File - In this Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Overshadowed by last week's showdown between the U.S. and North Korea, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued an ominous warning in his address to the United Nations: With hopes running out for an independent Palestinian state, the Palestinian leader said he may have no choice but to seek a single, binational state with Israel.Abbas was a mastermind and negotiator of the historic Oslo peace accords of the '90s – interim deals that set a five-year goal for reaching a final agreement. Since then, he has remained a vocal supporter of pursuing a negotiated peace agreement that would establish an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel.Abbas has issued similar threats before.The international community, including Trump's predecessors, has long supported the two-state solution, believing that partitioning the land into Israeli and Palestinian states is the best way to ensure peace.The result is a complicated reality where Israeli settlers enjoy the protection of the Israeli military and the rights of Israeli citizenship, while Palestinians are subject to a combination of autonomy under Abbas' Palestinian Authority and Israeli military law.Since Trump's election, Netanyahu has stopped talking about a two-state solution.It seems unlikely that Abbas will follow through on his warning.
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