Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian President Abbas in talks with Obama

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 13, 2014

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will arrive at the White House on Monday for a potentially crucial meeting with US President Barack Obama on the future of the talks with Israel. The deadline for the end of the current stage of the talks is at the end of the month and American mediators have so far failed to deliver a frame agreement to launch the next stage of negotiations.

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Abbas charm offensive but Erekat hostile

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 20, 2014

As America prepares to present the Israelis and Palestinians with the framework for an agreement it hopes will guarantee peace talks for the rest of the year, the Palestinian leadership has embarked on a combined charm-threat offensive.

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Will 2014 be a year of peace?

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 23, 2013

At a particularly bleak moment during his umpteenth visit to the region this month, US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted: “We’re not talking at this point about any shifts [in the schedule],” and reiterated his belief that Israel and the Palestinians can still reach a peace agreement by April, at the end of the nine-month time-frame he set for the talks.

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Abbas urges EU businesses to boycott 'settlements'

By Charlotte Oliver, October 24, 2013

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has urged foreign companies to boycott businesses based in Israeli settlements, calling the enterprises "a violation of international law".

Mr Abbas spoke after meeting European Council President Herman van Rompuy in Brussels, as part of the Palestinian leader's visit to several European countries.

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Israel releases 25 Palestinians as peace talks resume

By Zoe Winograd, August 14, 2013

Twenty-six Palestinian prisoners were released by Israel late last night as part of the build-up to peace negotiations.

More than 1000 people gathered at the presidential compound in Ramallah to welcome the prisoners.

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Success is relative term in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process

By Yossi Alpher, July 25, 2013

No one has persuaded the Israelis and Palestinians to sit down for extended, serious peace talks since September 2008. Then, the Olmert-Abbas negotiations ended with the greatest degree of mutual agreement recorded thus far, yet without enough substance to reach a deal.

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Israel fears blame for failure of peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 25, 2013

The Israeli government is concerned that if the newly revived peace talks between it and the Palestinians fail, it will be blamed — with severe diplomatic consequences.

Officials in Jerusalem have expressed fears that any collapse in the peace process would lead to a renewed diplomatic push aimed at forcing Israel to relinquish control of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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Netanyahu phones Abbas to call for peace talks

By Zoe Winograd, July 15, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu telephoned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday in an effort to “start negotiations”.

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Fast exit of Palestinian PM a worrying sign

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 28, 2013

The 18 days that Rami Hamdallah spent as prime minister of the PA before he decided to resign last week were a perfect illustration of the surreal situation facing the Palestinian Government.

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Both leaders shackled as Kerry visits

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 27, 2013

American diplomats have been trying this week to lower expectations over State Secretary John Kerry’s visit to Israel and Jordan starting today.

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