Mahmoud Abbas

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.

Obama Reaffirms Statehood Opposition

11/12/2012

President Obama told Palestinian Authority President Abbas that the United States remains opposed to unilateral bids to achieve statehood status at the United Nations.

"In his discussion with President Abbas, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to Middle East peace and his strong support for direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians with the objective of two states living side by side in peace and security," a White House statement said Sunday evening. "He also reiterated the United States' opposition to unilateral efforts at the United Nations."

U.S. Reiterates Opposition To "Israeli Settlement Activity"

United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice also rejects new bid to upgrade Palestinians' status at the UN.
10/16/2012

During a speech at the United Nations Security Council’s Open Debate on the Middle East, U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Susan Rice outlined the Obama administration’s stance on key Middle East issues including Israeli building in the West Bank, peace efforts and the Palestinian bid for statehood.

Rice emphasized that the U.S. “does not accept the legitimacy of Israeli settlement activity, and will continue to oppose any efforts to legalize outposts.”

U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Susan Rice. State Department

Missing The Point At The UN

10/03/2012
Editorial

The shallowness of mainstream media was evidenced last week in its reporting on the major addresses to the United Nations General Assembly by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Abbas At U.N. Blasts Israel As ‘Racist,’ Tamps Down Statehood Bid

09/28/2012

 Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in his U.N. address blasted Israel as seeking to end the two-state solution but tamped down any plans to seek statehood unilaterally.

Describing what he said were "racist" attacks by settlers on Palestinians in collusion with the Israeli government, Abbas told the General Assembly on Thursday that he has reached the conclusion "that the Israeli government rejects the two-state solution."

He said, however, that Palestinians remain ready to negotiate a two-state solution.

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