Arab Israeli Conflict
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Mahmoud Abbas is the head of the Palestinian Authority, a position he undertook in January 2005. He is a member of the Fatah, and has been a chairman of the PLO since November 2004, succeeding Yasser Arafat.
He was born in Safed, and fled with his family to Syria in 1948 when Israel's independence day war broke out. He studied law at the University of Damascus and obtained a PhD degree at the Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, where he wrote a dissertaion on the "secret relationship between zionism and nazism."
Abbas is married to Amina Abbas and has three sons - two living, and one deceased.
Al-Kafarneh was forced to ask one of his sons to drop out of university. “My message to President Abbas: Lift the sanctions imposed on the families of the martyrs, wounded and prisoners."
PMW exposed that when Abbas spoke with Israeli students he talked about the shared desire for peace, but previously, when he spoke to Palestinians he praised the murderer of two Israeli students as a “heroic brother.”
The Palestinian leader spoke in advance of the anticipated roll out of what US President Donald Trump is calling the “Plan of the Century” to resolve the Israeli-Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Abbas wants to be remembered as the great leader who managed to elevate the status of the Palestinians to full members of the UN.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
In June 2018, the General Assembly adopted a resolution that called on Israel to refrain from the use of excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force against Palestinians.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF,KHALED ABU TOAMEH
Gaza-based offices of Palestine TV vandalized.
Hamas: We're confident we'll win again
The PA knows that Hamas was behind these attacks, Abbas added. "They [Israel] give Hamas the money, and we pay the price," Abbas said.
A survey found that if elections were held today, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would defeat PA President Mahmoud Abbas
By JULIA ALTMANN/THE MEDIA LINE
“We don’t believe in war; we don’t believe in weapons; we don’t believe in rockets, and we don’t believe in warplanes and tanks," Abbas said.
“This resolution is causing some noise,” Danon said. “Everyone is used to resolutions against Israel in the General Assembly, and suddenly here is one against Hamas.”
By HERB KEINON
Hamas has asked that a national unity government be formed within 45 days, and that elections be held in no less than six months, the report said.
By SAMUEL THROPE
This was the first time that a senior Ramallah official had admitted that the crackdown on Palestinian suspects was being carried out on direct orders from Abbas himself.
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