Mahmoud Abbas

‘Jewish State’ Still An Obstacle For Abbas

03/19/2014
Editorial

With the deadline for the Mideast peace talks five weeks away and little visible progress between the Palestinians and Israelis, it looks like the U.S. is more interested in saving face at this point than actually brokering a deal. The short-term goal is to get an agreement on a U.S.-drafted framework paper to allow for further talks.

In Mideast Peace Talks, A New Obstacle

Netanyahu’s requirement that Abbas recognize Israel as a Jewish state draws controversy in Israel and U.S.

03/19/2014
Israel Correspondent
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Tel Aviv — Israeli-Palestinian peace talks appeared at the edge of a breakdown after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited the White House this week, but this time, the deal-breaking disputes don’t seem to be the status of Jerusalem, the fate of Palestinian refugees, or recognition of the 1967 Green Line as in the past.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meets with President Barack Obama Monday at the White House. Getty Images

Obama In Israel: What Lies Beyond

03/22/2013

It would be difficult to exaggerate the significance of President Obama’s official visit to Israel this week, both for the interests of the United States in the Middle East, and also, of course, for Israel.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

BJ Rabbis Went Too Far

We American Jews get bent out of shape when we’re accused of dual loyalty. But the truth is many of us are guilty as charged when it comes to being proud Americans and supporting the people of Israel.

EU Condemns Israeli Settlements

European Union calls on Israel to cancel construction, avoid 'undermining' Palestinian Authority's finances.

12/11/2012

The European Union called on Israel to cancel planned construction in West Bank settlements and “avoid any step undermining the financial situation of the Palestinian Authority.”

The European Union made the appeal in a document published Tuesday titled “Council conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process,” which came out of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels the previous day.

The European Union's headquarters in Brussels. Getty Images

UN Legitimizes Palestinian Terror Regimes

12/03/2012
Special To the Jewish Week

The United Nations General Assembly has voted to make ‘Palestine’ a ‘non-member state’ of the UN. This has done no less than legitimize the two Palestinian regimes that promote terrorism, murdering Jews and Israel’s destruction. How can the world claim to be fighting terrorism when it has just declared that two terrorist regimes should enjoy sovereignty?

AIPAC Calls For Review Of U.S.-Palestinian Ties

To date, laws passed by Congress would impose penalties on full U.N. membership, not non-member status.

11/30/2012

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee called for a "full review" of the U.S. relationship with the Palestine Liberation Organization, including shutting its Washington office, in the wake of its obtaining non-member state status at the United Nations.

Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian National Authority, speaks at the U.N. on Nov. 29. Getty Images

Fresh Rift Seen In PA UN Bid

Most Jewish groups oppose Abbas’ move; Israelis on left urge support for PA leader.

11/27/2012
Staff Writer

The frustration in the voice of former Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh is evident when he speaks of the planned U.S. opposition to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ bid for United Nations’ recognition of Palestine as a non-member state.

The move, slated for this Thursday, threatens to “destroy America’s only achievement in this region,” he said by phone from Jerusalem, referring to the American training of the Palestinian security force in the West Bank.

Abbas: Rewarded for not negotiating with Israel? getty images

Avoidance Diplomacy

11/27/2012
Editorial

How fitting that the body of PLO founder Yasir Arafat is being exhumed this week in the hopes that his death can be attributed to poisoning by the Israelis.

At a remarkably chaotic moment even for the always churning Mideast, with Syria collapsing and Egypt’s new leader seeking Pharaoh-like powers, it seems the Palestinians will do anything to review and return to the past while ignoring the reality of today and planning for tomorrow.

Bus Explodes In Tel Aviv In Apparent Terror Attack

11/21/2012

A bus exploded in Tel Aviv in what police are describing as a terrorist attack.

At least 21 people were injured in Wednesday's blast, according to a spokesman at Sourasky Medical Center - Ichilov Hospital.

The bus exploded at noon in the heart of Tel Aviv, near the central army base called the Kirya. The the injured were taken to Ichilov hospital.

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