Mahmoud Abbas

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.

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    By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas greets delegates after addressing the 72nd United Nations

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    By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

  • Abbas eyeing 'decisive decisions' in relations with Hamas, Israel and U.S.

    By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

  • Abbas vows to continue paying prisoners and their families

    By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

  • PA: No change in Abbas's stance toward Gaza truce after Sisi meeting

    By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

  • Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo

    Abbas, Sisi meet as Gaza deal in the works

    By TOVAH LAZAROFF

  • Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo

    Report: Israel-Hamas ceasefire includes easing of blockade, work permits

    By TAMAR BEERI

  • A man enters the headquarters of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), in Ramallah Septembe

    Israeli politicians: PLO torpedoing peace with vote to not recognize Israel

    By TOVAH LAZAROFF

  • Report: Abbas threatens to end security coordination with Israel

    By MAARIV ONLINE

  • Egyptian officials resume truce talks in Gaza

    By KHALED ABU TOAMEH