Tag: Mahmoud Abbas

Benjamin Netanyahu, Abbas may address the EU in bid to reinvigorate peace process

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas could address European heads of state in the near future as part of a push by the international community to jump-start the peace process.   It would be Netanyahu’s first address to the EU Council as premier, even though he has spoken three times before […]

Abbas to Italian PM: occupation, settlements are the biggest threats to peace

“Our hand is extended in peace to our Israeli neighbors, in accordance with the international resolutions,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday told Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in a joined news conference held in Ramallah.”The continuation of the occupation and the settlements and the lack of implementation of agreements signed are the biggest threats […]

Palestinian unity government resigns, Abbas adviser says

The Palestinian unity government dissolved itself Wednesday, according to an adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.   “[Prime Minister Rami] Hamdallah handed his resignation to Abbas and Abbas ordered him to form a new government,” Nimr Hammad, an adviser to the PA president, told AFP.   Fatah officials have denied the report, Israel Radio […]

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 […]