Tag: Mahmoud Abbas

Military Intelligence head warns of instability in West Bank, possible wave of terror

Israel should prepare for a possible wave of terror attacks amid growing instability in the West Bank caused by a power struggle in the Palestinian Authority over who will succeed President Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the IDF’s Military Intelligence Directorate warned on Sunday. Get The Times of Israel’s Daily Edition by email and never […]

Abbas’s Fatah holds rare congress as succession talk builds

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party will hold its first congress since 2009 on Tuesday as the 81-year-old leader seeks to close ranks and fend off a key rival. While Abbas’s advisers insist the congress is being held because it is overdue, some analysts see it as an opportunity for him to sideline allies […]

Abbas not taking the right steps for reconciliation with Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used the 39th anniversary of Anwar Sadat’s trip to Jerusalem to highlight on Sunday differences between the slain Egyptian peacemaker and the current Palestinian leadership. “Yesterday was the 39th anniversary of president Anwar Sadat’s historic visit to Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said at the outset of Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting, referring to the […]

We’ll work with any US president to achieve peace

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday and said he hopes a just peace will be achieved during his term, Wafa, the official PA news site, reported. Earlier Wednesday morning, PA Presidency spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeinah, said the Palestinian leadership will work with any US President to achieve peace.   Read […]

Benjamin Netanyahu to Abbas: If settlements didn’t exist, would you recognize a Jewish state?

The Palestinians must exorcise the demon of wanting to destroy the Jewish state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told visiting Italian President Sergio Mattarella when the two met in Jerusalem on Wednesday.   “I [have] turned not only to Hamas but to [Palestinian Authority] President [Mahmoud] Abbas, and I said, ‘Would you recognize a Jewish state, […]

Palestinian rivals, Mideast regional powers growing uneasy with Abbas

Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab states are piling pressure on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to resolve divisions in his Fatah party and with the rival Hamas movement, amid growing concerns about whether Palestinian democracy is under threat. Neighboring states, diplomats and major funders fear the festering divisions could lead to conflict, and say the lack […]

PA officer jailed after criticizing Abbas

A Palestinian Authority (PA) Arab officer on Wednesday was sentenced to jail for criticizing PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, only to be later pardoned by Abbas.   A court had originally sentenced the officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Osama Mansour, to jail and ordered him dismissed after he openly criticized Abbas for attending the funeral of former Israeli President […]

Who will be Abbass successor?

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas received a clean bill of health after undergoing an emergency heart procedure on Thursday. But his brief hospitalization drew attention to the lack of a clear successor to the aging leader and the ongoing rift between rival governments in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.   Abbas, leader of the Fatah […]

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas undergoes heart tests

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, visited hospital on Thursday for heart tests that showed the 81-year-old’s health to be normal, officials said.   “We have carried out all necessary tests, including a cardiac catheterisation, and the results are all normal,” said Said Sarahneh, director of the Istishari hospital in Ramallah. “The president will leave the […]

Abbas urged not to dismiss Netanyahus invitation

Saudi Arabian-based media has appealed to Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas not to dismiss the invitation extended by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for him to address the Knesset.Netanyahus appeal to Abbas, one of several he has made to the PA chairman, came at his speech at the UN General Assembly last week.An editorial published […]