Why Palestinians Opposed Abbas’s Statehood Bid

“We are opposed to return to a path of ‘futile’ negotiations. Our people have the right to pursue resistance in all forms.” — From an appeal by six Palestinian groups to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, against the resolution he submitted to the United Nations.

The widespread opposition among Palestinians to Abbas’s statehood bid is a clear sign that many Palestinians remain opposed to any form of concessions to Israel. It is also an indication of fierce opposition among Palestinians to the resumption of peace talks with Israel.

“Hamas will not accept anything less than all the lands that were occupied in 1948.” — Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar.