Posts Tagged ‘abbas’

Abbas to family of Iraqi-Jewish author: ‘You are our bridge to peace’

RAMALLAH — “When I read your father’s book about the Jews who left Iraq, I cried,” said Mahmoud Abbas. The Palestinian president was addressing an Israeli visitor who had come to Ramallah at his invitation. “It was 1975 and I was living in Syria. I felt as if he was describing my life, our lives as […]

Army’s Navy HQ moves from Tehran to Bandar Abbas

MNA – The headquarters of the Iranian Army’s Navy has moved from Tehran to Bandar Abbas. Commander of Iranian Army’s Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi inaugurated the new headquarters in the southern Iranian city on Thursday. He said that the plan to move the Navy’s headquarters started some years ago with the guidance of the […]

The Mizrahi author whose book Mahmoud Abbas wants to distribute

Ishaq Bar-Moshe started writing books in Arabic two decades after he emigrated from Iraq to Israel. It was a radical choice, given that the language aroused deep antipathy in Israel  — but Bar-Moshe was undeterred. By Naomi Niddam Ishaq Bar-Moshe in Iraq. (Courtesy of Bar Moshe’s family) A few weeks ago, a representative from […]

Palestinian Authority blocks dozens of websites critical of Abbas government

The Palestinian Authority has blocked access to dozens of news websites and social media accounts in the occupied West Bank in its ongoing crackdown of opposition voices and those critical of Mahmoud Abbas’ presidency. The decision was reportedly made last Thursday by a magistrate court in Ramallah, but only came to light this week when […]

The last lifeline: the real reason behind Abbas’ call for elections

The call by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for elections in the occupied territories is a political ploy. There will be no true, democratic elections under Abbas’ leadership. The real question is: why did he make the call in the first place? On September 26, Abbas took on the world’s most important political platform, the […]

Abbas and Saudi crown prince meet, agree to establish economic committee

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met in Riyadh on Thursday and agreed to establish a joint Saudi-Palestinian economic committee, the official PA news site Wafa reported. The meeting took place a day after Abbas held discussions with Saudi King Salman in the Gulf kingdom’s capital. “The president updated […]

The Last Lifeline: The Real Reason Mahmoud Abbas Called for Palestinian Elections

On September 26, Abbas took on the world’s most important political platform, the United Nations General Assembly, to call for “general elections in Palestine – in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip”.  The Palestinian leader prefaced his announcement with a lofty emphasis on the centrality of democracy in his thinking. “From […]

Palestinian general elections: more empty promises from Abbas?

As negotiations surrounding Israel’s next Prime Minister seem to have reached an impasse, much of the regional attention has turned towards Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who recently renewed calls for another Palestinian general election. Abbas told the UN General Assembly last month that he plans to set a date for elections in the occupied West […]

Abbas blasts Netanyahu’s pledge to extend sovereignty over settlements

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesman, on Sunday censured a statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he repeated a pledge to apply Israeli sovereignty over settlements in the West Bank. “This matter is a continuation of the attempts to create an unacceptable status quo that will not lead to peace, […]

Merkel backs two-state solution in meeting with Abbas

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that Germany continues to believe a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians is the only way for both peoples “to live in peace and security.” Merkel stressed her support for a two-state solution ahead of talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the Chancellery in Berlin. “We appreciate Chancellor […]

Abbas aide fumes as Netanyahu eyes Israeli sovereignty over settlements

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesman on Monday said any move that undermines “Palestinian rights” is “unjust and illegitimate,” following a report that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was seeking a public declaration from US President Donald Trump backing an Israeli move to extend sovereignty over Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Zman Yisrael, The Times […]

Abbas’ declaration that he was ‘suspending all agreements’ with Israel met with collective eye-roll from Palestinians

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made a sweeping declaration on Thursday, announcing that he was “suspending all agreements” with Israel, effective Friday. “We announce the leadership’s decision to stop implementing the agreements signed with the Israeli side,” Abbas said, following an emergency meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in the occupied West Bank city of […]

Unilateral Surrender? Hollow Mahmoud Abbas Suspension of Agreements with Israel

  In 2005, Mahmoud Abbas was anointed by Israel to serve its interests. Installed by a rigged election with no legitimacy, his term expired in 2009 but it didn’t matter.  Israeli hardliners kept him in power where he remains as long as staying submissive to their will, meaningless rhetoric not an issue. For over 14 years, he […]

The brewing war to succeed Mahmoud Abbas

The jockeying for the post-Abbas leadership is taking shape in a moment of political, economic, and internal crisis for the beleaguered Palestinian government.  By Daoud Kuttab Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh (R) and President Mahmoud Abbas (L) at the swearing in ceremony of the new government at the Palestinian Authority’s headquarters in Ramallah, […]

Hamas prepares for the overthrow of Mahmud Abbas

A senior Palestinian Authority official said that Hamas is preparing to overthrow Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in order to seize control of the West Bank. A similar attempt in June-July 2015 did not succeed. Although the Palestinian parliament confirmed Mahmoud Abbas as president of the Palestinian Authority, the legitimacy of the parliament and Abbas’ Presidency […]

82 NGOs tell on G77 and China Abbas is illegitimate Palestinian leader

Eighty-two NGOs in Gaza Strip sent a letter to G77 and China telling that that Mahmoud Abbas is no longer legitimate representative of Palestinians based on Palestinian Basic Law. According to Article 36 of the Palestinian Basic Law and its amendments of 2005, which was approved by Abbas himself after becoming PA president, Abbas has […]

Abbas Welcomes Pope Francis’ Call for Realizing Peace

PA President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed Pope Francis’ call for a dialogue of peace between Palestinians and Israelis.   WAFA reported, according to Al Ray, that Abbas decided to engage in a peace process based on international law and relevant resolutions of the Security Council and of the General […]

How They Do It–Netanyahu trying to renew ties with Abbas through back channels

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Iran 56th naval flotilla berths in Bandar Abbas

IRNA – Iranian 56th naval flotilla docked in Bandar Abbas, southern Iran, on Thursday. The flotilla was welcomed by commanders of the region. The Iranian naval fleet, including destroyer Naqdi, logistic ‘Bushehr’ navy ship, returned home after 65 days of sailing and traveling 8,782 Nautical miles, said a top military official. Constant presence of the […]

Netanyahu says that ‘Israel Wants Peace’ but that Abbas and the Palestinians ‘Make It Impossible’

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