Obama visit could see three or four-way summit

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and Barack Obama could hold a three-way summit during the US president’s upcoming visit, Israel’s deputy foreign minister said on Saturday. “During the visit of President Obama, a three-way summit could take place or even four-way with King Abdullah II of Jordan,”

Abbas at UN accuses Israel of ‘ethnic cleansing’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of ethnic cleansing Thursday for building settlements in east Jerusalem. “It is a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian people via the demolition of their homes,” Abbas said in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly.

Netanyahu: UN Human Rights Council "should be ashamed of itself"

Israel has severed all contact with the UN Human Rights Council after accusing the body of bias for ordering an investigation into Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank. Mr Netanyahu’s cabinet is also considering imposing stiff financial penalties on the Palestinian Authority after accusing its president, Mahmoud Abbas, of being behind the council’s latest […]

US pressure could shift from Netanyahu to Abbas

It’s an axiom of Arab-Israeli peacemaking that the new rapport between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would leave Palestinians in an awkward spot. After the Obama administration pushed Mr. Netanyahu over the past year to rein in West Bank settlements, there are signals in the wake of Netanyahu’s White House visit on […]

PLO extends mandates of Abbas & parliament

The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has extended the mandates of both president Mahmoud Abbas and the Hamas-dominated parliament until new elections are held. The decision was made by PLO’s Central Council at a meeting in Ramallah on Wednesday. Qaid al-Ghul, a PLO representative said: “The PLO took the decision that president Abbas and the Legislative […]

Barghouti: In Israel there is no de Gaulle or de Klerk

During a CNN interview with jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti he was asked : Some of the media have described you as a “Palestinian Nelson Mandela.” Can you ever hope to satisfy these incredibly high expectations? He said : “I highly respect the experience and resistance of the great African leader Mandela, who led his […]

Palestinian officials: Abbas won’t quit presidency soon

Senior Palestinian officials ruled out on Thursday that Mahmoud Abbas would quit his post as Palestinian president during the upcoming meeting of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Central Council on Dec. 15. Abbas hinted last month that he would quit his post as the president of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) if the general Palestinian elections […]

Abbas concluded his visit to Lebanon and headed to Cairo

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas concluded his visit to Lebanon and headed to Cairo. Minister Wael Abu Faour, representing President Michel Suleiman, bid farewell to Abbas at the airport. Earlier today PM Hariri hosted a lunch in honor of the Palestinian President Mahmoud and his accompanying delegation at Center House. The lunch was attended by former […]