Mahmoud Abbas

Israeli President Peres defends Abbas on peace

By Sandy Rashty, December 31, 2012

Israeli President Shimon Peres has praised Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for promoting “peace rather than terror”.

President Peres defended the Palestinian leader while implying that the more forceful approach of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was not conducive to peace.

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Abbas criticises Hamas leader for not recognising Israel

By Anna Sheinman, December 13, 2012

Palestinian Authority President Mahmous Abbas has criticised Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal for saying that the terrorist organisation would never recognise the state of Israel, a Turkish newspaper has reported.

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Abbas says he will go to ICC if Israel withholds cash

By Anna Sheinman, December 10, 2012

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has warned that if Israel continues to withhold tax revenue, the Palestinian Authority may go to the International Criminal Court.

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Foreign Office minister meets Abbas in Ramallah

By Sandy Rashty, November 21, 2012

British Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt has said that “the people of Gaza deserve a better future,” during a visit to the West Bank and Jerusalem yesterday.

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Abbas tells Obama he is set on UN upgrade

By Anna Sheinman, November 12, 2012

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has told President Obama that he is set on gaining non-member status for the PA, despite US opposition.

According to Nabil Abu Rdaineh, an aide to President Abbas, the two leaders spoke on the phone on Sunday.

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Israeli cabinet to ask Obama to reject Palestinian UN bid

By Hadas Haimov, November 7, 2012

The Israeli cabinet will ask re-elected US President Barack Obama to refuse the Palestinian request for a diplomatic UN upgrade.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly at the end of the month. Sources say he will ask the UN to upgrade Palestinian status to that of permanent observer-state.

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Abbas takes back ‘right of return’ remarks

By Anna Sheinman, November 5, 2012

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said that he has not given up on the right of return for Palestinians, rowing back on his comments to Israel’s Channel 2 two days previously.

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Abbas suggests no ‘right of return’ for Palestinians

By Anna Sheinman, November 2, 2012

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has suggested that he has no right of return to Israel.

Asked whether he wanted to live in Safed, the town now in northern Israel that he left in 1948, President Abbas said: “I visited Safed before once. But I want to see Safed. It's my right to see it, but not to live there.”

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Blow to Abbas in West Bank elections

By Anna Sheinman, October 22, 2012

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas suffered a blow after Fatah party candidates fared poorly in local elections in the West Bank on Saturday.

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Multiple dilemmas make for a subdued Abbas

By Jonathan Cummings, October 4, 2012

Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority, brought a familiar charge-sheet against Israel in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, but failed to articulate the “new approach” he said was needed to restart peace talks.

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