Tag: Mahmoud Abbas

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 […]

Obama disappointed in failure to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace, envoy admits

The White House is disappointed in the lack of progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process during US President Barack Obama’s eight-year administration, said US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro on Thursday.   Speaking to Army Radio from the United States on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly debate, the ambassador spoke of Washington’s sentiments […]

After weekend of terror, Abbas says Palestinians attack Israelis ‘because they’ve lost hope’

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday apparently attempted to distance the PA establishment from the recent spate of terror attacks against Israelis, saying the perpetrators conducted such violence on their own initiative.   He described the lone-wolf attackers as “martyrs” and youth who “have lost hope.”   Without referring directly to this weekend’s spate […]

Abbas and Kerry discuss ‘two-state solution’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday met Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas in New York on Monday, where the two discussed the “two-state solution”.   “The Secretary and President Abbas discussed regional challenges and constructive ideas for the way forward to support our shared goal of a two-state solution,” said State Department […]

Kerry ‘concerned’ by ‘surge in settlement activity, violence’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday met Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas in New York on Monday, where the two discussed the “two-state solution”.   “The Secretary and President Abbas discussed regional challenges and constructive ideas for the way forward to support our shared goal of a two-state solution,” said State Department […]

Kerry tells Abbas US is committed to two-state solution

The United States remains committed to the two-state solution, US Secretary of State John Kerry told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas when the two men met in New York on Monday.   “The Secretary and President Abbas discussed regional challenges and constructive ideas for the way forward to support our shared goal of a two […]