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Abbas Rages Against Trump Peace Plan in U.N. Speech

TEL AVIV – The map featured in President Donald Trump’s recently unveiled peace plan for a Palestinian state side by side with Israel is nothing more than “Swiss cheese,” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday in a damning condemnation of the proposal which he said obliterated Palestinian rights. 

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during the 66th General Assembly Session at the United Nations on September 23, 2011 in New York City. The annual event, which is being dominated this year by the Palestinian's bid for full membership, gathers more than 100 heads of state and government for …

Abbas Cutting Ties with U.S., Israel over Peace Deal

TEL AVIV – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced he was cutting all ties with both the U.S. and Israel in response to President Donald Trump’s recently unveiled peace plan, including security coordination in the West Bank. 

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas holds a placard showing maps of (L to R) historical Palestine, the 1947 United Nations partition plan on Palestine, the 1948-1967 borders between the Palestinian territories and Israel, and a current map of the Palestinian territories without Israeli-annexed areas and settlements, as he attends an Arab …

Palestinian Official On Trump Plan: ‘These Are Terms of Surrender’

TEL AVIV  – Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat on Thursday charged the Trump administration’s peace proposal with being a “copy paste” of a deal offered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2012, and added that the recently unveiled plan is essentially President Donald Trump’s and Netanyahu’s saying “you lost, we won.”

Saeb Erekat

Spurning ICC Threat, Netanyahu Vows to Annex Settlements

TEL AVIV – Amid the controversy surrounding the International Criminal Court’s proposed probe into Israel for unsubstantiated war crimes claimed by the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday repeated his campaign pledge to annex all West Bank settlements as well as the Jordan Valley.

Netanyahu pushes annexation plan as new elections loom

Ilhan Omar Calls for U.S. to Use Aid as Leverage Against Israel

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) admitted in a series of tweets Friday that the purpose of her trip to Israel centered around “witness[ing] firsthand what is happening on the ground in Palestine” — just as Israeli leadership originally suggested — and called for the U.S. to use aid as “leverage” against Israel.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., the first Somali-American elected to Congress who is a frequent target of President Donald Trump, speaks as she introduces the Zero Waste Act that creates a federal grant program to help local governments invest in waste reduction initiatives, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, July 25, …