The Palestinian Authority president has announced to the UN General Assembly that he is seeking 'super observer' status for the Palestinian Authority.
AFP's report on the statements of the Palestinian premier quoted him as dubbing Israel's settlement activity in the West Bank "ethnic cleansing."
These statements come a year after his attempts of getting full Palestine full membership in the United Nations were vetoed by the United States.
Abbas contends that it is evident through its policies towards the Palestinians that Israel "rejects the two-state solution."
Mr. Abbas also claimed that "Israel is promising the Palestinian people a new catastrophe, a new Nakba."
The Jerusalem Post further quoted Abbas as stating at the hands of "terrorist militias of Israeli settlers" Palestinians:
"are facing relentless waves of attacks against our people, our mosques, churches and monasteries, and our homes and schools; they are unleashing their venom against our trees, fields, crops and properties, and our people have become fixed targets for acts of killing and abuse with the complete collusion of the occupying forces and the Israeli government."
Abbas continues to assert that he believes meaningful negotiations with Israel are still possible and feasible, he has stated that "there is still a chance - maybe the last - to save the two-state solution and to salvage peace."