Mahmoud Abbas

  • More than 70 killed in Israeli shelling, clashes in Gaza 3 days ago

    Jerusalem: More than 60 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers were killed as Israel shelled a Gaza neighborhood and battled militants on Sunday in the bloodiest fighting in a near two-week-old offensive. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of carrying out a massacre in Shejaia in the eastern suburbs of the city...
  • Abbas swears in Palestinian unity government June 2, 2014

    Ramallah: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a unity government on Monday, taking a major step toward ending a crippling territorial and political split with the rival Hamas militant group but also setting the stage for new friction with Israel. The brief ceremony at Abbas' West Bank headquarters was preceded by...
  • Palestinian protesters shout slogans in protest of John Kerry's visit January 4, 2014

    Ramallah: Palestinian protesters on Friday condemned the latest efforts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to advance peace talks with Israel, using chants evoking the Arab uprisings and telling him to go home. Hours before Kerry was due to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a raucous crowd of several hundred...
  • Palestinian President ready to meet Israeli PM August 25, 2013

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday that he does not mind meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should newly-resumed peace talks proceed. "There are no obstacles or barriers for us to meet in the time that we think we should meet," Abbas told reporters in Ramallah, according to Xinhua. He was...
  • Talks resume as Israel frees Palestinians, pursues settlements August 14, 2013

    Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday to keep US-sponsored peacemaking on course for a second round of talks, but diplomacy remained dogged by Israeli plans for more Jewish homes on land the Palestinians claim for a future state. Negotiators are due to convene in the afternoon in Jerusalem, the city...
  • Reaching Mid-east deal in 9 months target, not deadline: US diplomat August 1, 2013

    Reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal within nine months is a target, not a deadline, a US diplomat in Jerusalem said on Wednesday, two days after the sides resumed negotiations and ended a five-year freeze. During the talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to visit the region "on a...
  • Israeli-Palestinian talks begin amid deep divisions July 30, 2013

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held their first peace talks in nearly three years on Monday in a US-brokered effort that Secretary of State John Kerry hopes will end their conflict despite deep divisions. Top aides to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas began the talks over an...
  • Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to resume after three years in Washington July 29, 2013

    Israel and the Palestinians plan to resume peace negotiations this week for the first time in nearly three years after an intense effort by US Secretary of State John Kerry to bring them back to the table. The talks are scheduled to resume in Washington on Monday evening and Tuesday and...
  • Israel approves prisoner deal to clear way for peace talks with Palestine July 29, 2013

    Israel's cabinet on Sunday approved the release of 104 Arab prisoners to help restart US-brokered peace talks with the Palestinians after nearly three years of diplomatic stagnation. Thirteen ministers in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition cabinet voted in favour of the prisoner release, seven voted against and two abstained, a government...
  • Abbas convenes key Palestinians to moot new talks with Israel July 18, 2013

    Ramallah: President Mahmoud Abbas will confer with key Palestinian leaders on Thursday about a possible resumption of peace negotiations with Israel after an almost three-year freeze, officials said. They gave no details on what Abbas's terms might be, should he announce a breakthrough after meeting in Jordan with US Secretary of...
  • Palestinian president accepts PM Fayyad's resignation April 14, 2013

    Ramallah: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Saturday, the official Palestinian news agency said. Fayyad had offered his resignation in a letter to Abbas following weeks of sparring over Fayyad's handling of the government and an economic crisis afflicting the Israeli-occupied West Bank. "The president...
  • Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad resigns April 13, 2013

    Ramallah: Palestinian officials say Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad has resigned. Fayyad offered his resignation on Thursday, and was waiting for President Mahmoud Abbas' reply. Officials said Fayyad submitted his resignation to Abbas in person on Saturday, and Abbas accepted it. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the official announcement...
  • 'Peace is possible', Obama insists in Middle East March 22, 2013

    Jerusalem: Insisting "peace is possible," President Barack Obama on Thursday prodded both Israelis and Palestinians to return to long-stalled negotiations with few, if any, pre-conditions, softening his earlier demands that Israel stop building settlements in disputed territory. The president made his appeal just hours after rockets fired from Hamas-controlled Gaza landed...
  • Obama faces Palestinian discontent on his Israel visit March 21, 2013

    Jerusalem: US President Barack Obama faces a stony reception when he travels to the West Bank on Thursday for talks with Palestinian leaders who accuse him of letting Israel ride rough-shod over their dream of statehood. Obama has said he will not bring any new initiatives to try to revive long-dormant...
  • Fatah party stages first rally in Gaza since 2007 January 4, 2013

    Gaza City: The Fatah party of Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas staged a massive rally on January 4 in the Gaza Strip, the first such gathering in the territory since the Islamist Hamas group took control there in 2007 and a reflection of the warming ties between the two rival...
  • Yasser Arafat was poisoned, says doctor July 13, 2012

    Ramallah: Former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died after consuming an unknown poison, a Jordanian doctor claimed on Thursday. Arafat's medical reports suggest that he was poisoned by a toxic substance, but it was not examined at that time, Xinhua quoted Abdullah al-Basheer as saying. Al-Basheer, who launched an inquiry into the case,...
  • New member Palestine raises flag at UNESCO December 14, 2011

    Paris: Palestinians raised their flag at the headquarters of the UN cultural agency in Paris on Tuesday as the agency's 195th member, a historic move and symbolic boost for their push for an independent state. Cheers rose as the red, black, white and green flag went up in pouring rain under...
  • Palestinian membership bid report sent to UNSC November 12, 2011

    United Nations: The UN Security Council's admissions committee on Friday forwarded to the 15-nation body its report on the Palestinian request for full UN membership, the council president told. "We held a meeting of the committee on admissions and the committee approved the report and forwarded it to the Security Council...
  • UNESCO grants Palestinians full membership October 31, 2011

    Paris: The United Nations' cultural agency granted the Palestinians full membership on Monday, a step forward in their long-running efforts to achieve recognition before the world as an independent state. The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) became the first UN agency to welcome the Palestinians as a full...
  • Palestine leader applauded for statehood bid September 24, 2011

    United Nations: Mahmoud Abbas' bold bid for UN recognition of Palestinian statehood is doomed to fail but has won him admiration at home and re-energised international efforts to seek a negotiated settlement. Thousands of jubilant, flag-waving Palestinians watching on outdoor screens across the West Bank, cheered on their president on Friday...
  • Palestinians submit UN statehood bid September 23, 2011

    United Nations: Defying US and Israeli opposition, Palestinians asked the United Nations on Friday to accept them as a member state, sidestepping nearly two decades of troubled negotiations in the hope this dramatic move on the world stage would re-energize their quest for an independent homeland. In the West Bank, the...
  • Palestine leader to bid for statehood at UN meet September 23, 2011

    United Nations: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will make his speech at the UN General Assembly demanding for recognition of Palestine as a member state. The Indian Prime Minister is also likely to support that demand, while the US President has suggested that the proposal should be vetoed upon. The threat of...
  • Israel, Palestine to discuss peace pact September 6, 2010

    Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered to meet Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas one-on-one every two weeks to discuss "the agenda for a peace agreement," he said on Sunday. "I believe that what is needed now in order to move the process is not multiplicity of [negotiation] teams but rather...
  • Pak PM equates Kashmir with Palestine February 13, 2010

    Islamabad: Peace will remain elusive in South Asia and the Middle East unless the issues of Kashmir and Palestine are resolved, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Friday. Gilani made the remarks during a meeting with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Prime Minister's House. The resolution of the Palestine...
  • Israel-Hamas Gaza war: Rocket hits Israel's Ashkelon February 4, 2009

    Jerusalem: A long-range Grad rocket from Gaza landed in the Israeli city of Ashkelon on Tuesday, police said. It's the first such rocket to be fired at the city since a cease-fire was reached between Israel and Hamas militants two weeks ago that ended Israel's bruising three-week-long offensive in Gaza. The attack...
  • Abbas swears in crisis Cabinet June 22, 2007

    Jerusalem: With the bloody power-struggle between the rival Hamas and Fatah factions intensifying, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday swore in an emergency Cabinet, hours after outlawing the armed groups linked to Hamas which grabbed Gaza. Amid a deepening political crisis, the 12 members took oath in a hurried ceremony while...
  • Israel, Palestine to carry on dialogue June 20, 2007

    New Delhi: On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Jerusalem for the second time in a month. The talks were overshadowed by Abbas's power-sharing deal with Hamas, which refuses to recognise Israel. A Palestinian government of National Unity is expected to be...
  • Palestine PM opposes early elections December 17, 2006

    Gaza: Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya on Sunday rejected President Mahmoud Abbas's decision to hold early presidential and legislative elections in Palestine. "Holding early elections is unconstitutional and would lead to widespread popular confusion in the Palestinian area," Haniya said during a cabinet meeting. Haniya also slammed a Saturday speech by Abbas...