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.
"We have turned to peace and we have no other option," Mahmoud Abbbas told Meretz Chairwoman Tamar Zandberg.
Israel dried Gaza up, Egypt contributed to it in its way, the Arab states abandoned it, and the PA declared war on it.
Palestinians don’t believe that the situation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip will change as a result of the upcoming election.
The PA knows that Hamas was behind these attacks, Abbas added. "They [Israel] give Hamas the money, and we pay the price," Abbas said.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
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.
"President Abbas told them: All the billions of dollars in the world will not make me give up one inch of the soil of Jerusalem."
In the eyes of many Palestinians, Abbas now looks like the bad guy who is punishing Gaza, while others are trying to end the crisis.
“We won’t be afraid, and no one should blame us,” the PA president said in reference to the anticipated decisions.
Abbas said the Palestinians were capable of facing “all liquidationist schemes and conspiracies that are being concocted against their national cause.”
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