Hamas dissolves Gaza government and agrees to national unity talks with Fatah

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Hamas said on Sunday it would do away with a body seen as an alternative government in the Gaza Strip in a step towards reconciliation with rival Fatah following discussions with Egypt. Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, also said it was ready for talks with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah on forming a unity government and holding elections. In a statement, Hamas said it was "responding to the generous Egyptian efforts, which reflect the Egyptian ...

Mahmoud Abbas freezes Israel contact over al-Aqsa dispute

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday he was freezing contacts with Israel over new security measures at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, after deadly clashes erupted earlier in the day. Abbas said in a speech that the freeze would stay in place until Israel lifted the measures at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. “I, on behalf of the Palestinian leadership, announce... a freeze of all contacts with the occupation state on all levels until Israel commits to cancelling all the measures ...

‘We must build bridges not walls,’ Abbas says as Trump visits Bethlehem

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

US President Donald Trump arrived for talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday as they seek ways to renew Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. In a joint press conference between the two leaders, Abbas said it was crucial that "bridges, not walls are built in our lands." Trump said he was looking forward to cooperate with the Palestinian president and provide economic support. He said that achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace would ...

Palestinian president kicks off India visit with tech tour

Monday, 15 May 2017

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas began a three-day visit to India on Monday with a tour of an IT facility that is helping Ramallah build a high-end tech hub. Abbas, who arrived late Sunday, will hold talks on the Middle East peace process, among other issues, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in coming days. But his first stop was to a technology institute outside Delhi where India is lending its IT know-how to help Palestine spur job creation in the tech sector. India agreed in October to ...

Palestine president Abbas in India ahead of Modi’s Israel trip

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas landed in New Delhi late Sunday for a three-day visit looking to strengthen ties with India ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic trip to Israel. Abbas arrived with a delegation for his third state visit to India, where he will hold key talks on bilateral, regional and international issues, including the peace process in the restive Middle East, according to India’s foreign ministry. On Monday -- day one of his visit -- he will zip to ...

West Bank votes in polls underlining Palestinian Fatah-Hamas split

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank voted Saturday in municipal elections that underscored deep rifts between president Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party and Islamist rival Hamas which runs the Gaza Strip.Their failure to reconcile is seen as a major obstacle to any settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The West Bank and Gaza have not participated in an election together since 2006, when Hamas swept Palestinian parliamentary polls, sparking a conflict that led to near civil war in Gaza the ...

Hamas and an ‘eternity of conflict’

Saturday, 13 May 2017

In the mid-1990s, the Kuwaiti magazine “Mugtama” which is affiliated with the Brotherhood interviewed Ahmad Yassin, the historic leader of the Hamas movement. The headline predicted Israel’s demise before the millennium. Yassin spoke in a dream-like manner and refused to head in the direction of a conflict with the Palestinian Liberation Organization despite all provocations and cited the Quranic verse: “If you should raise your hand against me to kill me, I shall not ...

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Abbas is ready to meet Israel’s PM as part of Trump’s peace efforts

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday Donald Trump was expected to visit the Palestinian territories “soon” and that he was ready to meet Israel’s prime minister as part of the US president’s peace efforts. Trump is expected in Israel later this month as part of his first foreign trip and the Palestinian president said “we are looking forward to his visit soon to Bethlehem” in the occupied West Bank, with speculation it will occur on May 23. “We told him that we ...

German president: Moving toward Mideast deal ‘truly urgent’

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Germany’s president says that it’s “truly urgent” to start moving toward a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke in the West Bank on Tuesday, after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Steinmeier says much time has already been spent on efforts to set up a state of Palestine alongside Israel. He says that “in our view there is no other solution,” and that “it’s high time to work on the ...

Abbas says talks with Trump positive, if short on specifics

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says his first meeting with President Donald Trump left him hopeful and he thinks the US can play an important role as mediator between Palestinians and Israelis. Abbas says he and Trump did not discuss details. Abbas told reporters late Wednesday that “so far we didn’t talk about a mechanism, but the contacts between us and the Americans began and will continue.” There have been no serious negotiations on terms for a Palestinian state ...

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