15 November '16..
Last week, Mahmoud Abbas bragged yet again about his intransigence and refusal to make peace with Israel, daring anyone to find a single difference between the PLO positions today and those of 1988.
What happened in 1988?
On November 15, 1988, Yasir Arafat declared Palestinian "independence" - in a meeting in Algeria.
The media at the time hailed it as a breakthrough, because the "Declaration of Independence" mentioned - but did not accept - UNSC resolution 242, which implies recognition of Israel.
The document, which was crafted by poet Mahmoud Darwish, uses the word "peace" 8 times and its accompanying communique an additional 11 times. For example:
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