Mahmoud Abbas

Putin: Russia Already Recognizes Palestine

06/28/2012

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that Moscow already has recognized a Palestinian state.

"We [recognized Palestine] 25 years ago, and our position has not changed," Putin told Abbas on Tuesday during a visit to Ramallah, the Times of Israel reported.

"Palestinian leadership, and the president personally, have been behaving responsibly to achieve peace based on the two-state solution," Putin reportedly said.

Putin: Russia Already Recognizes Palestine

06/28/2012

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that Moscow already has recognized a Palestinian state.

"We [recognized Palestine] 25 years ago, and our position has not changed," Putin told Abbas on Tuesday during a visit to Ramallah, the Times of Israel reported.

"Palestinian leadership, and the president personally, have been behaving responsibly to achieve peace based on the two-state solution," Putin reportedly said.

No Peace Talks Yet, But Parties Are Exchanging Letters (And Salt)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to meet a delegation next week headed by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to accept a letter in which the Palestinians spell out their conditions for resuscitating the comatose peace process.

Netanyahu is then expected to pen his own letter spelling out his expectations from such talks.  

But don’t expect any breakthroughs.

Netanyahu, Abbas Pessimistic About Continuing Talks

01/30/2012

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The possibility of continuing peace talks with the Palestinians is "not particularly good," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

We "hope that the Palestinians will stay in the talks in order to reach, in the end, concrete negotiations between us on a peace agreement," Netanyahu said Sunday at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet meeting.

U.S. Transfers $40 Million In Aid To Palestinians

12/30/2011

The United States transferred $40 million in foreign assistance to the Palestinians. 

The Associated Press reported Thursday that congressional lawmakers released the funds, which amount to 20 percent of the $187 million in foreign assistance from fiscal year 2011 that was held up by Congress in response to the Palestinians' actions at the United Nations. 

The assistance that the U.S. is  for humanitarian and economic purposes and not for security assistance.

Palestinians Released In Second Stage Of Shalit Swap

12/19/2011

 

Some 550 Palestinians were released from Israeli jails in the second stage of the prisoner swap for captured soldier Gilad Shalit.

Jordan's King Supports Palestinian Statehood in West Bank Visit

11/22/2011

 

Jordan's King Abdullah visited the West Bank for the first time in more than a decade to demonstrate support for the Palestinians' statehood bid in the United Nations.

UNESCO Fiasco

11/01/2011
Editorial

The vote this week by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to approve full membership for the Palestinians is another step along the treacherous road toward full UN recognition of Palestine and continued delegitimization of Israel.

Fortunately, and to its credit, the United States voted against the move, labeling it “inexplicable,” but the final tally was 107-14, with 52 abstentions, among the UNESCO membership.

U.S. Fears Pro-Palestinian Attacks On Embassies

U.S. diplomats, not only in the Middle East, are "incredibly nervous" that angry pro-Palestinian mobs will attack American embassies and other installations in retaliation for opposing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' application for UN recognition of Palestine, according to Congressional sources briefed by the State Department.

Ten Years Of The Durban Strategy

09/14/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

The “tsunami” of the Arab-Israeli conflict that some are predicting this September may or may not happen. And while the probable UN General Assembly recognition of Palestinian independence and the Durban III conference warrant attention, instead of prognosticating the fallout from these events, we should examine – and learn from – the last decade’s events that led to these moments.

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