Mahmoud Abbas

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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Abbas agrees to settlement freeze for peace

September 28, 2012

Harvard jurist and Israel-advocate Alan Dershowitz this week claimed to have secured Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s agreement to a settlement freeze formula that could lead to renewed peace talks.

Mr Abbas met Mr Dershowitz in New York on Monday ahead of his address to the UN General Assembly.

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Israeli PM warns UN nuclear Iran needs 'red line'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2012

Israel's Prime Minister warned the United Nations General Assembly today that without a defined "red line", Iran could have nuclear capabilities by next summer.

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Truth rebuffed as 'interference'

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 11, 2012

A great deal of heat has been caused by a letter sent last month by Israel's Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, to the Quartet (the USA, EU, UN and Russia) - the group charged with facilitating a Middle East peace process.

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Palestinians to take statehood bid back to UN

By Ben Hartman, August 9, 2012

The Palestinian Authority will head to the UN General Assembly next month to seek non-state membership, despite a series of carrots and sticks held up by Israel in an effort to block the bid.

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Palestinian leader Abbas to visit Iran

By Jennifer Lipman, July 9, 2012

Israeli officials have expressed concern at the decision by the Palestinian president to accept an invitation to Tehran.

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Jewish leader: We can't afford delay on peace process

By Josh Jackman, June 14, 2012

The World Jewish Congress president has published an open letter calling on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to re-open peace talks with Israel as a matter of urgency.

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