Tag: Mahmoud Abbas

Netanyahu: I’m willing to have one-on-one meeting with Abbas

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday reiterated Israel’s objection to a multilateral French peace initiative, calling on Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to meet with him and hold direct talks instead.   “I will sit alone directly with President Abbas in the Élysée Palace, or anywhere else that you choose. Every difficult issue will be on […]

Netanyahu keeps calling for talks with Abbas. Is he serious?

In a series of three statements this month, Netanyahu repeatedly stressed the need for peace with the Palestinians. He called the peace process one of his highest priorities and hinted that a renewal of talks might be underway.   Responding to a question about the peace process on Twitter on May 12, Israel’s Independence Day, […]

Abbas: We reject all forms of terrorist activity

Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday that he rejects violence against civilians, a day after the Jerusalem bus bombing attack.   Speaking during a visit to Germany and quoted by The Associated Press, Abbas said that “we are against all forms of terrorist activity that affect Israeli and Palestinian civilians.”   Abbas, […]

Abbas to meet Hollande to discuss French plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will meet French President Francois Hollande in Paris later this month to discuss France’s recent push to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.   Abbas will have an “important meeting” with Hollande to talk about “convening an international peace conference in accordance with the French initiative,” Palestinian Authority presidential spokesman Nabil Abu […]

Benjamin Netanyahu: I want a two-state solution but Mahmoud Abbas doesn’t

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted that he is ready to commence talks about a possible two-state solution with the Palestinians. However, Netanyahu said the discussions could not take place due to the intransigence of his Palestinian counterpart, President Mahmoud Abbas. “I am willing to begin negotiations immediately, without preconditions. Anytime, anywhere,” he said.   […]

Condemning Abbas’ silence, Biden says Israel and Arabs may find common cause against terror

Vice President Joseph Biden offered a forceful defense of Israel’s security posture at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Sunday night, delivering what is likely his last speech to the group after a 30-year career in public service drew him close to the pro-Israel organization.   The speech, before a record crowd of […]

Abbas to French envoy: Palestinian Authority contacting int’l parties about peace conference

The Palestinian leadership has already promoted to international parties the French plan to hold a multilateral conference on the conflict, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told French envoy Pierre Vimont in Ramallah on Tuesday.   Abbas added that the Palestinians are also talking with international parties about the ways to achieve a two state solution […]

Kerry meets Palestinian president amid tensions in West Bank and Jerusalem

Secretary of state John Kerry on Sunday met Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, and urged calm concerning tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Kerry reaffirmed the US commitment to a two-state solution to the conflict.   “The secretary continued to urge for calm and a decrease in violence, incitement and inflammatory […]

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 […]