Search Results for : Abbas

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 […]

25 Nov
12:46

Abbas, Mashal, Meet in Cairo, Affirm National Unity

November 25, 2011 12:46 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, News Report, Palestinian Politics 0

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Hamas Political Bureau Chief, Khaled Mashal, met in Cairo, affirming the Palestinian national unity and partnership. An understanding was reached to hold legislative and presidential elections in May 2012.Talking to reporters after meeting Hamas delegates in Al Andalus Palace in Cairo, Abbas stated; “I […]

21 Nov
3:23

Surprise Visit: King Abdullah To Meet President Abbas

November 21, 2011 3:23 PM IMEMC News Diplomacy, News Report, Ramallah 0

The King of Jordan, Abdullah II, will make a surprise visit to the West Bank today to meet with President Mahmoud Abbas to reiterate Jordan’s support for the Palestinian people.The visit to Ramallah was confirmed by the Petra News agency and “Comes as part of efforts to achieve peace and […]

17 Nov
7:33

Abbas: “We Seek Peace. We Want A Balanced U.S. Role”

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas stated, during a speech on the 7th anniversary of the death of President Yasser Arafat and the 23rd anniversary of his declaration of independence, that the Palestinian Authority does not want a clash with the United States, but wants a balanced American role regarding the […]

17 Nov
6:49

Abbas & Mashal To Meet Soon

Senior leaders of the Fatah and Hamas movements stated that Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, and Hamas Political Bureau head, Khaled Mashal, will be holding a meeting in approximately one week in an attempt to implement the National Unity Agreement.President Abbas said that the meeting is scheduled to be held […]

29 Oct
3:12

Israel Sends Note To UN, Claims Abbas Responsible For Escalation

As part of its international campaign to isolate the Palestinian Authority and its statehood application, the Israeli government sent a letter to UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, accusing Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, of granting the Hamas movement a green light to fire shells into Israel.The note was submitted by Israel’s […]

26 Oct
5:19

Fateh official: Israeli threats to assassinate Abbas are serious

October 26, 2011 5:19 PM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Faisal Abu Shahala, a member of the Revolutionary Council of Fatah, issued an appeal on Wednesday to the international community to end what he termed Israeli terrorism. He described recent Israeli threats to assassinate the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, as very serious, adding that such threats are a form of […]

25 Oct
6:54

Lieberman: “Abbas Is An Obstacle To Peace”

October 25, 2011 6:54 AM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli Foreign Minister of the Yisrael Beiteinu far-right fundamentalist party, Avigdor Lieberman, stated that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, is the immediate obstacle to peace, and that Abbas’ “his threats to resign are not threats but blessings”. Israeli Ynet News reported that Lieberman stated that the Palestinian President is not focusing […]

24 Oct
4:39

Israeli Leaders Said To be ‘At Odds Over Punishing Abbas’

Israeli military seeks to put in place a set of steps to reduce the gains obtained by Hamas, from the prisoner-swap deal which secured the release of over one thousand Palestinian detainees in exchange for captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, the Ma’an News Agency reported.The military leadership in Israel is […]

21 Oct
8:18

Abbas Says Olmert Promised Release Of a Large Number Of Detainees

October 21, 2011 8:18 PM Saed Bannoura News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Times Magazine that he held progressive talks with former Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, who had to resign due to corruption charges. Olmert promised to release hundreds of detainees if Shalit was released from captivity.The Palestinian President said that he expects the current Israeli Prime […]

19 Oct
9:21

Mashal Calls On Abbas To Implement National Unity Agreement

October 19, 2011 9:21 AM IMEMC News News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Khaled Mashal, head of the Hamas Movement’s political Bureau in Damascus, called on President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday, to hold a meeting with Hamas in Cairo next week. The object of such a meet is to conclude all outstanding issues, which are delaying the full implementation of the Palestinian reconciliation […]

14 Oct
11:52

Mashal, Abbas, To Meet Soon

A senior source within the Hamas movement reported that arrangements are being made to secure a meeting between Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and Hamas Political Bureau head, Khaled Mashal.The source, who elected to remain anonymous, told the Hamas-affiliated Palestinian Information Center, that contact between Fateh and Hamas is ongoing to […]

13 Oct
1:22

Abbas Leaves Bogotá Empty-Handed After Failing To Secure Colombia’s Vote.

October 13, 2011 1:22 AM William Gibson Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has failed in his attempt to persuade Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to support the Palestinian bid for statehood at the upcoming United Nations Security Council vote.The delegation from Palestine landed in Bogotá Monday morning full of hope and optimism, they now surely leave disheartened and […]

11 Oct
9:57

Quartet Plans To Coordinate Meeting Between Abbas And Netanyahu

The International Quartet Committee is trying to set up a meeting between Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, before the end of October, in accordance with the timetable established in its announcement on September 23 regarding the resumption of the stalled peace talks, the Maan News […]

10 Oct
10:13

President Abbas Visits Colombia To Urge Support For Palestinian State

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his delegation reached Bogotá, his third destination in seeking positive UN votes for the Palestinian state, to urge Colombia’s support. Abbas was welcomed by the assistant minister of foreign affairs of Colombia at the airport on Monday morning, the Ma’an News Agency reported. The Palestinian […]

06 Oct
10:41

Abbas Meets President Of European Council’s Parliamentary Assembly

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with the president of the Parliamentary Assembly, Molod Shawish Oglo, today, October 6, at the Palace of Europe in Strasbourg. Mr. Oglo discussed efforts to urge member states in the Security Council to vote for the admission of Palestine as a United Nations member. On […]

06 Oct
7:41

Abbas Delivers Speech At European Parliament On Thursday

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, will deliver a speech at the European Parliament on Thursday in Strasbourg, the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency reported. Strasbourg is the first stop of Mr. Abbas’ trip to the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and France to gain more support for the Palestinian application at the UN Security […]

26 Sep
5:42

Netanyahu calls Abbas for unconditional negotiations

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, called on the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, for a resumption of peace talks without any pre-conditions in order to achieve peace. “Palestinians want an independent state but they have to give peace first. What they are trying to achieve is that they have gone to […]

26 Sep
5:08

President Abbas receives hero’s welcome in West Bank, declares ‘Palestinian Spring’

September 26, 2011 5:08 PM IMEMC News News Report, Palestinian Politics, Ramallah 0

Thousands gather in Ramallah as Palestinian President returns from New York; Abbas expected to convene top ministers to discuss the Quartet’s proposal for renewing peace talks.Thousands of Palestinians cheering and waving flags gave President Mahmoud Abbas a hero’s welcome in the West Bank Sunday, as he told them triumphantly a […]

24 Sep
8:08

Netanyahu to Abbas: let us meet today to revive stalled peace talks

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, addressed the Palestinian Leader, Mahmoud Abbas, asking him to hold a meeting together today at the UN headquarters to re-start the stalled Palestinian-Israeli direct negotiations, the Maan News Agency reported late Friday.Netanyahu said in his speech at the UN General Assembly, addressing the Palestinian leader, […]

24 Sep
12:44

Full transcript of Mahmoud Abbas speech at UN General Assembly

September 24, 2011 12:44 PM IMEMC & Agencies International, News Report, Peace process 0

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas addresses United Nations General Assembly after submitting application for recognition as independent Palestinian state to UN Chief Ban Ki-moon.Mr. President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Mr. Secretary-General of the United Nations, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, At the outset, I wish to extend my […]

24 Sep
12:24

Excerpts Of Abbas’ UN Speech, Israel’s Response

September 24, 2011 12:24 PM Saed Bannoura International, News Report, Peace process 0

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered his historic speech at the United Nations on Friday, officially submitting the Palestinian bid for a Palestinian state with full membership at the United Nations. He denounced the ongoing Israeli violations, settlement activities and attacks, and confirmed the Palestinian willingness for comprehensive peace based on […]

24 Sep
11:58

Hamas: “Abbas’ Speech Filled With Contradictions”

September 24, 2011 11:58 AM Saed Bannoura International, News Report, Peace process 0

Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, stated that the Friday evening speech of Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, at the United Nations, “is filled with contradictions, despite its emotional start”. Hamas said that Abbas managed to relay the suffering of the Palestinian people living under Israeli occupation, facing assaults and massive deportation and […]

24 Sep
7:01

Abbas submits Palestinian-UN membership bid

September 24, 2011 7:01 AM IMEMC News International, News Report, Peace process 0

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas officially submitted his bid for a Palestinian state with full membership at the United Nations to the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon on Friday afternoon. Abbas submitted the bid to Ban Ki-Moon in his office at the UN in an envelope with the Palestinian state slogan printed […]

21 Sep
7:54

Obama holds closed meeting with Abbas in New York to try to stop Palestinian-UN bid

September 21, 2011 7:54 PM IMEMC News International, News Report, Peace process 0

The White House announced that the US President, Barack Obama, would hold a closed-door meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday evening outside the UN General Assembly meetings in New York, the French Press Agency reported on Wednesday. “President Obama will be holding a meeting with the PA President, […]

20 Sep
9:03

Abbas Ready To Meet Netanyahu In New York

September 20, 2011 9:03 PM IMEMC News International, News Report, Peace process 0

Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said that he is ready to meet with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and any other Israeli officials as along as they have something new to offer, the Maan News Agency reported late Monday. “I do not have any problem meeting with Netanyahu or any […]

17 Sep
10:14

Islamic Jihad And Hamas Slam Abbas’ Speech

September 17, 2011 10:14 AM Saed Bannoura News Report, Palestine, Palestinian Politics 0

Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, and the Islamic Jihad, denounced the speech of Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, regarding the UN membership bid, in which he also stated that the hopes Israeli-Palestinian peace talk will be restarted soon.In an interview with the Maan News Agency, Hamas spokesperson in the West Bank, Fawzi […]

17 Sep
3:15

Abbas: ‘We Are Going To The Security Council To Seek Full UN Membership’

September 17, 2011 3:15 AM George Rishmawi News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made a speech to the nation, Friday evening in which he emphasized that the Palestinian leadership is going to the United Nations Security Council to demand full membership in the UN.“After I speak to the UN General Assembly, I will submit our request to the […]

17 Sep
1:46

Abbas to Address his People

September 17, 2011 1:46 AM IMEMC News News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, will be delivering a speech to the Palestinian people at which he would announce the final Palestinian-UN bid for statehood amid the growing tension regarding the Palestinian plan of the universal vote for the bid in order for Palestine to be a full membership at the […]

16 Sep
4:54

Abbas: No conflict between statehood bid and peace process

September 16, 2011 4:54 PM IMEMC News International, News Report, Peace process 0

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, reaffirmed on Friday that the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations next week does not conflict with the peace process in the Middle East. He added that the Palestinian bid for statehood will lead the peace talks out of the impasse which he said […]

15 Sep
11:09

Hamas: “Abbas’ U.N Move, Uncalculated Leap”

September 15, 2011 11:09 AM Saed Bannoura International Politics, News Report, Palestine 0

Dr. Salah Bardaweel, one of the senior political leaders of the Hamas movement, warned of what he called “the dangers of the Palestinian-UN bid” asking the UN to recognize a Palestinian State in the 1967 border, adding that this move is an “uncalculated leap into the air”, and a “move […]

08 Sep
11:46

Hale Demands Abbas To Void U.N Move

September 8, 2011 11:46 AM Saed Bannoura International Politics, News Report, Ramallah 0

U.S. Envoy, David Hale, has officially demanded on Wednesday, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, to void the plan to head to the United Nations to seek international recognition of statehood, and told him that Washington opposes the move.Abbas met Hale at the presidential headquarters in the central West Bank city of […]

07 Sep
4:17

Abbas: “We Are Committed To Serious Talks”

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated on Tuesday at night that the Palestinian leadership is committed to peace negotiations with Israel, but the Israeli stances and its rejection to abide by the signed peace deals, pushes the Palestinians to head to the United Nations.The statements of Abbas came during his meeting […]

06 Sep
5:59

Israeli Intellectuals Meet Abbas, Express Support For Palestinian UN Bid

September 6, 2011 5:59 PM IMEMC News News Report, Peace process, Ramallah 0

A group of 20 Israeli intellectuals, including artists and writers, held a meeting with Abbas at his headquarters in Ramallah, and discussed the Palestinian move for full membership at the UN and their right to statehood. They also expressed support to the Palestinian right to independence and statehood after ending […]

01 Sep
10:43

Rabbi Froman Meets Abbas, Expresses Support to UN Bid

September 1, 2011 10:43 AM Saed Bannoura Miscellaneous, News Report, Ramallah 0

Jewish Rabbi Menachen Froman met on Wednesday with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, in Ramallah, and informed him that he and several Jewish Rabbis support the Palestinian bid at the United Nations to seek full UN membership and international recognition of statehood in the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its […]

28 Aug
9:41

Abbas: “We Are Willing To Listen to Suggestions, Alternatives To UN Move”

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated Saturday that the Palestinian leadership is willing to listen to proposals and suggestions from the International Community to return to the negotiations table with Israel, instead of heading to the UN in September.Abbas added that the Palestinian decision to head to the UN this September […]

12 Aug
11:42

Abbas: “Future State Will Be Under NATO Security Forces Headed By The USA”

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated Thursday that the future Palestinian state will be under the security responsibility of a third party, NATO forces, led by the United States of America. His statements came as we welcomed US Senators and legislators visiting the presidential headquarters in the Central West Bank city […]

06 Aug
2:34

Abbas To Visit Lebanon To Hold Talks on Palestinian Statehood

Palestinian sources reported that President Mahmoud Abbas will be visiting Lebanon in the middle of this month as he accepted an official invitation from the Lebanese president, Michael Suleiman Aoun. Lebanon will be heading the UN security Council in September.The sources added that Abbas will be in Lebanon on August […]

27 Jun
9:20

Mahmoud Abbas Confirms Unilateral UN Bid in September

Palestinian Authority President Abbas confirmed on Sunday that he will pursue recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations General Assembly in September.Abbas stated that the move would be pursued unilaterally unless serious negotiations with Israel were to resume. Previously Abbas indicated that recognition would be pursued irrespective of […]

21 Jun
3:22

Hamas Denounces Abbas’s Statements Regarding New Government

Hamas spokesperson Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, denounced the Monday statements of President Mahmoud Abbas regarding the upcoming unity government, and described the statements as an “unnecessary media escalation”. In an interview with the Hamas-affiliated Palestinian Information Center on Monday evening, Abu Zuhri said that the statements of Abbas are false, […]

21 Jun
2:07

Abbas: “I Have The Right To Name New Prime Minister”

In an interview with the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC), Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, said that he has the right to name the head of the upcoming Palestinian transitional government that would serve for 10 or 11 months.Abbas stated that the transitional government would be in charge of two main tasks; […]

03 Jun
6:01

Israeli Sources: “Peres Meets Abbas In Italy”

Visiting Italy Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, held a meeting, on Thursday, with Israeli President, Shimon Peres, and the two held talks on the efforts to resume the stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.Israeli paper, Yedioth Aharonoth, reported that the office of Peres demanded that details of the talks should remain anonymous, while […]

25 May
11:44

Abbas Says No Change Of Plan Regards September

The Palestinian Authority has reaffirmed its determination to go to the UN General Assembly in September in light of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to US Congress. The PA, following meetings to consider their reaction to Netanyahu’s speech, has signalled they are to continue with efforts to have a Palestinian […]

25 May
10:40

Israeli TV: “Netanyahu Crushed Abbas During His Congress Speech”

May 25, 2011 10:40 AM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli TV, Channel 2, quoted several Israeli political analysts stating that, during his congress speech on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, crushed Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and managed to convince the Congress that peace talks are arbitrary.Channel 2 reported that several prominent political analysts in Israel said that Netanyahu […]

20 May
3:17

Abbas Calls For Urgent Meeting To Discuss Obama’s Speech

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, called on Thursday evening for an urgent meeting between Palestinian political leaders, and for consultations with Arab leaders, to discuss the speech of U.S. President, Barack Obama.Dr. Saeb Erekat, member of the Political Bureau of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), stated during a press conference in […]

12 May
4:35

Report: “Abbas To Become Prime Minister Of Unity Government”

Palestinian political sources told the Maan News Agency that the Fateh and Hamas movements agreed that the current President, Mahmoud Abbas, will be holding the position of Prime Minister it the new unity government.The sources stated that Hamas leader, current Prime Minister of the Hamas-led government in Gaza, Ismail Haniyya, […]

26 Apr
7:41

Abbas says Obama disappointed the Palestinians

April 26, 2011 7:41 PM George Rishmawi News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says U.S. President Barak Obama gave us hope then abandoned us midway. Abbas’ comments were published in an interview with the American “Newsweek” magazine. Abbas said that the Palestinian leadership knew Obama before he became president, and he was very sympathetic with the Palestinians. However, Obama […]

22 Apr
4:38

Abbas Warns Of Consequences Should US Reject State Declaration

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, warned on Thursday evening that dangerous and harsh consequences could take place should the United States obstruct Palestinian efforts to declare statehood at the United Nations in September this year. During talks with French leaders in Paris, Abbas said that it is illogical for the US […]

27 Mar
8:42

Abbas Meets Hamas Leaders In The West Bank

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, met on Saturday with Hamas representatives in the West Bank and told them he plans to head to Gaza in an attempt to end internal rifts and to form an interim unity government run by independent figures. During the meeting, Abbas stated that there can be […]

20 Mar
12:56

PLC Head Hopes To Join Abbas In His Gaza Visit

Dr. Aziz Dweik, head of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), stated Saturday that he hopes that he would be able to accompany President Mahmoud Abbas in his first visit to Gaza following several years of internal divisions between Fateh and Hamas. Dweik, head of the Hamas Change and Reform Parliamentary […]

17 Mar
6:34

Abbas: “Israel Rushes To Blame The Palestinians For Itamar Killings Before Truth Is Even Known”

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated Wednesday that Israel always rushes to blame the Palestinians, and rushed to blame them for the brutal murder of a Jewish family in Itamar settlement, even before the truth is even known.The Palestine News and Info Agency reported that Abbas made this comment during the […]

17 Mar
3:30

Abbas Says Ready To Head To Gaza For Talks

Mahmoud Abbas has stated, on Wednesday, that he is willing to travel to the Gaza Strip to meet with Ismail Haniyya of Hamas, in an attempt to restart the stalled reconciliation attempts between the two parties.Abbas also stated, speaking in Ramallah, that he will not run for re-election and that […]

16 Mar
9:19

Haniyya Calls On Abbas To Visit Gaza, Start National Unity Talks

Prime Minister of the dissolved Hamas-led government in Gaza, Ismail Haniyya, called Tuesday on Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, to visit the Gaza Strip and initiate comprehensive unity talks.Haniyya said that his government supports the youth movements’ call for national unity based on reconciliation and transparency. Talking to crowds of peaceful […]

26 Jan
3:00

Hamas: “Abbas No Longer Authorized To Negotiate On Behalf Of the Palestinians”

The Hamas movement in Gaza stated that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, does not represent the Palestinian people, and is no longer authorized to negotiate with Israel on behalf of the Palestinians.Hamas political leader, Khalil al-Hayya, stated that Hamas is withdrawing its authorization granted to Abbas under the National Unity Agreement […]

25 Jan
9:51

Abbas: “Al Jazeera Report Mixed Between Israeli Proposals, Palestinian Demands”

Describing the report of the Qatar-based News Agency, Al Jazeera, as shameful, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated that the report is misleading as it mixed between what Israel is proposing and what the Palestinian Negotiators are demanding.During a Press Conference held in Egypt during a visit to President Hosni Mubarak, […]

31 Dec
10:40

Abbas: ‘The New Draft is Designed to Gain the U.S. Support’

December 31, 2010 10:40 PM IMEMC News News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

In the following days, P.A. and other Arab states will bring a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council, calling to condemn Israel for the illegal settlement construction in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Abbas stressed on Thursday, with regard to a possible U.S. veto, that the draft follows Secretary […]

16 Dec
9:40

Mubarak Separately Meets Abbas, Mitchell

December 16, 2010 9:40 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, News Report, Peace process 0

On Wednesday, Egypt’s President, Hosni Mubarak, held separate talks in Cairo with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and U.S Middle East Envoy, George Mitchell, and discussed the means to resolve the current deadlock in peace talks. Recently, the United States admitted it had failed in persuading Israel to freeze its settlement […]

05 Dec
7:20

Netanyahu Thanks Abbas For Palestinian Firefighters Help

December 5, 2010 7:20 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, received on Friday a phone call from Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, for sending Palestinian firefighters to help in controlling the fires in the north of the country. The Palestine News and Information Agency, WAFA, reported that Abbas told Netanyahu that, under such conditions and disaster, […]

04 Dec
6:43

Abbas Threatens To Dissolve P.A

December 4, 2010 6:43 PM Saed Bannoura News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, threatened to dissolve the Palestinian Authority and the self-rule government in the occupied territories should Israel fail to stop all of its settlement activities. Abbas added that should the United States stop its support, and fail to be an objective mediator in peace talks, the whole […]

01 Dec
7:37

Abbas: “We Are Ready For Real Peace, We Demand A Fully Independent State”

December 1, 2010 7:37 PM Saed Bannoura News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated Tuesday that the Palestinians are ready for real and comprehensive peace with Israel, but will not accept a temporary solution as they demand the implementation of all internationally guaranteed rights. Abbas’ statements came during a press conference with the German President, Christian Wulff, as he […]

30 Nov
10:32

Abbas To UN: Settlements a ‘Time Bomb”

November 30, 2010 10:32 PM Saed Bannoura International, News Report, Peace process 0

Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, stated during a UN Speech marking the International Day for Solidarity with the Palestinians, that Israel’s settlements are a ticking time bomb that is capable of destroying the peace process at any given moment. November 29 became the official International Day for Solidarity with the Palestinians […]

08 Nov
10:37

Abbas: Palestinian State Could be Declared Within a Year

November 8, 2010 10:37 PM IMEMC News News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

Speaking at the first Sir Bani Yas Forum on Peace and Global Security in Abu Dhabi, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that Palestinians will declare a sovereign state within a year, if negotiations with Israel fail.Abbas expressed that Palestinian Authority’s agenda is clear: “If Israel refuses to freeze settlements, we […]

26 Oct
1:23

Abbas Visits the Restoration Works of the Nativity Church

October 26, 2010 1:23 AM IMEMC News Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

On Monday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited the site of restorations being carried out on the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Abbas said that he was happy to see the repairs and thanked the team of engineers, local administrators and foreigner experts who had come to Palestine specifically to […]

18 Oct
1:53

Abbas: “Netanyahu Told Me He Cannot Extend Settlement Freeze’

October 18, 2010 1:53 PM Saed Bannoura Israeli Settlement, News Report, Palestine 0

During a TV Interview with Israel’s Channel 1, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told him that he cannot extend the freeze on settlement activities in the occupied territories. Abbas said that Netanyahu explained his stance by stating that he fears his government coalition would […]

15 Oct
7:45

Abbas: “We Believe In A Two-State Solution”

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas stated that the Palestinian Authority believes in a two-state solution that would ensure the establishment of an independent Palestinian State within the 1967 borders, and that this solution is the best for the future of the two peoples.During a press conference with Finland’s President, Tarja Halonen, […]

09 Oct
7:10

Abbas Hints at Dismantling P.A. Should Peace Talks Fail

October 9, 2010 7:10 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, News Report, Peace process 0

During a Friday night meeting with the Arab Follow-up Committee in the Libyan city of Sirt, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, cast doubts on the future of the Palestinian Authority if peace talks with Israel fail to bring about a Palestinian State. Abbas said that there would be no point in […]

04 Oct
9:16

Abbas: “No Talks Under Settlement Construction”

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated following a Sunday meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan, that he will not return to the negotiations table unless Israel halts its settlement activities in the occupied territories. He said that he will continue deliberations and talks with the United States in order to resolve […]

29 Sep
11:15

Mitchell To Meet Abbas, Arab And Israeli Leaders

September 29, 2010 11:15 AM Saed Bannoura News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

The U.S. State Department stated Tuesday that U.S. Middle East Peace Envoy, George Mitchell, will be meeting Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and several Arab and Israeli leaders during his Wednesday and Thursday tour in the region. U.S. State Department spokesperson, Philip Crowley, stated that Mitchell will likely stay in the […]

24 Sep
5:49

Abbas in New York; “No Settlement Freeze Means No Talks”

Speaking to dozens of Palestinians at the Egyptian embassy in New York, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated that the Palestinian Authority will withdraw from peace talks should Israel refrain from halting its settlement activities.Out of nearly 600,000, there are nearly 260,000 Palestinian voters, in the United States. Dozens of Palestinians […]

23 Sep
4:32

Barak, Abbas Meet In New York

Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, held a meeting in New York, Tuesday, with Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, as the two discussed the efforts to ensure the resumption of peace talks. The two leaders are in New York for a series of meetings with senior U.S. officials in an effort to […]

23 Sep
3:12

Abbas: ‘Settlement Resumption Doesn’t Necessarily Mean End Of Talks

September 23, 2010 3:12 AM George Rishmawi International, News Report, Peace process 0

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signaled on Wednesday, that renewed settlement construction by Israel would not end the current round of peace talks. Abbas’ comments came during a dinner with Jewish leaders in New York.Abbas was quoted as saying, ‘I can’t say I will leave the negotiations, but it will be […]

16 Sep
5:40

Netanyahu, Abbas Meet In Jerusalem

September 16, 2010 5:40 PM Saed Bannoura Jerusalem, News Report, Peace process 0

At his Jerusalem home, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, held his first official meeting with Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas; U.S. secretary of state, Hilary Clinton, and U.S. Middle East Peace Envoy, George Mitchell attended the meeting. Although no signs of any breakthrough regarding Israel’s settlement activities were reported, Mitchell stated […]

15 Sep
5:44

Netanyahu, Abbas To Meet In Jerusalem

September 15, 2010 5:44 PM Saed Bannoura Jerusalem, News Report, Peace process 0

Direct Palestinian-Israeli talks will be resumed Wednesday by a meeting that brings together Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu; the meeting will be held at Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem.Later on Wednesday, Abbas and Netanyahu will be holding a meeting with the participation of U.S Secretary of […]

12 Sep
6:52

Abbas, Netanyahu To Meet In Egypt Tuesday

September 12, 2010 6:52 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, News Report, Peace process 0

The Palestine News Agency, WAFA, reported Saturday that Egypt will be hosting a meeting between Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, at the Egyptian resort of Sharm Al Sheikh this coming Tuesday. U.S. Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, will be participating in the talks as part […]

10 Sep
7:55

Peres Phones Abbas, Tells Him Netanyahu Is “Trustworthy”

September 10, 2010 7:55 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli President, Shimon Peres, phoned Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, Thursday evening and told him that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, “can be trusted as a partner for peace”.Peres told Abbas that he should not give up on the peace process, and that he [Abbas] is the best man who is […]

07 Sep
6:03

President Abbas: Talks Will End if Settlement Freeze not Extended

The end of September might be the end of peace talks, if Israel refuses to extend the settlement freeze, the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the local daily newspaper al-Ayyam.’This was made clear to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton and to the Israeli Prime Minister, and I told […]

16 Aug
11:26

Hale Leaves Ramallah Following A Meeting With Abbas, P.A Officials

August 16, 2010 11:26 AM Saed Bannoura News Report, Peace process, Ramallah 0

U.S envoy, David Hale, left Ramallah by midnight Sunday following a meeting with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and a number of Palestinian officials at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah. Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) secretary-general, Dr. Yasser Abed Rabbo, Palestinian Authority (P.A) spokesperson, Dr. Nabil Abu Rodeina, and the head of […]

07 Aug
2:56

Abbas Is Not Opposed To Direct Talks With Conditions

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has laid out the conditions that would get Palestinians back into face-to-face discussions with the Israelis.The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has said that he will likely engage in direct talks with Israel if certain conditions are met in the meantime, according to statements which were released […]

28 Jul
1:21

U.S. To Abbas: Go to direct talks to stop home demolitions and freeze settlements

An Internal Palestinian memo issued by the Negotiation department of the Palestinian Liberation Organization warned the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of rescinding his preconditions to direct talks with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamine Netanyahu as political suicide, Palestinian media sources reported.The memo comes as U.S pressure on the Palestinian president […]

19 Jul
12:31

Mubarak Holds Separate Meetings With Abbas, Mitchell, and Netanyahu

July 19, 2010 12:31 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, News Report, Peace process 0

Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, held separate meetings in Cairo with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, U.S Middle East Envoy, George Mitchell, and Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. The talks were focused on the efforts to advance proximity talks into direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian people. Mitchell arrived in Cairo […]

10 Jul
1:21

Obama Phones Abbas, Assures Him Peace Is Possible

United States President Barack Obama, phoned on Friday evening the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, in Ramallah and discussed with him the latest developments that took place during Obama’s meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Palestinian presidency spokesperson, Dr. Nabil Abu Rodeina, stated that Abbas told Obama that he is […]

01 Jul
7:28

Netanyahu “Invites” Abbas To Visit Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, invited the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, to visit Jerusalem and hold direct talks with him.Netanyahu also said that he is willing to visit Ramallah to hold talks with Abbas. The statements of the Israeli Prime Minister came after concluding his meeting with U.S. Middle East […]

04 Jun
8:12

Hamas Invites Abbas To Gaza

The Hamas movement invited Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, of the rival Fateh party, to visit the Gaza Strip as the first step to break the Israeli siege, and end internal divisions between the two movements. Mousa Abu Marzouq, deputy head of the Hamas political bureau, invited Abbas to visit Gaza, […]

27 May
10:07

Abbas to Visit Washington Soon

The White House reported Wednesday that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will be visiting Washington soon to hold a meeting with President Barack Obama. The White House says that president Obama is looking forwards to Abbas’ visit, where the two leaders will discuss issues regarding peace in the Middle East. White […]

22 May
10:24

Abbas Offers Concessions Over Borders

May 22, 2010 10:24 AM Saed Bannoura News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

The Wall Street Journal reported, Friday, that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, offered Israel concessions regarding the borders of the anticipated Palestinian State. The report stated that Abbas and his negotiations team holding proximity talks mediated by the United States, offered more concession that the ones Abbas offered the former Israeli […]

18 May
9:27

Erekat: “Mitchell And Abbas To Meet Wednesday”

Chief Palestinian Negotiator, Dr. Saeb Erekat, stated Monday that President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S Middle East Envoy, George Mitchell, will meet this coming Wednesday instead of Tuesday, as had previously been declared, and intend hold talks on the issues of borders and security.Dr. Erekat said that the talks would focus […]

12 May
2:19

Obama To Abbas: “Talks To Focus On Borders, Security”

The White House reported Tuesday that President Barack Obama phoned Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and informed him that the proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians will focus on final-status issues, mainly borders and security. The White house said that Obama will hold the Palestinians and Israel responsible for any […]

06 May
7:10

Abbas: “Indirect Talks Will Discuss Final Status Issues”

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated that proximity talks with Israel will discuss final status issues, including borders and security, and several related issues. Abbas told reporters following his meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan that the Palestinian leadership will hold a meeting Saturday to make a final decision on proximity […]

27 Apr
10:52

Abbas Bans Settlement Products

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has issued a ban on products from Jewish settlement in West Bank, Reuters reported on Monday.“There’s an international consensus that the settlements are illegal and therefore it is unacceptable to support them,” the President’s legal adviser, Mr Hassan al-Awri, explained. Pro-Palestinian activists world-wide have campaigned for […]

27 Mar
5:10

U.S Informs Abbas Of Obama-Netanyahu Meeting Failure

The United States Administration officially informed Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, of the failure of the meeting that took place between American President, Barack Obama, and Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. President Obama could and his aides could not convince Netanyahu to stop settlement activities in the occupied territories and in […]

24 Feb
2:41

Netanyahu Blasts Abbas’ Statements Regarding “Jewish Heritage Trial”

February 24, 2010 2:41 PM Saed Bannoura Israeli Politics, News Report, West Bank 0

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, blasted president Mahmoud Abbas for his remarks regarding Israel’s plan to consider the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron and the Bilal Mosque in Bethlehem as part of the “Jewish Heritage Trail.”Netanyahu claimed that Israel has the obligation to ensure the freedom of religion to all faiths, […]

24 Feb
1:35

Abbas Concerned ‘Heritage Sites’ Dispute Will Cause Religious War; Hamas Calls For 3rd Intifada

February 24, 2010 1:35 PM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, News Report, West Bank 0

During a speech made to the Belgian Parliament in Brussels, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed his concern that the listing of the Ibrahimi Mosque and the Mosque of Bilal as Jewish heritage sites may provide the spark to begin a ‘war of religions.’ OSCAILTIMAGE(attachments/feb2010/president_mahmoud_abbas__photo_by_imemcs_ghassan_bannoura_2008.jpg 300 0) President Mahmoud Abbas – […]

12 Feb
2:55

Abbas Instructs Erekat To Ensure The Release of An Ailing Detainee Imprisoned By Israel

February 12, 2010 2:55 PM Saed Bannoura News Report, Prisoners, Qalqilia 0

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported that President Mahmoud Abbas instructed head of the Negotiations Department at the Palestinian Liberation Organization to act on the release of a sick detainee imprisoned by Israel since more than 30 years.The PPS stated that detainee Akram Mansour is in a critical condition, and […]

02 Feb
1:31

Hamas: “Abbas No Longer Represents The Palestinians”

On Monday, Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, issued a statement challenging the legitimacy of president Mahmoud Abbas, stating that Abbas’ term in office is over, and that he does not represent the Palestinian people and their aspirations anymore. Hamas said that Abbas’ statements regarding accepting the resumption of peace talks with […]

02 Feb
3:09

President Abbas Meets With Chancellor of Germany

On Monday, the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, met the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, in the German capital city of Berlin.The two leaders discussed the latest updates on the peace process and the German-Palestinian relations. The Palestinian-Israeli peace process has been on stalemate since 2009 as Israeli refuses to halt […]

01 Feb
11:56

Abbas Hints Indirect Talks With Israel After 3 Months Settlement Freeze

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, hinted on Monday that he might accept holding indirect peace talks with Israel, mediated by US Envoy, George Mitchell. He added that direct talks cannot resume before Israel freezes settlement activities for three months. His statements regarding the three months freeze are considered a backtrack on […]

29 Dec
12:32

Abbas: “We Will Prosecute Those War Criminals”

December 29, 2009 12:32 AM Saed Bannoura Gaza Strip, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated that the Palestinian Authority will act on prosecuting all Israeli war criminals who killed women, elderly and children during the aggression on Gaza one year ago. He added that the Israeli government committed one of its worst crimes against the Palestinian people and did not […]

23 Dec
12:34

Abbas: “No New Intifada As Long As Am in Power”

December 23, 2009 12:34 PM Saed Bannoura News Report, Palestine, Palestinian Politics 0

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated Tuesday that there will be no new Palestinian Intifada (uprising) as long as he is in power, but also warned that the current “calm” will reach an end as soon as he leaves office next June.In an interview with the Wall Street American paper, Abbas […]

17 Dec
3:35

PLO Central Committee Extends Abbas, PLC terms

The central committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization extended on Wednesday President Mahmoud Abbas and the Legislative Council terms. At the meeting today in the central West Bank city of Ramallah the committee announced that both terms are extended until the next elections. The PLO Central Committee called on Hamas […]

25 Nov
12:10

Abbas: “Obama Is Doing Nothing To Advance Peace”

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated that U.S. President, Barack Obama is, so far, doing nothing to facilitate the peace process, and added that he hopes Obama will be playing an essential role.57207 OSCAILTIMAGE(attachments/nov2009/obama_us_flag.jpeg 300 0) Barack Obama Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated that U.S. President, Barack Obama is, so far, […]