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Mahmoud Abbas Names Prime Minister as Unity Government Talks Stall Over Foreign Minister

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chose a prime minister to head a unity government Thursday but announcement of the lineup was held up over the foreign affairs portfolio, officials said.

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Israel, U.S. Complain About Not Being Able to Divide and Rule the Palestinians

This week the Fatah Party (secular Arab nationalist) of Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas met in Gaza with members of the Hamas Party (fundamentalist Muslim), seeking a reconciliation and a government of national unity.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Thousands of Palestinians Rally for Release of 5,000 in Israeli Jails, Including 200 Children

As talks between Israel and Palestine falter, thousands of Palestinians demonstrated Thursday on behalf of nearly 5,000 Palestinians imprisoned by Israeli authorities in 22 Israeli jails, many of them arbitrarily.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Israelis Slam Kerry Over ‘Jewish State’ Remarks as Abbas Rejects Demand

Right-wing Israeli officials over the weekend expressed rage at U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for saying that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should “drop” his demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE



Flickr / Barack Obama

Obama Delivered Bunker-Buster Bombs to Israel

A report published in Newsweek on Monday reveals that President Obama secretly sold 55 deep-penetrating bombs to Israel in 2009, while publicly pressuring Israeli leaders to pursue concessions with Palestinians. (more)

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Seth Wenig

Obama’s Palestine Solution: More Talk

One year ago, President Obama stood before the U.N. General Assembly and called for international recognition of a Palestinian state. On Wednesday, to the exasperation of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and millions struggling for democracy in the Arab world, he declared his opposition to that idea. (more)

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Abbas to Seek Palestinian Statehood at the U.N. Next Week

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced that he would seek recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations Security Council next week, a move that intensifies already considerable tensions in one of the Middle East’s most intractable conflicts. (more)

Posted on Sep 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Netanyahu Warns Abbas Not to Reconcile With Hamas

The Israeli prime minister said the Palestinian Authority should not make peace with Hamas after five years of enmity. (more) 

Posted on May 3, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Majdi Mohammed

Abbas Boosts Boycott of Settlement Goods

A boycott of goods produced in Israeli settlements in the West Bank gained some heft Saturday when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas threw his executive weight behind the campaign, calling on all Palestinians to stop buying settlement-made products.

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AP / Nasser Nasser

Abbas Walks the Talk

The prospect of Palestinian-Israeli “proximity talks” in the Middle East has hit another expected bump: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will not attend any such talks unless Israel halts settlement construction.

Posted on Mar 27, 2010 READ MORE


Peace Talks

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Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE


Obama and Abbas
AP / Muhammed Muheisen

PLO Extends Abbas’ Term

Mahmoud Abbas, who was to leave office in a month, will remain the Palestinian president. The Palestinian Liberation Organization indefinitely extended his term to avoid a constitutional crisis after elections planned for late January were delayed.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE


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Abbas Unlikely to Seek Re-Election

In the face of failing peace talks with Israel and a stalemate with rival Hamas, reports suggest that a frustrated Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will not seek re-election early next year.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and Middle Eastern leaders
AP / Charles Dharapak

Mideast Peace Talks Yield Only a Handshake

So much for President Obama’s hopes to make progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this week. After meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Obama had little to show for his time with the two leaders beyond the symbolic level of a tentative handshake to open their discussion at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Palestinians Love Obama, but Won’t Budge on Settlements

Dashing the president’s hopes to restart the peace process, Palestinian leaders said they would not talk to Israel until there is a “total settlement freeze.” Obama has been pushing for just that, but recently indicated a willingness to compromise. In the words of one Fatah leader: “I would say, Mr. Obama, we love you ... but I am sorry, this is not enough. ...”

Posted on Aug 31, 2009 READ MORE


What Cease-Fire?

Both Israel and Hamas vowed to stop fighting two weeks ago, but since then attacks have continued. Before his country launched airstrikes on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had warned Hamas of a “disproportionate Israeli response” to Hamas rocket and mortar attacks. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, meanwhile, is headed to Cairo, though his influence is surely weakened by the recent fighting.

Posted on Feb 2, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Lefteris Pitarakis

Sizing Up the Damage in Gaza

Now that the war in Gaza has ground to a halt, local and international groups are assessing the needs of tens of thousands of embattled and displaced Palestinians, some of whom have gone for many days without water or power, and are preparing to send aid as soon as possible.

Posted on Jan 19, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza City
AP photo / Hatem Moussa

Israeli Troops Push Into Gaza City

The war in Gaza has taken on another deadly dimension, as Israeli troops have moved into several districts of Gaza City, the BBC reported Tuesday, sparking street fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants.

Posted on Jan 13, 2009 READ MORE


Palestinians
AP photo / Hatem Omar

Scores Killed in Israeli Air Attacks on Gaza

More than 150 people were killed and hundreds more wounded Saturday during Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, which were launched in retaliation for last week’s rocket attacks on Israel by the Palestinians, according to Israeli officials.

Posted on Dec 27, 2008 READ MORE


Israel Frees Nearly 200 Palestinians

With Condoleezza Rice fast approaching on a peace mission, Israel offered Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas a show of support on Monday by freeing 198 Palestinian prisoners. The group included Israel’s longest serving prisoner. Israel holds roughly 9,000 Palestinians.

Posted on Aug 25, 2008 READ MORE


Carter

Mosaic: Carter Shunned by Israel, Is a Hero to Hamas

Is former President Jimmy Carter on a peace mission or a mission impossible? As this Mosaic Intelligence Report explains, Carter will try to mediate the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit as a goodwill gesture on the part of Hamas, which is reported to be seriously considering Carter’s proposal.

Posted on Apr 19, 2008 READ MORE


8 Dead in Jerusalem Seminary Shooting

A Palestinian gunman opened fire during dinner at Jerusalem’s Mercaz Harav seminary on Thursday, killing eight people and wounding nine before he was shot to death. President Bush condemned the attack, as did Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, while Hamas officials reportedly praised it but didn’t claim responsibility.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE


Olmert Bush Abbas
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Bush Hopeful for 11th-Hour Mideast Peace Deal

In keeping with the tradition of U.S. presidents attempting to forge peace agreements during their last years in office, President Bush remains optimistic about securing an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in the final 10 months of his administration despite the recent outbreak of violence in the Middle East.

Posted on Mar 4, 2008 READ MORE


Gaza violence
AP photo / Adel Hana

Scores Killed in Israeli Attacks on Gaza

Attacks by Israeli forces killed more than 70 Palestinians on Saturday as fighting intensified in northern Gaza, prompting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to call the incursion “more than a holocaust.” Two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven were wounded, the Israeli military reported. Updated.

Posted on Mar 1, 2008 READ MORE


Bush and Co.
news.bbc.co.uk

Bush Lands in Israel

President Bush has arrived in Israel, where he plans to do some legacy shopping and see if he can’t just solve this Mideast conflict everyone is always talking about. Everyday Israelis and Palestinians, however, remain skeptical that their leaders will find a solution before the end of 2008, as promised.

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


Olmert, Bush and Abbas

Meeting Low Expectations for Peace

Now that the Annapolis peace summit is over, the Mosaic Intelligence Report investigates the fallout from lowering the diplomatic bar, putting the slapstick back in world affairs and the conspicuous absence of Iraq, Iran and Hamas.

Posted on Dec 2, 2007 READ MORE


Bush’s Costume Party

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Posted on Nov 30, 2007 READ MORE


Déjà Vu in Annapolis

Haven’t we been here before? Isn’t Annapolis just a repeat of the White House lawn and the Oslo agreement, a series of pious claims and promises in which two weak men, Messrs. Abbas and Olmert, even use the same words of Oslo.

Posted on Nov 29, 2007 READ MORE


Olmert Bush Abbas
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Olmert Warns of Israel’s End If Two-State Solution Isn’t Found

If Israeli and Palestinian officials can’t find a way to establish a Palestinian state, the state of Israel won’t survive, according to Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.  These words of warning came on the heels of Olmert’s meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and President Bush in Annapolis, Md., during which the three leaders laid out plans and set goals for formal peace talks.

Posted on Nov 29, 2007 READ MORE


Dajani

Annapolis Peace Summit — Dead Before Arrival

The Mosaic Intelligence Report’s Jamal Dajani heads to Jerusalem to find out why the Bush administration’s highly vaunted Annapolis peace summit has generated little more than skepticism in the Middle East.

Posted on Nov 18, 2007 READ MORE


Hamas rally
foreignpolicy.com

Israel Rejects Peace Petition

The Israeli government has dismissed a petition calling for a cease-fire with Hamas. The document, which was written by some of Israel’s leading writers and intellectuals, notes that “Israel has in the past negotiated with its worst enemies.”

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE


Condi Visits the Middle East

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Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


Man walking along Gaza border
AP Photo / Kevin Frayer

Starving Gaza

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israel and the U.S. are making a ghetto out of Gaza, hoping that cutting the territory off from the rest of the world will weaken democratically elected Hamas. They are wrong, and the innocent people of the Gaza Strip are paying the price.

Posted on Aug 20, 2007 READ MORE


Abbas and Olmert
cbc.ca

Israelis Want Peace, but Aren’t Holding Their Breath

A new poll shows that 70 percent of Israelis favor peace with the Palestinians along the lines of a two-state solution, but only 39 percent think peace will be achieved in the near future. Meanwhile, a majority of Israelis favor strengthening ties with Mahmoud Abbas’ (above left) Fatah regime in the West Bank.

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


How Can Blair Possibly Be Given This Job?

Tony Blair has moved out of 10 Downing Street and is moving on to a position as Britain’s Middle East envoy—which strikes reporter Robert Fisk as astonishing news, since, as he puts it in this article from Britain’s The Independent, Blair “is a politician who has failed in everything he has ever tried to do in the Middle East.”

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE


Welcome to ‘Palestine’

The Independent’s Middle East correspondent looks into the current state of “Palestine” and the West’s complicated—and contradictory—relations with the region and its leaders.

Posted on Jun 22, 2007 READ MORE


The Three-State Solution

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has sworn in a new government that excludes Hamas, a move praised by both the U.S. and Israel. But the emergency government is likely to preside only over the West Bank because Hamas—which Israeli officials described as a “terrorist entity”—retains control of Gaza.

Posted on Jun 17, 2007 READ MORE


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news.bbc.co.uk

Hamas Leader Vows to Work With Abbas

Hamas’ exiled political leader has recognized rival Mahmoud Abbas as the “legitimate” president of the Palestinian people, but the militant group, which now controls Gaza, has also called Abbas’ dissolution of the government illegal. Tensions remain high in the divided Palestinian territories, despite a pledge from Hamas to work with Abbas “for the sake of national interest.”

Posted on Jun 15, 2007 READ MORE


Abbas Ends Palestinian ‘Unity Government’

Following days of violence between Hamas and Fatah forces in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas put an end to the recently established “national unity government,” which for three months had attempted to balance the two factions in an official coalition, and fired Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.

Posted on Jun 15, 2007 READ MORE


Chaos in Gaza

Factional clashes between Hamas and Fatah forces in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank escalated to the boiling point on Thursday, when Hamas gunmen captured various Fatah outposts and the ongoing violence caused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to dissolve his government and declare a state of emergency throughout the region.

Posted on Jun 14, 2007 READ MORE


J.J. Goldberg / Is It Good for the Jews?

J.J. Goldberg, editor-in-chief of the venerable progressive Jewish daily the Forward, joins the podcast this week to talk about the complexity of Zionism, the misguided intentions of neoconservatism and why AIPAC isn’t quite as sinister as you might think.

Posted on Mar 19, 2007 READ MORE


Olmert Rice and Abbas
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Mideast Peace Meeting a Dud

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Condoleezza Rice concluded a highly vaunted two-hour meeting with no firm commitment other than an agreement to maintain communication. The elephant in the room was Abbas’ recently announced deal to share power with Hamas, an arrangement that prompted the U.S. and Israel to threaten a boycott.

Posted on Feb 19, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. and Israel Set Conditions for Palestinian Government

The U.S. and Israel have agreed not to recognize or support a new Palestinian unity government unless it first recognizes Israel. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will have to do some political tightrope-walking in the days ahead as he attempts to make peace with Hamas at home and improve relations with Israel and its allies abroad.

Posted on Feb 18, 2007 READ MORE


Olmert and Abbas
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Abbas and Olmert Agree to Informal Talk With U.S.

The United States will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for a casual three-way chat aimed at reviving Bush’s failed “road map” to peace. A successful outcome seems unlikely, with Abbas and Olmert both suffering from political weakness and with the conspicuous absence of Hamas.

Posted on Jan 15, 2007 READ MORE


Palestinian fighters
news.bbc.co.uk

Palestinian Factions Agree to Cease-Fire

Hamas and Fatah have announced a deal meant to end the fighting between the two Palestinian factions, yet the violence persisted throughout Sunday. Hamas described the agreement as a cease-fire.  Meanwhile, President Mahmoud Abbas continued to push for new elections in an attempt to oust Hamas from the government.

Posted on Dec 17, 2006 READ MORE


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nytimes.com

Tensions Mount Between Palestinian Factions

Clashes between the two main Palestinian forces continued on Friday as Hamas accused Fatah of attempting to assassinate the Palestinian prime minister. Meanwhile, President Mahmoud Abbas, who recently said he may call for early elections in order to oust Hamas from the government, is close to revealing his plan for addressing the political standstill between the two groups.

Posted on Dec 15, 2006 READ MORE


Abbas
npr.org

High Noon in Ramallah

Citing the collapse of unity talks, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to call for early elections less than a year after Hamas took control of parliament.  A leading member of Hamas called the move “a clear coup against democracy.”

Posted on Dec 10, 2006 READ MORE


Blair Chats Up Olmert and Abbas

Tony Blair has been busy, meeting with both Mahmoud Abbas and Ehud Olmert in recent days?all while fending off controversy at home over when he?ll step down.  For their part, the Palestinian president and Israeli prime minister have agreed to meet with each other.

Posted on Sep 10, 2006 READ MORE


Militia With Fatah Ties Deploys in West Bank

Fatah has links to the milita forces in the West Bank while Hamas has forces on the ground in Gaza. Tensions between Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (Fatah) and Hamas (click here for profiles) continue to mount in the small and economically devastated Palestinian territories.

Posted on Jun 4, 2006 READ MORE


Abbas Stuns Hamas With Talk of Referendum

The Palestinian president has given Hamas 10 days to accept the idea of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, and will submit the plan to referendum if the Islamic militants refuse. The plan implies a recognition of Israel, but does not renounce violence or accept past peace accords—the two other conditions the Palestinian government needs to meet to do business with the West.

Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


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