Monday. “They (Israelis) will not allow them to travel.”

Erekat said the new emblem will be used in correspondence with countries that have recognized a state of Palestine.

“At the end of the day, the Palestinian Authority won’t cause trouble for its people,” Nour Odeh, a spokeswoman for Abbas’ government, said, according to Israel Hayom.

Last week PA President Mahmoud Abbas signed a decree to officially change the name of the PA to “State of Palestine” following its status upgrade at the United Nations in November.

Palestinian Authority diplomatic missions around the world have been told to use the new names, including those in countries that did not vote “yes” at the General Assembly, said Omar Awadallah, a PA Foreign Ministry official.

According to Israel Hayom, Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev dismissed the name change as pointless but declined comment on whether Israel would retaliate in any way. “Instead of looking for gimmicks, Palestinians should negotiate with Israel to bring about the end of the conflict,” he said. “That will lead to a situation of two states for two peoples.”


What is Mahmoud Abbas up to?

Normally when we speak of a government ‘rubber-stamping’ something we mean that the action is quite trivial, but in this case it’s the rubber-stamps and the office stationary that are being changed and it all seems highly significant!

Surely the change of name, in and of itself, will do little to affect the international standing of the Palestinian people, apart from aggravate Israel. Perhaps Abbas’ rationale is the morale-building effect he foresees for the Palestinian people themselves?

Father Dave


Palestinian Authority gives way to the ‘State of Palestine’

Mohammed Mar’i

Saudi Gazette

RAMALLAH – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered all Palestinian institutions to stop using the term Palestinian National Authority on official documents, a report said Friday.

The state-run Wafa news agency said that Abbas asked the institutions, including all Palestinian missions abroad, to replace the term with “the State of Palestine” in accordance with the UN recognition of Palestine as a nonmember observer state.

The report said that the change went into effect immediately, and was applied to official documents, seals and medals.

The report said that the embassies should “coordinate the change with the (Palestinian) Ministry of Foreign Affairs” to handle it with the countries that opposed the Palestinian move at the UN General Assembly.

According to presidential decree, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), with whom Israel signed the Oslo Peace Accords, will not change its official documents, signs and seals.

On Sunday, a senior PLO official recommended that the Palestinian Authority (PA) add the label “State of Palestine” to all of its official documents and signs. Sa’eb Erekat, a member of the PLO’s Executive Committee and head of its Negotiations Department, also suggested that the PA prepare a new constitution, achieve reconciliation with Hamas, and seek membership in UN conventions and agencies following the upgrading of the status.

The PLO official said that following the UN vote, the “occupation has become an occupation of a member of the UN by another member. This requires creating a new political dynamic and approach between the international community and Israel.”