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Israeli security increased ahead of Abbas' UN speech

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Israeli security increased ahead of Abbas' UN speech


Israeli security has been stepped up across parts of Jerusalem and the West Bank, ahead of today’s planned statehood speech by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Thousands of officers have been deployed on the streets, in case there is any unrest.

Tensions are high as Palestinians and Israelis alike await Abbas’ speech to the UN General Assembly, after which he is expected to submit his request for statehood recognition.

The Palestinians are pushing for full membership at the United Nations, a move strongly opposed by Israel and the US, who say the only way forward is through negotiations.

“This is a good and brave step for Palestinian people,” said one West Bank resident.

“The President should have done it a long time ago.”

Abbas’ appeal to the UN reflects a loss of faith, after two decades of failed peace talks with Israel.

But the intended bid has sparked a diplomatic crisis and the US has vowed to veto the move.

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