RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas returned from New York, where he won a UN vote to admit Palestine, to cheering crowds in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday.
Buoyed by the UN General Assembly vote to recognize Palestine as a non-member state, Abbas told thousands assembled outside the presidential compound: "We are now a state."
"The date Nov 29. is now considered a critical moment in Palestinian history," Abbas said.
"The world is with us, and history is with us, God is with us and the future is ours," he told the crowds.
East Jerusalem is now secured as the capital of the Palestinian state, he said, promising the vote would change many facts on the ground.
The vote for Palestine by 138 countries shows the forces of war, settlements and occupation have become even more isolated in the world, he continued.
Abbas said up until the last moment he was under pressure to change the content of his speech, but he refused.
Now, he said, there are several other issues waiting to be achieved, including reconciliation with Hamas. He thanked Palestinian parties for standing behind him with the UN bid.