Mahmoud Abbas

Are peace talks imminent? Rumours fly in Israel

By Zoe Winograd, June 25, 2013

Speculation is rife in the Israeli media that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has agreed to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the possibility of serious peace talks.

According to Israeli television, Mr Abbas has threatened to take unilateral action at the United Nations if Mr Netanyahu does not make a serious proposal during the meeting.

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Newly appointed Palestinian PM hands in resignation

By Zoe Winograd, June 21, 2013

Recently-installed Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah handed in his resignation on Thursday night.

According to Palestinian sources, the move followed a heated dispute between Mr Hamdallah and his two deputies, Mohammed Mustafa and Ziad Abu Amru.

The prime minister has been in office less than a month.

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New Palestinian Prime Minister appointed

By Zoe Winograd, June 3, 2013

On Sunday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced that Rami Hamdallah would take the position of prime minister.

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Recognition not a pre-condition for Netanyahu

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 18, 2013

Mr Netanyahu has repeatedly said that he is willing to sit down with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas without preconditions and, at the same time, has said that Israel will insist at the start of any talks that security arrangements are discussed and that the Palestinians recognise Israel as a Jewish state.

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PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has resigned

By Zoe Winograd, April 15, 2013

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has resigned.

President Mahmoud Abbas accepted Mr Fayyad’s resignation after a brief meeting at the Muqata government compound in Ramallah on Saturday.

Rumours of Mr Fayyad’s resignation surfaced last week following his disagreement with Mr Abbas over the departure of finance minister Nabil Qassis.

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US and Europe act to prevent resignation of Fayyad

By Zoe Winograd, April 12, 2013

American and European officials have asked Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to postpone a meeting with Prime Minister Salam Fayyad which was meant to take place today.

It is believed that Mr Abbas wanted to discuss the possibility of Mr Fayyad leaving the government.

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Opinion divided over Kerry peace talks visit

By Zoe Winograd, April 10, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry has left Israel feeling optimistic – but the Palestinians less so - after a three-day shuttle diplomacy visit.

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Kerry arrives in Israel to kick-start peace process

By Zoe Winograd, April 8, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Israel to broker negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Mr Kerry is expected to take part in the Yom Hashoah ceremony at Yad Vashem this morning followed by a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres in the afternoon.

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Obama in Ramallah to meet Abbas

By Anna Sheinman, March 21, 2013

US President Barack Obama is now in Ramallah in the West Bank to meet Palestinian Authority leaders on the second day of his trip to the Middle East.

This morning Mr Obama saw the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum, accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Livni ‘helped foil Abbas peace deal’

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 14, 2013

Former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2008 not to sign a peace agreement that Mr Abbas had formulated together with the then Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

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