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10.08.2015 | 25 Tishri, 5776
The PA's security forces are continuing to play a key role in preventing mass rioting on the scale seen more than ten years ago in the West Bank.
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
The members of the Fatah Central Council, including Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, called on Palestinians to “preserve the popular nature” of the current protests.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
At PLO meeting, Abbas says that he has intimated to Israel that Palestinians don't want escalation of violence.
The announcement came as PA president calls for international protection for the Palestinians “before matters get out of control.”
After deadly terrorist attacks, PA president says Israel stoking tensions in order to "escape political impasse and international isolation"
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Any incident, even the most marginal, can turn into a strategic mega-terror attack that will draw an Israeli response which will send the situation spiraling out of control.
By YOSSI MELMAN
The Yisrael Beytenu leader says money transfers to the Palestinian Authority must stop and that all terrorists should get the death penalty.
Abbas’s speech has “inaugurated a new phase” in relations between the Palestinians and Israel – one that is based on “reciprocity,” advisor says.
"Abbas has shown the international community that Palestinians remain rooted to a strategy of symbolism obfuscation and excuses which will do little to bring benefits to average Palestinians."
Former minister Yossi Beilin, who initiated the Oslo process, said both sides were to blame for the peace process not advancing.
By GIL HOFFMAN
Abbas did not announce his resignation or the dismantlement of the Palestinian Authority, as many predicted he would do.
Israeli prime minister is already in New York, where he is expected to address the UN General Assembly on Thursday
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
Raising the Palestinian flag at the UN is a symbolic gesture. The UN has not accepted Palestine as a member state.
By DANIELLE ZIRI
PM: Palestinians using Temple Mount violence to incite against Israel.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH,TOVAH LAZAROFF
PM to discuss Palestinian conflict with world leaders and Jewish community heads in NY.
Mahmoud Habbash said that Abbas and US Secretary of State John Kerry held “difficult” talks in New York during which they discussed the PA president’s UN speech.
PM also calls on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to return to the negotiating table.
Official says world should finally hold Abbas “accountable” for his behavior.
By HERB KEINON
Following a meeting in Paris with French President Francois Hollande, the Palestinian leader said the situation in Jerusalem was "a very dangerous one."
By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA
Three former ambassadors actively lobby in Brazil to scuttle appointment of Dani Dayan as Israel's next ambassador; group of ex-ambassadors meet with Abbas in Paris.
The survey, taken between Sept 17-19, was conducted at a time of heightened Israeli-Palestinian tension, particularly over a Jerusalem shrine holy to Muslims and Jews.
Abbas refrains from elaborating on what he plans to say at UN General Assembly, while some predict he will announce resignation or cancellation of Oslo Accords with Israel.
Palestinian leader's comments come amid the violence at Jerusalem's Temple Mount over the past few days.
A number of names have been bandied about, yet nobody in Israel can say for certain who will be the next leader of the Palestinians.
For the past few weeks, the talk about Abbas’s possible resignation has sparked a debate among Palestinians as to his true intentions.
Official says that the Palestinian diplomatic modus operandi is one of brinkmanship: refuse to negotiate, and then threaten different various “doomsday scenarios.”
By GIL HOFFMAN,HERB KEINON,KHALED ABU TOAMEH
The 80-year-old Abbas reportedly wants to retire due to his age and out of the desire to be "an ordinary citizen."
Differences erupt among Palestinian factions ahead of PLO parliament meeting; Abed Rabbo: Session will just be about personal changes.
The decision came following international pressure on the PA leadership, Palestinian sources said.
Hamas says the move is “invalid” because it does not take into consideration efforts to achieve reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.
Erekat’s denial came in response to reports that Abbas and nine other members of the Executive Committee have resigned to pave the way for the election of new officials.
“The recent terrorist attacks could lead to a third intifada, which we must prevent with all the tools we have,” opposition leader says in Ramallah.
By LAHAV HARKOV
In a letter to Abbas, Tawfik Tirawi said recent diplomatic achievements scored by the PA leadership were insufficient in the absence of large-scale reforms.
The decision to hand over the file to the ICC came in the aftermath of last week’s arson attack in the village of Douma that killed 18-month-old Ali Dawabsha.
Amid an increase in tensions between Palestinians and the IDF, Abbas orders security services to prevent attacks to maintain perceived advantage.
By JPOST.COM STAFF,YAAKOV LAPPIN
Hamas, Islamic Jihad call for armed resistance against Israel
Palestinian leadership to convene over secret meetings with Israelis.
Abbas's spokesman warns Israel of repercussions of "continuous raids on al-Aksa Mosque, daily killings of Palestinian civilians and continued settlement construction."
Abbas says the PA still believes in a two-state solution during press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
The premier told his Palestinian counterpart that the people of Israel seek peace and that the government would continue to work toward maintaining regional stability.
French foreign minister says that national unity government will likely not include Hamas.
Ahead of Fabius visit to region, French diplomat calls stalled peace process "deadly."
This past April, Hamas called on Abbas to “quit the political scene,” saying he remains an obstacle to achieving national unity.
PA head says Israel must "stop violating our agreements and fully commit to them."
Former PM tells Army Radio that Israel cannot continue to rule over Palestinians without risking violent uprising.
At World Economic Forum, Palestinian Authority president calls on international community to intervene on issue of settlement building.
Abbas: Secret talks are being held at a time when Hamas continues to issue “baseless accusations” against PA.
Abbas and the pope met privately for 20 minutes, according to the report by AFP.
In addition to the release of prisoners and an end to West Bank building, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas wants a guarantee that talks will last for at least a year.
During Tunisia visit, PA president says France to soon present peace initiative to the UN Security Council.
Vatican tells Israel that characterization didn’t happen as reported by the media.
By HERB KEINON,REUTERS
By the end of September, the status of the Iran deal will become clear. Then the UN General Assembly will convene, and the Israel-Palestinian issue will return to the world’s agenda.
Earlier on Sunday, Ban Ki-Moon condemned “in the strongest terms” Saturday night’s attack in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Putin and Abbas last met in April in Moscow where the two discussed peace and security issues in the Middle East.
By JPOST.COM STAFF,REUTERS
Earlier this month, Abbas called an extraordinary meeting of the PNC to elect new leaders for the PLO Executive Committee, a key decision-making body.
Despite horrific arson attack in Duma, Abbas said his security forces will continue to coordinate their activities with Israel while working to prevent any acts of revenge.
By ARIK BENDER
Although security coordination remains good, PA leadership unhappy about Israeli steps to ease conditions for Palestinians, which remove motivation to participate in demonstrations.
Sr. Israeli diplomat: Israel-Indo relationship now ‘without hangups’
Nicholson says Canada will continue its strong stance in support of Israel.
By GREER FAY CASHMAN
Mahmoud Abbas seems reconciled that he will not see Palestinian independence in his day.
By MENACHEM KLEIN
Katz opposes Netanyahu's "Israeli Republican Party" idea.
Joint List MK Basel Ghattas meets with jailed Fatah leader in prison where he is serving life sentences plus 40 years for murders and attempted murder.
Abu Rudaineh said that the meeting was aimed at coordinating positions between the Palestinians and Egyptians ahead of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York later this month.
The PNC was originally scheduled to convene in Ramallah on September 14 and 15 to elect new members of the PLO Executive Committee and discuss future relations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Unconfirmed reports claimed that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was planning to announce his resignation from his post during the upcoming session.
"There will be a visit to Iran, but no date has been set."
By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA,KHALED ABU TOAMEH
Re-examining the political landscape in light of the Iran deal, the PA must play a double game in order to keep all options on the table.
By GIDEON GOREN
Questions over who will succeed Abbas raise the concern that his sudden departure could leave a power vacuum that would threaten the stability of the entire region.
By JIHAN ABDALLA
Palestinian Authority confiscating assets of coalition headed by ex-PLO secretary-general, Arab media say.
Ch. 1 report cited PA officials as saying 80-year-old's surprising announcement of retirement is due to fatigue; Abbas advisor labels report "Israeli rumors."
Ourdouni, leader of Fatah's branch in the largest refugee camp in Lebanon, survived previous attempts on his life, but it is unclear if his death is linked to past conflicts or violence from Syria.
Former senior Fatah official, who lives in exile in Dubai is now seen as a strong candidate for president if Abbas ever steps down or decides to call elections
The move can be seen as an indication of Abbas’s full confidence in Erekat and that he even considers him fit to serve as the next PA president.
Abed Rabbo is one of several officials who see themselves as potential successors to the 80-year-old Palestinian Authority president.
Azzam al-Ahmed, senior Fatah official in charge of talks, cancels trip to Gaza
Fatah officials have denied the report, Israel Radio reports, saying that talks between the two sides have not concluded.
The announcement was first reported by the Palestinian news agency Ma’an.
The Jordanians claim that the head of the Palestinian Football Association did not vote for their candidate; Many are calling on government to revoke Rajoub’s Jordanian citizenship.
Abbas and Netanyahu each have given the other good reason to doubt his intentions.
By DOUGLAS BLOOMFIELD
Abbas and the Palestinian Authority have not been the cause of the recent round of violence, though it is easy for the Israeli government and prime minister to point a finger at him.
By GERSHON BASKIN
Innocently enough, Peres thought that if Mahmoud Abbas was ready to sign the Oslo Accords, then this also meant that Palestinian leaders and Arab states were open to carrying out real change.
By LIOR AKERMAN
Abbas serially refuses to restart the stalled talks yet succeeds in blaming Israel for stymieing the parleys in which he won’t participate.
By SARAH HONIG
Does Abbas deserve his good-guy credentials? Why has he proven such an abysmal failure? Who truly undermined him? And is he worth saving?
Even if in reality little remains of the Oslo agreements, day-to-day relations between Israel and the Palestinians is still governed by them. The Palestinians have no external borders that they control.
Abbas' most positive legacy, from the viewpoint of peace, was his defiance of violence.
By AMOTZ ASA-EL
Israel should worry less about Mahmoud Abbas’s shenanigans, and focus more on buttressing and broadcasting its own myriad successes.
By DAVID M. WEINBERG
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will visit Tehran in the coming months in a bid to boost ties with Iran, a PLO official told the Ma’an news agency this week.
By JPOST EDITORIAL
By BASSEM EID
Mark Twain quipped that "if you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything." That means that Abbas has to remember everything, all the time.
Abbas’ Fatah organization grew out of secular ideologies. Its largest threat now comes from the growing fundamentalist revivalism sweeping the Islamic world.
By ABRAHAM H. MILLER
To say the Middle East is experiencing trying times would be an understatement.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Pope Francis - like Pope Benedict - has joined the evil-doers to the chagrin of the Jewish people.
By DAVID SINGER
Abbas’s career as a merchant of death rather than an angel of peace stretches all the way back to the early 1970s
By SHMULEY BOTEACH