Mahmoud Abbas

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Abbas issues warning as hunger strikes continue

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2012

Palestinian groups and Israeli politicians have warned of clashes between security forces and protesters if one of the prisoners currently on hunger strike dies.

Some 1,600 prisoners currently on administrative detention in Israel, some for crimes against civilians, are on hunger strike to protest alleged solitary confinement, poor prison conditions and detention without trial.


PA spells out conditions for peace negotiations

April 19, 2012

The Palestinian Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, boycotted a planned meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday.

The meeting, which was the first high-level contact between Israeli and Palestinian representatives since talks in Amman broke down nearly three months ago, was convened so that the Palestinian Authority could deliver its conditions for a renewal of negotiations.



Olmert: Abbas is partner for peace for Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, March 27, 2012

The former Israeli Prime Minister has described the Palestinian leader as a "partner for peace".

Ehud Olmert, who resigned from his position in 2009 amid allegations of corruption, dismissed claims that Israel had no partner for negotiations. However he said that all options should be considered for dealing with the Iranian threat.