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Ahead of that speech, word was that Abbas had reportedly told Jewish leaders he would be showing a certain sensitivity to Israel and/or acknowledging Jewish rights in the holy land.

In fact, his speech did mention Abraham — a figure central to the Jewish narrative, but important on Muslim tradition too. That mention apart, the speech was strikingly bitter in tone — including accusations of government-orchestrated racism, ethnic cleansing and apartheid against the Palestinian people.

It will be interesting to see how Netanyahu, set to speak in a few minutes, will relate to Abbas in his address, for all that his primary focus will be on Iran.

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