Mahmoud Abbas

West Bank calms down as Gaza reheats

By Shira Rubin, February 28, 2013

Although a rocket fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday threatened to ignite already heightened tensions between Palestinians and Israelis, Israeli military officials said the surge in violence throughout the West Bank over the death of a Palestinian prisoner was subsiding.

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10,000 Palestinians attend Jaradat's funeral

By Zoe Winograd, February 25, 2013

The funeral of Palestinian detainee Arafat Shalish Shahin Jaradat was attended by over 10,000 Palestinians today.

People in the crowd were waving flags and handing out leaflets urging a response to Jaradat’s death which, the Palestinian Authority has claimed, was a result of torture.

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Palestinian leader invites Lapid to Ramallah

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has invited newly elected Yair Lapid to visit Ramallah.

According to a report on Ynet news, the Palestinian leader intends to accelerate peace talks with Israel’s centre and left parties.

Reports suggest that Mr Lapid, whose party Yesh Atid won 19 Knesset seats on Tuesday, is the first politician to receive an invite.

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Abbas: we will work with any Israeli government that backs two-state solution

By Jennifer Lipman, January 23, 2013

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has pledged to work with any Israeli administration that seeks the two-state solution.

Speaking as Israeli politicians searched for ways to build the next coalition government, Mr Abbas's spokesman said that for the Palestinians the focus was not who would form the government, but its views regarding the peace process.

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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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