by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik.. Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas speaks in different languages to different audiences. To his own Palestinian population Abbas defines all of Israel as an “occupation.” In an interview on official PA TV, Abbas stated that Palestinians have been occupied since Israel’s establishment in 1948:“We have been under occupation for 67 or 68 years (i.e., since Israel’s establishment in 1948). Others would have sunk into despair and frustration. However, we are determined to reach our goal because our people stands behind us.” To foreign audiences, however, Abbas implies acceptance of Israel’s legitimacy, pledging that he is in favor of the two-state solution with Israelis and Palestinians living side by side in peace. Meeting with a delegation of Jews, Abbas said: Read the full story here.