Mahmud Abbas

Official: White House ‘Reviewing’ Aid to Palestinians

WASHINGTON — The White House is examining possible aid cuts to the Palestinian Authority, a senior administration official said Thursday, days after US President Donald Trump threatened to slash funding over Ramallah’s refusal to work with Washington on peace talks.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he speaks during a meeting of the Central Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Abbas said Wednesday he will ask the United Nations to endorse Palestinian independence this fall even if negotiations …

U.S. Jewish Leaders Say Abbas Speech Sounds ‘Death Knell’ For Peace Process

American Jewish leaders said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sounded the “death knell” of peace efforts with Israel when he completely denied the Jewish connection to Jerusalem in comments he made following the American announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

In this Sept. 19, 2014 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris. The Hamas militant group on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2017, said it has accepted key conditions demanded by its rival, President Mahmoud Abbas, including nationwide elections …

Hamas Hands Border Crossings to Palestinian Authority

RAFAH – Hamas handed over control of the Gaza Strip’s borders with Egypt and Israel to the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday in the first key test of a landmark Palestinian reconciliation accord agreed last month.

hamas Gaza-Egypt border

German President Seeks to Move Past Rift with Israel

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier sought to move past a diplomatic dispute between his country and Israel while visiting Sunday, saying ties were strong enough to endure “turbulence”.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Palestinians to Open Museum to Yasser Arafat

A museum dedicated to Yasser Arafat, including the room where the Palestinian leader spent much of his final years, will open on Wednesday ahead of the anniversary of his death.

Yasser Arafat

Abbas Accuses Israel of ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a similar allegation.

President Mahmoud Abbas reacts during a meeting with Palestinian journalists in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on January 23, 2016. /

Abbas Urges UN Security Council to Reject Quartet Report

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas called on the UN Security Council on Wednesday to reject a key report by the diplomatic Quartet that condemned both Israeli settlement building and Palestinian incitement to violence.

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas delivers a speech to mark the eighth anniversary of the death of the late leader Yasser Arafat, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on November 11, 2012.

Israeli leader Wants To Begin Separating From Palestinians

JERUSALEM (AFP) –  Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog said Wednesday that no peace deal was possible for now and his country must begin unilaterally separating from the Palestinians “as much as possible” to restore security. Herzog made the comments while laying

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Israel Restricts Access to Ramallah After Attack

Israel restricted access Monday into and out of the Palestinian political capital of Ramallah on the occupied West Bank after a checkpoint shooting that wounded soldiers, stepping up its response to attacks. It was the first time such a step

An Israeli soldier stands guard at the Israeli D.C.O checkpoint for people with VIP status near the Beit El settlement on the outskirts of West Bank city of Ramallah, on a road linking Ramallah and Jerusalem on February 1, 2016.