"I was intrigued by Margaret Rouhani's reaction ('Letters: Talking about Israel and Palestine in a post-truth era', Feb. 2020, p. 4.) to the excellent cover article in the December edition of the Anglican Journal ('You weep before you get to Bethlehem', Dec. 2019. p. 1). Intrigued by what seems like a knee-jerk reaction to the lengthy article's one-sentence reference to Mahmoud Abbas as 'president of the State of Palestine'. Rouhani responds by saying that 'no such state exists (outside of wishful thinking)'. This statement requires correction. As of 2019, 138 of the 193 United Nations member states have recognized the State of Palestine, and since 2012, the designation 'State of Palestine' has been used on official United Nations documents. ... In 2013, international media reported that Mahmoud Abbas was given the right to sit in the General Assembly's beige chair, reserved for heads of state, waiting to take the podium and address the General Assembly. This reflect Abbas's position as President of Palestine, whether Margaret Rouhani cares to acknowledge it or not".