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Israeli and Palestinian women 'marching for peace' meet with President Mahmoud Abbas

Oct. 22, 2016 5:05 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 24, 2016 7:13 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas received a delegation of Israeli and Palestinian women at his presidential compound in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday.

The women had been participating in a two-week "March of Hope" throughout Israel and the West Bank.

Abbas welcomed the delegation and "wished them success in their support for peace between Palestinians and Israelis," while also stressing the important role women play in peacemaking initiatives.

Abbas also encouraged the women to continue with more efforts to support peace and a two-state solution.

The women responded with praise for Abbas’ support for the march, which was launched by Women Wage Peace on Oct. 4, and finally concluded on Thursday. 

According to Ma'an estimates, several thousand Israeli and Palestinian women participated in the march, while Israeli newspaper Haaretz estimated the number to be in the tens of thousands.

Haaretz reported that on Wednesday the group demonstrated outside of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s house in Jerusalem, where the women called for peace between the Israel and Palestine. 

While members of the international community have rested the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the discontinuation of illegal Israeli settlements and the establishment of a two-state solution, Israeli leaders have instead shifted further to the right.

A number of Palestinian activists have criticized the two-state solution as unsustainable and unlikely to bring durable peace, proposing instead a binational state with equal rights for Israelis and Palestinians.
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