Tag: Mahmoud Abbas

Abbas announced plans to release ‘State of Palestine’ passports next year

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced plans for his national authority to begin issuing ‘State of Palestine’ passports in 2016.   Speaking at a joint press conference in Athens with Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras, 80-year-old Abbas said that within the next year all official documents and passports will change their naming from ‘Palestinian Authority’ […]

Amid strong Israeli-Greek ties, Greece’s parliament to recognize Palestinian state

Even as Israel and Greek ties reach new highs with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scheduled to meet twice next month with Greece’s leader, Alexis Tsipras, the Greek parliament is expected to call on its government on Tuesday to recognize a Palestinian state.   The declaration is expected to take place after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud […]

Given Abbas’ incitement, no surprise majority of Palestinians support stabbing attacks

Polls showing that some 80 percent of the Palestinians support current stabbing attacks on Israelis should come as no surprise, given Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s continued incitement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday.   Netanyahu, during a visit to the IDF’s southern command headquarters with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, said that poll after […]

Poll: Most Palestinians Oppose Abbas and Oslo, Support Stabbings

Some two-thirds of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip support the use of knives in the current confrontations with Israelis, back the resignation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and advocate abandoning the Oslo accords with Israel, according to the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research. The […]

Israel devastating the Palestinian environment, Abbas tells climate summit

“Our resources are being usurped, our trees are being uprooted, our agriculture is being destroyed,” Abbas claimed, before urging world leaders to protect Palestinians from Israel.   The PA leader, however, also called for renewed peace talks with Israel.   “Our hand is still extended in peace to our neighbors,” he said. “In the meantime, […]

Abbas urges Sisi: Pressure Israel to stop ‘assaults against al-Aksa Mosque’

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urged Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Sisi on Sunday to use his influence with international parties to pressure Israel to stop “provocations and assaults” against the Aksa Mosque, in the wake of the current wave of violence, a PA official in Ramallah said.   In their talks in Cairo, Abbas briefed […]

Abbas demands Temple Mount status quo be restored to 1999

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday that Israel must restore the status quo that prevailed on the Temple Mount before the year 2000.   Abbas claimed that Israel was trying to alter the status quo at the holy site. “We have affirmed more than once to the relevant parties that what Israel is […]

Analysis: Abbas restrains with one hand, incites with the other

This push and pull is a distinct characteristic of the latest wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence.   Even as authorities and strong impulses fan the flames of the knife attacks sweeping Israel for the past month, there are also powerful forces working to prevent an escalation. In fact, often those authorities that incite terrorism and push […]

Abbas at EU to discuss surging Israel-Palestinian violence

EU’s Mogherini says Europe feels ‘certain degree of frustration’ over stalled Mid East peace process   The European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas late Monday to discuss “concrete steps” to calm the surge of violence between Israelis and Palestinians.   “We have a meeting tonight to discuss the ways […]

Netanyahu: ‘Perfectly open’ to meeting with Abbas

Hundreds of armed IDF soldiers are now standing guard at some of Tel Aviv’s most popular shopping destinations to beef up the police presence.   Tel Aviv’s police department received 100 soldiers, most officer cadets, who will assist police in patrol of public spaces, such as the Dizengoff Center mall and the outdoor Carmel Market, […]