Tag: Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian Authority rejects criticism of Abbas meetings with families of terrorists

The Palestinian Authority on Thursday rejected criticism of President Mahmoud Abbas’s meeting with families of Palestinians who attacked Israelis.   A senior Palestinian official in Ramallah said the meeting, which took place on Wednesday, came at the request of the families.   “The families asked for the meeting because they wanted President Abbas to help […]

France trying to get Netanyahu and Abbas to meet?

France is continuing its efforts to resume peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), and is attempting to bring together Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas for a meeting, Channel 2 News reported on Monday.   According to the report, France is trying to get the two to meet as […]

Abbas announced plans to release ‘State of Palestine’ passports next year

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced plans for his national authority to begin issuing ‘State of Palestine’ passports in 2016.   Speaking at a joint press conference in Athens with Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras, 80-year-old Abbas said that within the next year all official documents and passports will change their naming from ‘Palestinian Authority’ […]

Amid strong Israeli-Greek ties, Greece’s parliament to recognize Palestinian state

Even as Israel and Greek ties reach new highs with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scheduled to meet twice next month with Greece’s leader, Alexis Tsipras, the Greek parliament is expected to call on its government on Tuesday to recognize a Palestinian state.   The declaration is expected to take place after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud […]

Given Abbas’ incitement, no surprise majority of Palestinians support stabbing attacks

Polls showing that some 80 percent of the Palestinians support current stabbing attacks on Israelis should come as no surprise, given Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s continued incitement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday.   Netanyahu, during a visit to the IDF’s southern command headquarters with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, said that poll after […]

Poll: Most Palestinians Oppose Abbas and Oslo, Support Stabbings

Some two-thirds of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip support the use of knives in the current confrontations with Israelis, back the resignation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and advocate abandoning the Oslo accords with Israel, according to the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research. The […]

Israel devastating the Palestinian environment, Abbas tells climate summit

“Our resources are being usurped, our trees are being uprooted, our agriculture is being destroyed,” Abbas claimed, before urging world leaders to protect Palestinians from Israel.   The PA leader, however, also called for renewed peace talks with Israel.   “Our hand is still extended in peace to our neighbors,” he said. “In the meantime, […]

Abbas urges Sisi: Pressure Israel to stop ‘assaults against al-Aksa Mosque’

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urged Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Sisi on Sunday to use his influence with international parties to pressure Israel to stop “provocations and assaults” against the Aksa Mosque, in the wake of the current wave of violence, a PA official in Ramallah said.   In their talks in Cairo, Abbas briefed […]

Abbas demands Temple Mount status quo be restored to 1999

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday that Israel must restore the status quo that prevailed on the Temple Mount before the year 2000.   Abbas claimed that Israel was trying to alter the status quo at the holy site. “We have affirmed more than once to the relevant parties that what Israel is […]

Analysis: Abbas restrains with one hand, incites with the other

This push and pull is a distinct characteristic of the latest wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence.   Even as authorities and strong impulses fan the flames of the knife attacks sweeping Israel for the past month, there are also powerful forces working to prevent an escalation. In fact, often those authorities that incite terrorism and push […]