In a fit/feat of Soviet/Islamist-like historical revisionism, Abbas claimed that in 1917, “97 percent of the inhabitants of Palestine were Palestinians."
Actually, in 1917, there were Jews and Arabs in Palestine--with nary a "Palestinian" in sight.
"Palestinians" qua Palestinians have a much more recent vintage, i.e. the 1960s, when it served Egypt-born Yasser Arafat's political and exterminationist purposes to style himself as their leader. Thus, the salient question to ask is this: but for the fact of a sovereign Jewish state called Israel, would there even be a modern day people called "Palestinians."