White House slams Abbas for swearing at US ambassador to Israel

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

The White House on Monday condemned Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, after he called the US ambassador to Israel David Friedman a "son of a dog.""The time has come for President Abbas to choose between hateful rhetoric and concrete and practical efforts to improve the quality of life of his people and lead them to peace and prosperity," top Trump aide Jason Greenblatt said in a terse statement."Notwithstanding his highly inappropriate insults against members of the ...

Abbas accuses Hamas of attempting to assassinate Palestinian prime minister

Monday, 19 March 2018

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Hamas of attempting to assassinate Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.(Developing)

Palestinian faction Fatah slams Qatari envoy’s ‘divisive remarks’ on Gaza

Monday, 26 February 2018

Fatah on Sunday condemned Qatari envoy Mohammed al-Emadi, head of the Qatari committee for the reconstruction of Gaza, for holding the Palestinian Authority partly responsible for the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza and said these statements aim to strengthen the Palestinian divide. “The political statements which the Qatari envoy made against President Mahmoud Abbas attempt to exploit the tragic situation in Gaza as he denies the support we provide to our people there and ...

Palestinian President Abbas in US hospital

Friday, 23 February 2018

The Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, has gone into hospital in the United States for a routine check, a senior Palestinian official told Reuters on Thursday. “He is in the hospital now doing ordinary checks,” the official said by telephone, without giving further details. Abbas, 82, addressed the UN Security Council in New York on Feb. 20 and called for an international conference to be held by mid-2018 to kick-start the stalled peace process with ...

Abbas to seek wider peace process in rare UN speech

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will call for an alternative to US-mediated negotiations with Israel during a rare address to the United Nations Security Council, Palestinian officials said Monday. Addressing the council Tuesday for the first time since 2009, the longtime Palestinian leader is expected to call for multiple international powers to facilitate peace negotiations and again criticize the United States’ controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. ...

Abbas tells India PM he seeks multi-country peace mediation

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday that he is counting on India’s support for a multi-country sponsorship of any future Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Such a framework would ostensibly replace Washington’s long-standing monopoly as mediator. Abbas rejected the traditional US role after President Donald Trump recognized contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December. Trump’s pivot upset Palestinians who ...

Abbas urges EU countries to ‘swiftly’ recognize state of Palestine

Monday, 22 January 2018

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on Monday urged EU member states to “swiftly” grant official recognition to the state of Palestine as he arrived to meet foreign ministers from the bloc in Brussels.“We truly consider the European Union as a true partner and friend, and therefore we call its member states to swiftly recognize the state of Palestine and we confirm that there is no contradiction between recognition and the resumption of negotiations,” Abbas told reporters.The ...

Hamas says will not attend Palestinian meeting over Jerusalem

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Islamist movement Hamas said on Saturday it would not participate in a meeting of Palestinian leaders to debate responses to the controversial US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The decision not to take part in the meeting to begin late Sunday is a further setback to failing reconciliation efforts between leading Palestinian factions. “We have taken the decision not to participate in the meeting of the (Palestinian) Central Council in Ramallah,” Hamas said in a ...

Two Palestinians killed in anti-US protests: health official

Friday, 22 December 2017

Palestinians launched more anti-US protests on Friday, and at least two demonstrators were killed in the Gaza Strip, a health official said, after the UN General Assembly rejected Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Smoke billowed from burning tires at a demonstration in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, two days before Christmas celebrations in the biblical town. Israeli gunfire killed a 24-year-old Palestinian and wounded 10 other protesters during a ...

Abbas says Palestinians won't accept US peace plan

Friday, 22 December 2017

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday that his people would “no longer accept” any peace plan proposed by the United States following Washington’s decision to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Trump administration has been preparing a plan in secret which is expected to be presented to the two sides in 2018. “The United States has proven to be a dishonest mediator in the peace process and we will no longer accept any plan from the ...

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