Mahmoud Abbas

Winds of Change Blow Softly as Palestinian Party Leaders Meet

By Luke Baker and Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov 23 – Palestinian politics hasn’t seen much change in the past 10 years — President Mahmoud Abbas has been in power since 2004 and the last parliamentary elections were a decade ago. But next week, Fatah, the dominant force in Palestinian politics for half a

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Abbas’s Farewell to Israel’s Peres Stirs Controversy at Home

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Oct 3 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is feeling a backlash at home over his attendance at the funeral of Israeli statesman Shimon Peres, who shared a Nobel prize for interim peace deals with the Palestinians. In Arabic postings on social media, critics of the Western-backed Abbas have focused on a

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Erdogan Speaks With Abbas on Turkish-Israeli Deal Over Gaza: Sources

ANKARA, June 27  – President Tayyip Erdogan spoke with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by telephone on Sunday night and told him a deal had been reached with Israel to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza, sources from the Turkish presidency said. The call came as senior officials from both Turkey and Israel said a deal

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With New Decree, Palestinian Leader Tightens Grip

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ali Sawafta GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank, April 11 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has quietly established a constitutional court that analysts say concentrates more power in his hands and may allow him to sideline the Islamist group Hamas in the event of a succession struggle. The nine-member body, which will have supremacy

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Israel Says Half-Year Surge in Palestinian Street Violence Wanes

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, April 10 – A half-year-long surge in Palestinian street attacks against Israelis is waning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, while Hamas accused the U.S.-backed Palestinian leadership of treachery for helping Israel stem the violence. Since October, Palestinians have killed 28 Israelis and two U.S. citizens in knife, car-ramming and

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