Tag: Mahmoud Abbas

Senior PLO Official: Abbas set no preconditions for meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu

PLO Executive Committee Member Ahmad Majdalani said Tuesday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had planned to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow without preconditions.   “President Abbas did not set any preconditions to meet Netanyahu in Moscow,” Majdalani, who also is a top aide to Abbas, told The Jerusalem Post.   Until Tuesday, […]

Netanyahu at The Hague: ‘I am ready to meet with Abbas’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on statements made by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas claiming that he had agreed to a meeting in Moscow but Netanyahu had asked that it be delayed.   “I am ready to meet with Mahmoud Abbas any time with no preconditions to engage in direct talks,” Netanyahu said at a […]

Putin envoy talks to Benjamin Netanyahu about possible summit with Abbas in Moscow

Contradictory signals emerged from Moscow, Jerusalem and Ramallah on Monday following a meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had in his office with the special Russian Mideast envoy about a possible meeting in Moscow between Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.   Following the meeting with Mikhail Bogdanov, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy to […]

Abbas scheme for rival Jerusalem municipality

The US, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel too have warned the octogenarian Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas against holding the Oct. 8 municipal elections he has called for the Palestinian-ruled West Bank towns and locales and the Gaza Strip. Abbas had hoped to catch the Islamist Hamas off guard at a time when it was in […]

Abbas calls on Israeli Arabs to help mend Hamas-Fatah rift

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Israeli Arab leaders to mediate between Hamas and Fatah, and said he would accept any understandings that they would draw up, Israel Radio reported on Sunday.   According to the report, Abbas made the suggestion at a meeting Saturday night in Ramallah. Among those in attendance were Arab […]

Kerry to meet with Abbas on two-state solution

US Secretary of State John Kerry plans to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Paris on Saturday to discuss progress towards a two-state solution, the State Department said.”The secretary is not looking at trying to make progress based on a fixed date on the calendar,” spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Thursday.Instead, Kerry will speak […]

Abbas urges African Union to back French peace push on Mideast conflict

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urged members of the continental African Union to back a French-led initiative to hold an international summit on relaunching negotiations on the decades-long Middle East conflict.   According to Palestinian news agency Ma’an, Abbas told the 54-member state body during its 27th-annual summit in Kigali, Rwanada that its international and […]

Abbas to European Parliament: ‘Help us end the occupation’

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas strongly criticized Israel during his Thursday address to the European Parliament in Belgium but stressed that his hands were outstretched for peace.   Abbas said Israel is growing more extreme, both in terms of the settlers and the IDF, which he said carries out “unlawful killings.” He also said that […]

Benjamin Netanyahu slams Abbas ‘blood libel’ as he flies to Rome in new diplomatic push

In a harsh exchange, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charged Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas with a blood libel on Thursday, in advance of his trip to Rome on Sunday to look for new ways to kick-start the diplomatic process.   Despite Netanyahu’s upcoming push, prospects for peace looked dim after Abbas refused to meet with […]

Abbas refuses to meet Rivlin

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas turned down offers to meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, rebuffing attempts by European Union leaders to bring the two together.   On Wednesday, EU President Martin Schultz urged the Abbas and Rivlin to meet, even briefly, while the two visited the European Parliament in Brussels.   While the Israeli […]