Tag: Mahmoud Abbas

Abbas says Palestinian Authority must re-examine agreements with Israel

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday called for the re-examination of political, economic and security arrangements with Israel, Palestinians news agency Ma’an reported.   At a press conference with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolicat in Belgrade, the PA chief said Israel must “stop violating our agreements and fully commit to them.” He stressed his commitment […]

In visit with EU foreign minister, Abbas repeats demand for settlement freeze, release of prisoners

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday discussed with EU Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini the latest developments surrounding the Middle East peace process.   Following the meeting between Abbas and Moherini in Ramallah, Chief PLO Negotiator Saeb Erekat reiterated the PA’s demand for a freeze of settlement construction and the release of Palestinian prisoners incarcerated […]

Debate simmers over whether pope called Abbas an ‘angel of peace’

The question whether Pope Francis called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas an “angel of peace” when they met on Saturday continued to reverberate on Tuesday, with Israeli officials saying the Vatican denied this is how the pope characterized Abbas.   Israeli representatives officially approached the Vatican and asked for a clarification, one official said, adding […]

EU’s top diplomat to visit Netanyahu, Abbas next week

Mogherini took over as foreign policy chief for the 28-nation European Union in November and visited Israel and the Palestinian territories shortly afterwards, saying she wanted to make a priority of pushing forward the Middle East peace process. She has been criticized by some in Israel for her vocal insistence that a two-state solution is […]

Abbas: France trying to restart Mideast peace talks

France has resumed efforts to revive the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was quoted on Thursday as saying. Abbas, who is visiting Tunisia, said France would soon present a peace initiative to the UN Security Council. He said the Palestinians welcome France’s efforts to resume the peace talks. “We welcome these efforts, […]

Abbas’ actions causing escalation in the West Bank

Recent intelligence appraisals suggesting a possible escalation of violence in April seem to have a firm footing in reality following Wednesday’s terror attack against two soldiers in the West Bank. Last month the IDF arrested more than 200 people suspected of violent terror activity and the anger in the Palestinian Authority over Israel’s freezing of […]

France set to propose new Palestinian state resolution at UN

The French effort will be based on three steps: first French diplomats will present a draft resolution to the UN Security Council, a step which requires US acquiescence that it will not exercise its veto; second an international peace conference will be held; and the third step will be for France, along with other European […]

Israeli-Palestinian relationship must change

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told the Arab League summit meeting in Egypt on Saturday that the Israeli-Palestinian relationship cannot carry on as is, since Israel has meddled with the PA’s powers and responsibilities, the Ma’an news agency reported Sunday.   Abbas focused on Israel’s withholding of Palestinian tax revenues –  funds that have been […]

If new Israeli gov’t won’t recognize 2-state solution, no chance for peace process

After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s strong showing in Tuesday’s election which all but ensures he will put together the next governing coalition, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesman said Wednesday that the PA is not concerned with who will be Israel’s next prime minister.   Nabil Abu Rudeineh was quoted by the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News […]

In private, Abbas, Palestinian officials reportedly voice hope that Benjamin Netanyahu will lose

Palestinians from across the political spectrum said Monday that they were not pinning any hopes on the general elections in Israel, mainly because they do not see a difference between the two major powers, Likud and Labor (Zionist Union).   Although the Palestinian Authority’s official stance has been that the elections are an internal Israeli […]