Mahmoud Abbas

Israeli plan to bypass Abbas in search for new partners

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 25, 2016

Two-and-a-half months after his appointment as Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman has signalled a change of policy towards the Palestinian Authority.

In a briefing with military correspondents last week, the leader of Yisrael Beiteinu unveiled his plan to bypass the Palestinian Authority and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, and work instead with local leaders in the West Bank and the Palestinian


Abbas 'blood libel' reveals shift in the diplomatic war

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2016

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has retracted the claim he made last week in the European Parliament that rabbis had called for the poisoning of West Bank wells.

In his speech in Brussels, President Abbas said that "only a week ago, a number of rabbis in Israel announced, and made a clear announcement, demanding that their government poison the water to kill the Palestinians." The accusatio


Abbas seeks UN statehood vote

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2016

The Palestinian Authority has launched a diplomatic initiative to secure a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and setting out a timetable for the establishment of a Palestinian state within a year.


Abbas admits rejecting Ehud Olmert's peace offer

November 19, 2015

In a recent interview with Israel's Channel 10, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas admitted for the first time that he turn down a peace offer from former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert.


Violence ebbs, but Abbas is still rejecting talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 29, 2015

A flurry of diplomatic initiatives seem to have caught the Palestinian leadership off-guard, just as the recent wave of violence appears to be subsiding.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been quick to accept any proposal for him to meet his Palestinian counterpart, President Mahmoud Abbas.


‘Executed’ Palestinian knife attack boy pictured recovering in Israeli hospital

By Naomi Firsht, October 15, 2015

Photos released of a Palestinian boy, that Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas claimed was executed by Israeli security forces, show him recovering in an Israeli hospital.

A Palestinian boy who Mahmoud Abbas said had been “executed” by Israeli security forces has been photographed recovering in an Israeli hospital.


Abbas produces fiery rhetoric but no bombshells in UN speech

By Orlando Radice, September 30, 2015

In a much-anticipated address at the United Nations General Assembly today, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas did not drop the “bombshell” that he has been hinting at in recent weeks.


Oslo buried as Abbas launches diplomatic war

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 8, 2015

There is one thing that the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority can agree on at this point.


Lieberman ‘met Abbas rival in Paris’

By Naomi Firsht, January 5, 2015

The Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has reportedly met exiled Palestinian leader Mohammed Dahlan in recent weeks, sparking speculation that the Israeli government was trying to replace PA head Mahmoud Abbas.

Mr Lieberman and Mr Dahlan both denied the reports, but Israeli website Walla claimed the pair met in at least two European capitals, including Paris 10 days ago.


Israeli politicians attack Europe after failed Palestinian statehood bid

By JC Reporter, December 31, 2014

Israeli politicians have rounded on European countries following yesterday’s failed attempt by the Palestinians to find UN Security Council backing for their statehood bid.