Search Results for : Abbas

20 May
12:04

Abbas Amends Sentencing for ‘Honor Killings’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has amended Article 98 of the Palestinian Criminal Law no. 12 of 1960, abolishing the ease in punishment against crimes of honor killing committed against women.According to WAFA, Abbas’ legal advisor Hassan al-Uri said that the amendment aims at abolishing reduced penalties when legally dealing with […]

16 May
7:15

Abbas: Time to End the Longest Occupation in History

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said during a speech, this past week: ‘After 66 years since the Palestinian catastrophe ‘al-Nakba’, Palestinians have been proving that their presence on the map will establish a Palestinian independent state, with Jerusalem as a capital.’ On the 66th anniversary of Nakba, Abbas said to Palestinian […]

14 May
5:44

Abbas Won’t Be Heading New Government

According to the Ma’an News Agency, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not be the head of the upcoming unity government, and that the new president will not have a deputy president.Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior source told Ma’an that Rami Hamdallah is the most likely person to head […]

13 May
3:12

Kerry To Meet Abbas In London

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, will be holding a meeting, on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, in London, to discuss efforts meant to ensure the resumption of direct Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.This would be the first meeting between Abbas and Kerry since direct talks with Tel […]

10 May
6:33

Rights Groups Urge Abbas to Strengthen International Ties

A number of human rights groups from Addameer Prisoner Support to Amnesty International are urging Palestinian officials to sign up with the International Criminal Court.Seventeen local and international human rights organizations have signed a joint letter to President Mahmoud Abbas, urging him to go forward in anchoring the country’s status […]

09 May
9:59

Abbas Update: “Israel Must Release Prisoners, Stop Settlement Activities”

[Thursday, May 8 2014] During his meeting with US National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated that Tel Aviv must respect all signed agreements, release all detainees held since before the First Oslo Agreement, and must stop its settlement activities.Abbas’s Spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rodeina, stated that the […]

09 May
7:51

Abbas Ready to Return to Negotiations Conditionally

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said, during a TV interview Thursday, that Palestinians are ready to resume negotiations, but under the condition that Israel releases the fourth batch of veteran Palestinian prisoners, as previously agreed, and halts settlement construction for three months. These statements come only two weeks after Israel halted […]

27 Apr
12:06

Abbas: “No State Without Jerusalem”

[Saturday, April 26, 2014] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated, during a meeting of the Central Council of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), that the Palestinians will not agree to an independent state without Jerusalem as its capital.“Jerusalem is the capital of our state”, Abbas said. “Without it, there can be […]

23 Apr
1:55

Israel Rejects Abbas’ Conditions for Extending Talks

President Mahmoud Abbas said, Tuesday, that he would extend faltering peace talks with Israel only if it agreed to conditions, including a settlement freeze, which it promptly rejected.(AFP/Ma’an) Abbas listed his demands during a meeting with Israeli journalists at his headquarters, in Ramallah, just a week before a nine-month target […]

10 Apr
8:20

Abbas Agrees to Extend Negotiations with Israel

Israeli sources have claimed that the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to extend negotiations past the deadline of April 29.The sources said that the President agreed to extend the negotiations, which will be based on the establishment of a future Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, according to […]

02 Apr
5:42

Veteran Prisoners Voice Support for Abbas’ UN Move

Thirty veteran Palestinian prisoners who were eligible to be freed on March 29 applauded President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to apply for membership in international agencies, a statement said Wednesday.’President Abu Mazen (Abbas) stood up for our dignity and our freedom,’ the statement said. ‘We support his efforts and his decision […]

02 Apr
6:30

Kerry Leaves Middle East Without Meeting Abbas

[Tuesday, April 1, 2014] Unites States Secretary of State, John Kerry, left the Middle East following his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, but did not meet President Mahmoud Abbas.Kerry spent 61 hours in Tel Aviv, held meetings with Netanyahu and Israel officials, but could not meet Abbas due […]

02 Apr
6:00

Abbas Signs Applications to Join More UN Institutions, Treaties

[Tuesday Evening, April 1, 2014] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has signed fifteen applications that would be submitted to the United Nations, aiming at joining more UN bodies and treaties.The president signed the applications during a meeting held with various officials at his headquarters in the central West Bank city of […]

30 Mar
9:30

Abbas ‘Exerting All Efforts’ to Negotiate Prisoner Release

President Mahmoud Abbas has been exerting all efforts to negotiate the release of the fourth group of Palestinian veteran prisoners, a PLO official said Sunday.Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said in a statement that Israel ‘must release the fourth batch’ of prisoners, held in Israeli jails since before the 1993 […]

24 Mar
9:47

Abbas Agrees to Extend Peace Talks ‘Under Conditions’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has agreed to extend peace talks with Israel, if certain conditions are met, a Palestinian official said on Monday.Photo: A Palestinian youth holds his national flag as the sun sets during clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank village of Silwad, north of Ramallah, […]

21 Mar
6:34

Abbas Demands Release of Key Palestinian Prisoners

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas demanded, in talks with US President Barack Obama, that Israel free key Palestinian prisoners, including Marwan Barghuti, a Palestinian official said Thursday.Photo: Palestinians president Mahmud Abbas waves to his supporters following his trip to Washington DC, on March 20, 2014, in Ramallah. (AFP/Ma’an) Earlier this month, […]

13 Mar
9:36

Abbas: ‘We have not Received any Request to Extend Negotiations’

President Mahmoud Abbas stated Thursday that Palestinian leadership did not receive any request to extend negotiations.President Mahmoud Abbas stated that if the Palestinian leadership receives a request to extend negotiations, it would examine it and define its position in this regard, WAFA reports. Abbas made these comments as part of […]

11 Mar
9:51

Abbas Refuses to Recognize Israel as a ‘Jewish’ State

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refuses to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, thereby rejecting the demands of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. According to Abbas; ‘They are pressing and saying, ‘No peace without the Jewish state,” but the reply remains; ‘There is no way. We will not accept.’Backed by The Arab […]

17 Feb
4:57

Abbas: “Jerusalem Should Be A United Capital Of Two States”

February 17, 2014 4:57 AM Saed Bannoura Jerusalem, News Report, Peace process 0

In a meeting with nearly 170 Israeli college students, at his office in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that the Palestinian Authority does not want a divided Jerusalem, but wants a united city — a united capital for two states. Abbas said that […]

24 Dec
3:51

Abbas Thanks UAE For $50 M. Donation

[Monday December 23, 2013] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has formally thanked the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for granting the Palestinian Authority 50 Million USD to help it pay late salaries and perform its duties.Abbas sent a letter to the President of the UAE. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, thanking […]

14 Dec
10:21

Abbas Rejects Plan For Permanent Israeli Military Presence

December 14, 2013 10:21 PM IMEMC News & Agencies News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

[Saturday, December 14, 2013] President Mahmoud Abbas, according to a Palestinian source, has rejected US proposals for Israel to keep troops in a future Palestinian state along the Jordan border, the Ma’an News Agency has reported.US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Abbas, on Thursday, in the West Bank […]

06 Dec
1:42

Abbas Rejects U.S Security Proposal

December 6, 2013 1:42 AM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

[Thursday, December 5, 2013] Israeli sources have reported that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has rejected security arrangements offered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, during their Thursday meeting in Ramallah.The sources said that Kerry presented “ideas” regarding security measures that would be implemented under a future peace deal between […]

05 Dec
4:51

Kerry To Meet Netanyahu And Abbas

December 5, 2013 4:51 PM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

[Thursday, December 5, 2013] Israeli media sources have reported that United States Secretary General, John Kerry, will be separately meeting, later on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.The sources state that Kerry intends to ask Netanyahu to refrain from issuing new bids for constructions in […]

30 Oct
2:49

Erekat: “Abbas Never Accepted A Transitional Solution”

October 30, 2013 2:49 PM Saed Bannoura News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

[Wednesday October 30, 2013] Chief Palestinian Negotiator, Dr. Saeb Erekat, stated that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas never accepted a transitional solution to the conflict, and will never abandon the legitimate Palestinian rights.Talking to the Al-Ayyam Palestinian Paper, Erekat said that such rumors are unfounded, and violate the understanding reached between […]

30 Oct
7:45

Abbas Welcomes Released Detainees In Ramallah

October 30, 2013 7:45 AM Saed Bannoura News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

[Wednesday at Dawn October 29, 2013] Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, various officials and thousands of Palestinians welcomed 21 veteran Palestinian detainees, released from Israeli prisons, as part of diplomatic moves to ensure “continuation of direct talks”. Five Gaza Strip detainees were sent to the Erez Terminal.Media sources in Ramallah have […]

25 Oct
12:49

Abbas, Ashton, Meet In Brussels

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, held on Thursday a meeting with EU Foreign Policy Chief, Catherine Ashton, in Brussels, and discussed the political process, and the EU decision regarding products of Israeli settlements.Abbas presented the obstacles peace talks face amidst ongoing Israeli violations, and its illegal construction and expansion of settlements […]

24 Oct
10:36

Abbas Calls On European Companies To Divest From Settlements

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, called on companies in the European Union countries, and other foreign corporations operating in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, and occupied Jerusalem, to abide by International Law by divesting from Israeli settlements.His statements came during his Wednesday meeting with the President of the European […]

23 Oct
2:50

Abbas: “Israel Responsible For Likely Collapse Of Peace Talks”

[Wednesday October 23, 2013] Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated that Israel is to be held responsible for the possible collapse of peace talks, and said that Tel Aviv must stops its violations, assaults and its settlement activities.His statements came during his visit to Lithuania, the current head of the European […]

27 Sep
4:21

Abbas At UN: “It Is Time For Peace”

In his first speech as the President of Palestine at the United Nations General Assembly, President Mahmoud Abbas said that the time for peace has come, and that the International community must pressure Israel to end its violations, and illegal settlement activities.Abbas said that the State of Palestine will practice […]

24 Sep
3:15

Abbas to Jewish Leaders: Help Us Bring Peace

NEW YORK, September 24, 2013 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas urged leaders of the American Jewish community to support efforts to bring peace to the Middle East.He told a group of Jewish community leaders he met in New York Monday evening that this is the time to make peace. “We […]

09 Sep
5:26

Abbas Meets Kerry In London

September 9, 2013 5:26 AM Saed Bannoura International, News Report, Peace process 0

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported that on Sunday evening [September 9 2013] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met U.S Secretary of State John Kerry in London, and they discussed the political process and the situation in the region.The meeting was also attended by Chief Palestinian Negotiator Dr. […]

24 Aug
3:55

French FM To Meet Abbas, Netanyahu

The French Foreign Ministry has reported that Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, will be visiting the Israel and the Palestinian territories to encourage the recently resumes peace talks between Ramallah and Tel Aviv. Fabius will be meeting Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah, in the central West bank […]

23 Aug
5:02

Abbas: “We Will Not Demand To Return To Akka, Safad and Jaffa”

August 23, 2013 5:02 AM Saed Bannoura Israel, News Report, Peace process 0

During a meeting with members of the Israeli Meretz opposition Party, who visited him Thursday in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, stated that the Palestinian Authority will not demand the Palestinian return to Jaffa, Akka (Akko) and Safad.He was referring to the internationally guaranteed […]

16 Aug
3:51

Abbas Welcomes UN Secretary General In Ramallah

Thursday evening [August 15, 2013] Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, welcomed the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, at his presidential headquarters in the central West Bank city of Ramallah.The Palestine News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported that that the two leaders discussed the latest developments in the newly resumed […]

15 Aug
9:48

Abbas: “All Detainees Will Be Free”

August 15, 2013 9:48 AM Saed Bannoura News Report, Prisoners, Ramallah 0

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated late on Wednesday at night, that the Palestinian Authority will act on ensuring the release of all Palestinian political prisoners held by Israel”.His statements came in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, as he welcomed the 11 West Bank detainees who were released by […]

14 Aug
4:23

Abbas Asks Resigned PM To Form Government

Palestinian Presidential spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rodeina, stated that President Mahmoud Abbas asked, on Tuesday [August 13, 2013], the resigned Prime Minister of the caretaker government, Rami Hamdallah, to form a new government in the West Bank. Hamdallah has five week to form the new caretaker government, and will likely be […]

09 Aug
12:34

Abbas visits Egypt’s interim president Mansour on Monday

On Monday, Palestinan president Mahmoud Abbas met with Egypt’s interim president Adly Mansour in Cairo. The visit to the country was Abbas’s first since the military overthrow of former president Mohamed Mursi, and it is dedicated to talks about the bilateral Palestinian-Egypt relationship and the renewed negotiations between Israel and […]

08 Aug
11:41

Abbas: “Peace Talks To Start Soon, Jerusalem Is The capital Of Palestine”

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated that direct political talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will start very soon, and added that the Palestinians will not abandon their legitimate rights, and their right to declare occupied Arab Jerusalem as the capital of their state.His statements came after her placed roses […]

04 Aug
8:48

Abbas Welcomes Barcelona Soccer Team In Bethlehem

August 4, 2013 8:48 AM Saed Bannoura Miscellaneous, News Report, Palestine 0

[Saturday Evening August 3, 2013] Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, welcomed at his Presidential Headquarters in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, the players and coach of Barcelona soccer team, who are conducting their first visit to occupied Palestine.“This is your first visit to Palestine, but you are always in Palestine, […]

02 Aug
2:07

Obama Phones Abbas

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, received on Thursday evening [August 1, 2013] a phone call from U.S. President, Barack Obama, and discussed the ongoing efforts to ensure smooth resumption of direct peace talks between Tel Aviv and Ramallah.Palestinian Presidency Spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rodeina, stated that Obama told Abbas he is committed […]

30 Jul
3:39

PCHR Calls Upon Abbass To Intervene To Save Lives Of 36 Patients Suffering From ‘Leukemia”

July 30, 2013 3:39 AM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is gravely concerned over the lives of 36 patients, who suffer from Leukemia in the Gaza Strip, due to not receiving the necessary treatment they need for 8 months.PCHR is concerned these patients may have serious complications leading to death if they do […]

17 Jul
1:31

Abbas Meets Kerry In Amman

[Tuesday at night July 16 2013] Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, held a meeting with U.S Secretary of State, John Kerry, in Amman – Jordan.Palestinian Presidency spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rodeina, stated that the two leaders held an extended meeting, and discussed different issues that could help create a positive atmosphere for […]

16 Jul
8:38

Abbas To Meet Kerry In Jordan

[Monday July 15 2013] A Palestinian official told the France Press News Agency that President Mahmoud Abbas plans to meet U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, this coming Wednesday in Amman – Jordan.Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said that Kerry would be touring in the Middle East to […]

25 Jun
6:52

Israeli TV: “Abbas To Resume Talks With Israel In Near Future”

June 25, 2013 6:52 AM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli media sources have reported that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, has allegedly decided to resume direct political talks with Israel in the near future, and that an understanding was reached on the issue between Abbas and U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry. Military analyst of Israel’s Channel 10 claimed that […]

14 Jun
2:38

Abbas Meets Palestinian Climber Who Raised Flag On Everest

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, met on Thursday [June 13 2013] the Palestinian climber who managed to reach the summit of the Everest, and raised the Palestinian flag.Abbas met Raed Zidan, 35, in Amman – Jordan, congratulated him for this achievement and stated that this is a source of pride to […]

06 Jun
4:39

Shabak Head: “Abbas Does Not Believe Peace Is Possible”

Speaking to the Israeli Knesset Foreign and Security Committee on Tuesday, head of the Israeli Security Agency (Shabak), Yuram Cohen, stated that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, does not really believe that reaching a peace agreement with Israel is possible, the Arabs48 News Website has reported.Israeli daily, Maariv, quoted Knesset Members […]

03 Jun
6:31

Abbas Appoints A New Prime Minister

Sunday June 2 2013, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, appointed a new Prime Minister to replace the resigned P.M. Dr. Salaam Fayyad in the occupied West Bank.Abbas asked the newly appointed P.M. with forming a “Government of Technocrats”. The new P.M. Rami Hamdallah is a member of Fateh movement, headed by […]

27 May
11:32

Abbas, Peres, Meet In Jordan

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and Israeli President, Shimon Peres, met on Sunday in Jordan, and discussed the efforts to resume the stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.The meeting was held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Middle East and North Africa. Peres called on Abbas […]

27 Mar
1:51

Abbas to the Arab League, if attempts to renew talks fail, we may go to The Hague

March 27, 2013 1:51 PM George Rishmawi News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said Palestinians have the right to go to the International Court of Justice if the attempt to renew negotiations with Israel in the coming few months fail.Abbas remarks came during his speech to the Arab League summit, during which he briefed Arab leaders on his latest […]

22 Mar
9:52

Abbas’ Speech in the news conference in Ramallah with President Obama

March 22, 2013 9:52 PM IMEMC News Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

Below is the full text of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech in Ramallah in the press conference with US President Barack Obama on Thursday as interpreted.In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Mr. President Barack Obama, I wish to warmly welcome you and your accompanying delegation to Palestine. […]

07 Mar
4:47

Abbas: “The Death Of Chavez, A Significant Loss To Liberation Movements”

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, expressed deep sadness over the death of the Venezuelan President, Huge Chavez, who died of Tuesday, and said that the death of Chavez is a significant loss to all nations struggling for freedom, liberation and justice.Abbas said that Chavez was a freedom fighter who never gave-up […]

25 Jan
7:54

Abbas To Invite Newly Elected Israeli MK’s To Ramallah

Israel daily, Yedioth Aharonoth, reported that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, intends to officially invite newly elected Israeli members of Knesset (MK) from leftist and centrist parties to visit him in Ramallah.The Israeli paper said that a Palestinian source stated that the Palestinian leadership considers the rising Israeli party Yesh Atid […]

12 Jan
1:41

Peres: “Arafat Should Not Have Been Assassinated, Abbas Is A Partner In Peace”

January 12, 2013 1:41 PM Saed Bannoura Diplomacy, Israel, News Report 0

In an interview that was conducted by the New York Times several months ago, and was only published Wednesday (and then republished by Israeli Radio), Israeli President, Shimon Peres, stated that late Palestinian President, Yasser Arafat, should not have been assassinated, adding that “without Arafat, the current situation is more […]

11 Jan
8:34

Abbas: “There Are 63 UN Organizations We Have The Right To Join”

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated that the Palestinian Authority will act on the international level to stop Israel’s illegal settlement construction and expansion activities, and stated that there are 63 UN organizations that the Palestinians can now join.Abbas said that Israel must stop all of its illegal settlement activities, especially […]

10 Jan
12:14

Abbas Meets Morsi In Cairo

Following his Wednesday meeting with Khaled Mashal of Hamas, and several Hamas officials in Cairo, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, held a meeting with his Egyptian counterpart, Mohammad Morsi.The meeting between Abbas and Morsi took place at the Presidential Palace in Masr Al-Jadeeda, in the Egyptian capital. The meeting focused on […]

10 Jan
5:16

Abbas Meets Mashal In Cairo

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, met in Cairo Hamas’ political bureau chief, Khaled Mashal, as part of efforts to secure full Palestinian reconciliation and unity.The meeting is part of a series of meetings, mediated by Egypt, that will take place between senior Fateh and Hamas officials. Leaders of the two movements […]

09 Jan
6:48

Abbas Willing To Cooperate With US To Achieve Two-State Solution

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated that he is willing to continue to cooperate with the United States and the Obama Administration to achieve a peace agreement with Israel based on the two-state solution.The statements of Abbas came on Tuesday evening during a meeting, in Jordan, with the visiting U.S. Middle […]

08 Jan
3:20

Abbas, Mashal, Likely To Meet In Cairo

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and Hamas’ Political Bureau Chief, Khaled Mashal, will likely be holding a meeting in Cairo Wednesday, Egyptian sources reported; the meeting has not been scheduled or confirmed yet.Egyptian President, Mohammad Morsi, called for a meeting between Abbas and Mashal, and stated that he hopes this meeting […]

06 Jan
3:32

Netanyahu Claims Abbas Is Refusing To Resume Talks

January 6, 2013 3:32 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, claimed that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, continues to ignore what he called “all Israeli efforts to resume direct peace talks”, and accused Abbas of placing “impossible preconditions”. Netanyahu called on Abbas to return to the direct talks table with Israel “without preconditions” with the aim […]

31 Dec
5:09

Peres: “Abbas Is Israel’s Peace Partner”

December 31, 2012 5:09 AM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli President, Shimon Peres, stated Sunday that Israel has a partner in the “peace process”, and that this partner is Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas; Peres warned that the lack of an agreement with the Palestinians “threatens the Zionist project”, and the “Jewish nature of Israel”.Israeli “Jerusalem Post” reported that the […]

12 Dec
3:53

Abbas Threatens To Head To ICC Should Israel Implement E1 Project

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, threatened to head to the International Criminal Court (ICC) should Israel insist on implementing its decision to build more than 3000 homes for Jewish settlers as part of its E1 illegal settlement project in occupied East Jerusalem.The statements of Abbas came during a press conference with […]

11 Dec
12:19

Israel To Sponsor Ads Attacking Abbas In European Papers

December 11, 2012 12:19 PM Saed Bannoura International, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli daily, Maariv, reported, Tuesday morning, that Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, instructed Israeli ambassadors in five European countries to sponsor ads in major newspapers attacking the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, and describing him as an obstacle to peace.Maariv stated that the World Jewish Congress will be funding these ads […]

07 Dec
3:14

King Abdullah Of Jordan Arrives In Ramallah, Meet Abbas

Amidst official ceremonies, King Abdullah of Jordan arrived in the central West Bank city of Ramallah and held a meeting with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, in a visit that is the first since Palestine obtained a nonmember observer state status at the United Nations General Assembly.A Jordanian official stated that […]

29 Nov
6:15

Abbas Meets UN Secretary General In New York

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, met on Wednesday at night with the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, and discussed the Palestinian nonmember state application (observer state) that will be submitted and discussed Thursday. Abbas told the UN Secretary General that the Palestinians are determined to achieve their internationally guaranteed rights […]

28 Nov
11:53

Abbas Arrives In New York, US Slams France For Supporting P.A Bid

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, arrived in New York accompanied by several senior Palestinian officials, in order to officially submit the Palestinian application for a nonmember state status at the United Nations General Assembly.Palestinian sources reported that Abbas received a phone call from the deputy British Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, informing […]

27 Nov
12:30

Mashal Phones Abbas, Confirms Support To UN Bid

November 27, 2012 12:30 AM Saed Bannoura News Report, Palestine, Palestinian Politics 0

Head of the Political Bureau of the Hamas movement, Khaled Mashal, phoned Monday Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, informing him that the Hamas movement approves and supports the UN bid Abbas will be presenting on November 29.Mashal said that the Palestinian bid must be based on a national Palestinian vision and […]

22 Nov
7:28

Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Endorse Abbas’s Move At The UN

Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyya, senior Hamas official, Ahmad Bahar, and Islamic Jihad Leader, Mohammad al-Hindi, phoned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, informing him that their movements endorse Abbas’s UN Observer Status application.Abbas will be officially submitting the application to the General Assembly of the United Nations on November 29, 2012. The […]

15 Nov
6:36

Abbas Asks Security Council To Convene, Discuss Gaza Escalation

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, sent on Wednesday at night an urgent letter to the Security Council, currently convening in India, asking the International Community to act on stopping the Israeli military escalation against the Gaza Strip. Eight Palestinians, including children, have been killed, and more than 85 have been injured, […]

12 Nov
9:04

Abbas Declines U.S. Request Not To Head To UN

Palestinian political sources stated that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, declined a request made by U.S. President re-elect Barack Obama, asking him to refrain from heading to the United Nations this month to asking for upgrading the Palestinian status to an observer state, the Palestine News Network (PNN) reported.Abbas told Obama […]

03 Nov
9:49

Shaath: “Abbas Will Submit Straightforward, Clear, UN Application”

Palestinian official, Dr. Nabil Shaath, stated that there is no confusion in the text that President Mahmoud Abbas intends to submit to the United Nations this month, adding that Abbas will head to the UN telling world leaders “We have decided to raise Palestine’s status to an observer state, and […]

23 Oct
5:17

The Elders Meet Abbas In Ramallah

A delegation from “The Elders” visited Ramallah Monday and met Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and several senior officials, and discussed latest developments and obstacles obstructing peace in the region.The Elders were represented by former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter, Gro Harlem Bruntland, the first Norwegian woman to become a Prime Minister, […]

17 Oct
9:36

Abbas To Obama: “Heading To UN Is Not A Unilateral Move”

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, sent Tuesday a letter to American President, Barack Obama, informing him that the Palestinians are committed to a two-state solution, and that heading to the United Nations General Assembly in not a unilateral move.In his letter, Abbas also told Obama that filing an application to the […]

16 Oct
6:46

Hamas, Islamic Jihad Slam Abbas-Barak Meeting In Jordan

Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, and the Islamic Jihad Movement, slammed the Thursday meeting that took place between Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, in Amman – Jordan, saying that this points towards “the political bankruptcy of Abbas”.The meeting took place away from the media, and was […]

28 Sep
7:30

Abbas Delivers Speech At The United Nations

Palestinian Presidents, Mahmoud Abbas, delivered Thursday a speech at the United Nations in New York calling on the International Community to act and help the Palestinians establish their independent state. Abbas said that attacks carried out by extremist Israeli settlers against the Palestinians, their property and their holy sites are […]

09 Sep
3:34

Abbas: “We Will Head To The UN Sep. 27”

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated Saturday that he will be heading to the United Nations, on September 27, for deliberations on the Palestinian request for full Palestinian membership at the General Assembly”, the Arabs48 news website reported.Abbas’ statements came during a press conference in the central West Bank city of […]

06 Sep
6:48

Abbas Arrives In Cairo, Holds Talks With Security Officials

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, arrived in Cairo, on Wednesday evening, to attend talks held by the Arab Follow-up Committee. Abbas held talks with Egypt’s acting security chief and a number of security officials. The President landed at the Cairo and was welcomed by Egypt’s work force minister, Khaled Al-Azhary, the […]

05 Sep
5:08

Abbas To Meet Morsi In Cairo

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, will be arriving in Cairo on Wednesday evening for a two-day visit that will include a meeting with the newly elected Egyptian President, Mohammad Morsi, and Arab Foreign Ministers.The talks will focus on the latest developments in the occupied Palestinian territories, and the ongoing investigation into […]

29 Aug
4:48

Abbas To Head To Tehran

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, will be flying to Tehran, on Tuesday evening, in order to participate in the summit of the international Nonaligned Movement. Abbas will be heading to Jordan before flying to Tehran.The President will be accompanied by Dr. Saeb Erekat, Riyadh Al-Maliky, Nabil Abu Rodeina, and several other […]

22 Aug
12:29

Lieberman: “Abbas, An Obstacle To Peace”

August 22, 2012 12:29 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, of the fundamentalist Israel Our Home Party, stated that the Quartet Committee must act of setting a date for general and presidential elections in the Palestinian territories, “in order to replace Abbas, who became an obstacle to peace in the region”.Lieberman sent a letter in […]

09 Jul
11:28

Netanyahu Says He Is Willing To Meet Abbas, Release Detainees

July 9, 2012 11:28 AM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stated that he is willing to release dozens of Palestinian detainees before the end of this year, in exchange for holding a meeting with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas.Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that nearly 25 of the detainees that Netanyahu is willing to release are what […]

01 Jul
11:20

Abbas-Mofaz Meeting Postponed Until Further Notice

On Saturday, a senior Palestinian official told the Quds Net online news agency that the planned meeting between Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Israeli deputy Prime Minister, Shaul Mofaz, was postponed until further notice.The unnamed source stated that Abbas informed his assistants to tell the Israeli side “that Abbas […]

28 Jun
2:06

Abbas-Mofaz Meeting Next Sunday

Palestinian chief negotiator, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Saeb Erekat, stated that the meeting between President Mahmoud Abbas and the head of the Kadima opposition party in Israel, Shaul Mofaz, will be held this coming Sunday. Speaking to the Palestine Radio, Dr. Erekat […]

26 Jun
3:22

Abbas Welcomes Putin In Bethlehem

On Tuesday morning Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin to the West Bank city of Bethlehem; the visit was described as “historic”. Several Palestinian officials participated in the special welcome ceremony.Palestinian and Russians officials held a policy meeting just before Presidents Abbas and Putin met in the […]

19 Jun
4:48

Lieberman: ‘Abbas, Greatest Obstacle To Peace’

June 19, 2012 4:48 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, of the far right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) Party, stated that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, is an “obstacle to the peace process”, and added that should Abbas remain in power the peace process will fail to advance.His statements came during a session, at the […]

14 Jun
4:22

Abed-Rabbo: “Abbas-Netanyahu Meeting Must Carry Commitments”

June 14, 2012 4:22 PM Saed Bannoura News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Yasser Abed-Rabbo, stated that there are certain ideas about arranging a meeting between Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, but stressed that such a meeting must carry serious Israeli commitments to halt its violations.The official added that Israel does […]

17 May
2:30

Abbas Swears in New Ministers in Ramallah Reshuffle

Ma’an News reported from Ramallah today that Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad lost his dual role as finance minister in a government reshuffle on Wednesday, as President Mahmoud Abbas swore in 9 new ministers. Fayyad was replaced by Nabil Qassis, a former university president, who like Fayyad is a […]

14 May
1:18

Netanyahu Rejects Abbas’s Call to Halt Settlement Building in Response to Peace Talks Letter

One month after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sent a letter that it was hoped would initiate efforts over frozen peace negotiations, Netanyahu rejected demands to halt Jewish settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories.’The content of (Netanyahu’s) letter did not represent grounds for returning to negotiations,’ stated Hanan Ashrawi, a […]

05 Apr
10:37

Abbas Denounces New Settlement Construction Plan

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, slammed the Israeli decision to build 654 units in Jewish settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, and 180 units in the West Bank.Presidency spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rodeina, told the Palestinian New & Info Agency, WAFA, that the Israeli decision is another blow to the efforts to resume […]

04 Apr
3:14

Netanyahu To Send Letter To Abbas Asking Him To Resume Talks

April 4, 2012 3:14 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, intends to send a letter to Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, asking him to return to the Negotiations table, and telling him that he is willing, among other thing, to hold talks on borders, the refugees, and Jerusalem, in addition to demanding a Palestinian recognition of […]

04 Apr
10:24

Abbas Receives Russian Envoy

Visiting Jordan’s Capital, Amman, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, met on Tuesday the visiting special Russian Envoy to the Middle East Peace Process, Sergey Vershinin, and held talks on the situation in the Middle East, and the efforts to resume peace talks.Abbas informed envoy on the latest efforts to achieve comprehensive […]

08 Mar
7:19

Abbas Agrees To Head Interim Government

The Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) announced Wednesday that president Mahmoud Abbas agreed to be the head of the upcoming interim Palestinian government for a few months, until new elections are prepared and held.The PLO said that the new interim government will be a government of technocrats, […]

09 Feb
5:38

Abbas to Hale: “No Contradiction Between Peace, Palestinian Reconciliation”

February 9, 2012 5:38 AM Saed Bannoura News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told U.S. Middle East Envoy David Hale, on Thursday, that there is no contradiction between internal Palestinian reconciliation and the peace process with Israel.The meeting was also attended by Palestinian Liberation Organization Executive Committee member, Dr. Saeb Erekat; Presidential spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rodeina; and the American […]

07 Feb
9:02

Netanyahu Slams Abbas For Doha Agreement

February 7, 2012 9:02 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas over the reconciliation agreement, singed on Monday at the Qatari Capital of Doha. The deal between Fateh and Hamas head, Khaled Mashaal, states that Abbas would become the Prime Minister of the Unity Government until new elections are held.During a […]

06 Feb
4:09

Abbas Recommended to Serve as Interim Government Prime Minister

After recent meetings in Qatar, mediated by Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas Chief Khaled Mashaal announced that Abbas should serve as the Prime Minister of the Interim-Government, until elections can take place later this year. The two met in Doha, the Qatari capital, despite recent […]

01 Feb
11:49

Abbas: “We Seek Real, Comprehensive Peace”

On Wednesday evening, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated during a press conference held in Ramallah with the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban ki-moon, that the Palestinian leadership seeks a comprehensive peace agreement with Israel, but will not accept to hold talks while Tel Aviv continues its settlement activities in the occupied […]

24 Jan
6:51

Israel Obstructs Meeting Between Abbas and Jewish Leaders In Britain

Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that Jewish leaders in Britain cancelled a meeting that was scheduled with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, following intense pressure from the Israeli embassy in London, and Netanyahu’s office in Jerusalem.Haaretz stated that Israeli and British government officials pressured Jewish leaders into cancelling their meeting with Abbas, […]

11 Jan
1:31

Abbas Meets Kerry In Amman

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, met in Amman on Tuesday head of the U.S Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Kerry, and discussed the latest developments in the Middle East, the official Palestinian & Info Agency, WAFA, reported.Abbas informed Kerry on the latest developments of the Jordanian initiative to host Palestinian-Israeli meetings […]

25 Dec
4:41

Abbas In Bethlehem: “We Believe In Peace, We Seek Peace And Justice”

December 25, 2011 4:41 PM Saed Bannoura Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

During his participation in Christmas celebrations in the birthplace of Jesus Christ, Bethlehem, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated that the Palestinian leadership works for peace, and will never abandon its path, adding that peace is a vital interest for the Palestinian people, the Israeli people, the Arab world and the […]

02 Dec
11:05

Netanyahu Unhappy By Abbas-Livni Meeting

December 2, 2011 11:05 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, rebuked Israeli opposition leader, Tzipi Livni, for holding a meeting with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, in Jordanian capital, Amman.Livni phoned Netanyahu to inform him on the details of the meeting, that was not sanctioned by the Israeli government, but he rebuked her for holding the […]

01 Dec
3:36

Abbas- Livni Meet In Amman

December 1, 2011 3:36 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, News Report, Peace process 0

The Israeli Radio reported that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, held a meeting in Amman on Wednesday with Israeli opposition leader of the Kadima Party, Tzipi Livni.The Radio said that Livni demanded Abbas return to the negotiation table without any delays, adding that “Palestinian unilateral moves” will never lead to a […]