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HOMECOMING Abbas Returns to Hero's Welcome Bernat Armangue / AP Photo

Abbas Returns to Hero's Welcome

After a tense week at the United Nations, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas got a hero's welcome when he returned to the West Bank on Sunday. In front of a cheering crowd of thousands, Abbas declared that a "Palestinian Spring" has begun. "Hold your heads up—you are Palestinian," Abbas said in his remarks, predicting a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. While the U.N. weighs his request for statehood, a process he expects to take about two weeks, Abbas has rejected any blueprint for peace talks with Israel that does not include a halt to Israeli settlements.

September 25, 2011 9:07 AM