Mahmoud Abbas

Can Hamas and PA Bury The Hatchet?

Despite moves toward unity, extremists seen unlikely to give Abbas power in Gaza.

03/22/2011
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — For a moment last week in the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinians became heady with visions of unity.

After thousands of youths turned out in the squares of the Palestinian territories draped in flags and raising posters calling for an end to the feud between the two main political factions, President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas seemed headed for a détente consecrated at a Gaza Strip summit.

“God has answered my prayers,” said Palestinian oil and gas tycoon Munib Masri, a member of the Palestine Legislative Council.

Palestinian youth demonstrators calling for unity at Manara Square in Ramallah last week.

Gillibrand, Kirk Mobilize Senate on Palestinian Incitement

03/17/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

 A letter circulating in the Senate calls on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to detail steps the U.S. is taking to end Palestinian incitement against Israeli civilians. The letter is in response to Friday’s stabbing massacre of five members of a Jeiwsh family in the West Bank settlement of Itamar.

Palestinian incitement, Israeli incitement

In the days since the terrible murder of a family of five in the West Bank settlement of Itamar, the issue of Palestinian incitement has emerged as Talking Point Number One for pro-Israel groups here.

The Palestinian Authority hasn't done enough to curb incitement, the argument goes, which naturally leads to tragedies such as the Itamar murders.

Fair enough; it's hard to argue with claims the PA has done too little to tamp down, and has sometimes contributed to, incitement against the very idea of Israel, most notably in its own media.

Response to Itamar Attack Prompts Israelis to Ask Whether Palestinians are Serious About Peace

03/14/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Palestinian reaction to the grisly killings of five Israeli family members in the Jewish settlement of Itamar, on the West Bank, has prompted many Israelis to ask the same question of the Palestinians that the world often asks of the Israeli government: Are they really serious about peace?

On the one hand, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas went on Israel Radio on Monday to condemn the March 11 killings of the Fogel family members, including a 4-year-old boy and a 3-month-old girl, as “despicable, inhuman and immoral.”

Abbas Denounces Murders in Itamar on Israel Radio

03/14/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the killing of five members of a Jewish family "despicable," "inhuman and immoral."

"A human being is not capable of something like that," Abbas continued in Arabic during an interview Monday morning on Israel Radio. Abbas' words were translated into Hebrew by the interviewer.

PA Calls Elections, Chief Negotiator Erekat Resigns

02/13/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Palestinian Authority said it will hold elections by September in what is being seen as a response to the political upheaval in Egypt.

The decision to have parliamentary and presidential elections was announced Saturday in the West Bank city of Ramallah. It followed a meeting of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which is led by PA President Mahmoud Abbas and oversees the Palestinian Authority.

Hamas rejected the announcement and said it would not participate in the elections.

New Middle East task forces, familiar faces, same old problems

 Over at Politico. Laura Rozen is reporting that the Obama administration has created two task forces to seek new ideas about how to get beyond the current stalemate in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Palestinians Gain Ground in PR, Diplomatic War

12/22/2010
JTA

NEW YORK (JTA) -- In the long-running Palestinian-Israeli conflict, score some recent victories for the Palestinians.

It’s not that Israel has given an inch in the territorial dispute over the West Bank, or that the Palestinians in Gaza have achieved new military victories against the Israelis, despite increased rocket and mortar fire from the coastal strip in recent weeks.

Rather, the Palestinians have scored a series of diplomatic and public-relations successes against a Jewish state weakened by fraying relationships and a declining reputation internationally.

Media Watch: Who Is A ‘Real Jew?’

How much your heart breaks when you argue says a lot.

12/21/2010
Associate Editor

Pinocchio wanted to be “a real boy.” When he followed Lampwick to Pleasure Island and began smoking cigars, shooting pool and living the crude life until growing donkey ears and braying, was Pinocchio closer to being a real boy or a real donkey? At least Pinocchio had the decency to feel ashamed.

New York Times columnist Roger Cohen .

Report: Talks Stymied Over Israel’s ‘Security Concept’

12/21/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israeli-Palestinian talks were reportedly at an impasse over Israel's insistence on a continued military presence when a dispute over settlements ended them.

Newsweek, quoting negotiators from each side, reported Monday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted that the Palestinians accept Israel's "security concept" before discussing any other topic.

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