Tag: Mahmoud Abbas

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 […]

PLO to End Security Cooperation with Israel

The Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) central council decided Thursday to end security cooperation with Israel, AFP reported.   The PLO council decided “to stop security cooperation in all its forms with the occupying power” which it urged to “take over full responsibility for the Palestinian people in the occupied State of Palestine, the West Bank, […]

Abbas rejects Western push to restore Palestinian Authority rule over Gaza

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected an international effort to impose his government’s rule on the Gaza Strip, it was learned on Thursday.   Western governments sought to advance a United Nations Security Council resolution that would confer upon the Ramallah administration a mandate to rule Gaza, which is currently in the hands of Abbas’ […]

Verdict against Palestinian Authority could spell trouble for Abbas at ICC

Whether the ICC intervenes is viewed as an open question, and the overall diplomatic and legal situation could have a big impact.   On one hand the ICC is not (yet) viewed as unabashedly biased against Israel like many UN organizations, such as the UN Human Rights Council, UNRWA and the UN General Assembly.   […]

Tel Aviv terror attack a result of wild incitement coming from Palestinian Authority

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu placed responsibility for Wednesday morning’s stabbing attack in Tel Aviv on the shoulders of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for allowing vicious incitement against Israel.   “This same terrorism tries to hit us in Paris, Brussels, and elsewhere,” he said.   Netanyahu and Abbas walked together in the front line in […]

Hamas Blames Abbas for Gaza Siege

Senior Hamas MP Fathi Hammad on Wednesday accused Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas, along with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) unity government Hamas formed with Abbas, of being part of the “siege” on Gaza.   Hammad, formerly Hamas Interior Minister, told the Palestinian Arab Ma’an News Agency that Abbas and the unity government are cooperating with the blocking of […]

Does Abbas really want to take Israel to The Hague over Gaza?

In fact, it actually may deny the Palestinians the chance to request an investigation into the IDF’s behavior during the Gaza conflict and other operations. On January 2, 2015, the Palestinian Authority became party to the Rome Statute and therefore the International Criminal Court. Three days earlier, Abbas had submitted a request to join the […]

Abbas in Turkey vows to return to Security Council with renewed statehood bid

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Monday that the Palestinians would become full members of the International Criminal Court as of April 1.   Abbas made the announcement during a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara.   Abbas said that the Palestinians would soon go back to the UN […]