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  • Abbas says UN should replace US as Mideast mediator

    12/13/2017 5:08:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 13, 2017 3:37 PM EST | Karin Laub and Zeynep Bilginsoy
    Breaking with years of courting the U.S., Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Wednesday for the United Nations to replace Washington as a Mideast mediator and suggested he might not cooperate with the Trump administration’s much-anticipated effort to hammer out an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. At a summit in Turkey, Arab and Muslim leaders “rejected and condemned” President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — the trigger for Abbas’ sharp policy pivot — but stopped short of backing his more combative approach toward Washington. A possible Palestinian refusal to engage with the U.S. and growing backlash against Trump’s shift on...
  • Mike Pence calls Palestinian snub after Jerusalem decision 'unfortunate'

    12/10/2017 1:41:33 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 10, 2017 | Robert King
    Vice President Pence called the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to snub a meeting with him “unfortunate,” and that he still plans to visit the region. The statement from Pence’s press secretary on Sunday comes ahead of a planned trip to Israel and Egypt later this month. It also comes a few days after President Trump decided to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which angered Palestinians. Abbas said Saturday he would cancel a planned Dec. 19 meeting with Pence in retaliation for the embassy move. Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as their capital and the move sparked...
  • Trump tells Abbas intends to move embassy to Jerusalem: Abbas spokesman

    12/05/2017 8:17:17 AM PST · by BusterDog · 22 replies
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump informed Palestinian President Mahmolud Abbas on Tuesday that he intends to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Abbas’s spokesman said.
  • Abbas finding little support for campaign against Trump

    12/03/2017 4:10:28 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/12/17 | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas has been waging a battle against U.S. President Donald Trump's intention to recognize Jerusalem as the official capital of the State of Israel but appears to be having trouble recruiting Arab leaders to the cause, Hahadashot (formerly Channel 2 News) reported Sunday. According to the report, Abbas has been calling all the leaders of the Arab and Islamic region and asked them to convene an emergency meeting of the Arab League. Despite his appeals, however, the leaders of the Arab world are not cooperating with him. The only one who expressed willingness to help...
  • Palestinian president warns US against Jerusalem recognition

    12/03/2017 11:15:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 3, 2017 12:51 PM EST
    The Palestinian president on Sunday warned that American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would jeopardize the White House’s nascent Mideast peace efforts. President Mahmoud Abbas’ comments came amid a diplomatic push by the Palestinian leader to rally international support against the possible American move later this week. […] American officials say that President Donald Trump may recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital this week as a way to offset his likely decision to delay his campaign promise of moving the U.S. Embassy there. Israel regards Jerusalem as its capital, with most government functions, including the prime minister’s office, Supreme Court...
  • Abbas aide: Jerusalem recognition will destroy peace

    12/02/2017 11:06:57 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 50 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/12/17 | Ben Ariel
    Mahmoud Al-Habbash, a senior adviser to Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas, on Saturday declared that an American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will destroy the peace process. His comments followed reports that U.S. President Donald Trump could recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as soon as Wednesday. “Any American declaration of recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – if there is one – would mean total destruction of the peace process," said Al-Habbash, who was quoted in Israeli media. “The whole world will pay a price for any change or harm to the political reality of Jerusalem,”...
  • Abbas launches diplomatic campaign to stop Jerusalem recognition

    12/02/2017 1:17:10 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 11 replies
    Ynet News ^ | Dec. 2, 2017 | Elior Levy
    Palestinian leader talks to leaders from Jordan, Egypt, France and Qatar, asking them to pressure Trump to drop planned recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital; his adviser warns 'the world will pay the price' for any change in Jerusalem's status. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been working over the weekend to prevent the US from recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Abbas launched a diplomatic campaign, meeting and speaking with leaders from all over the world in an effort to convince them to pressure Washington to drop the move, which US officials said is expected to be announced on Wednesday. The...
  • PA Chairman: If not two states, then one state

    11/12/2017 1:57:06 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/11/17
    Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday spoke at a Fatah assembly in Gaza, commemoration 13 years since arch-terrorist and Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat died. In his speech, broadcast on television, Abbas said "no one" cares more about Gaza's people than he does, and promised that there would be "no [Palestinian] state without Gaza, or a state only in Gaza." However, he also said the PA would support a "one-state solution" with "full equality of rights for all its citizens" if the two-state solution proved impossible. It is not clear what a "one-state" solution means...
  • Why did Saudi Arabia summon Abbas?

    11/07/2017 12:59:49 PM PST · by wtd · 11 replies
    Elder of Zion blog ^ | 11/7/2017 | Elder of Ziyon
    From TOI: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas traveled to Saudi Arabia unexpectedly on Monday to meet with King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammed Bin Salman, with the Gulf kingdom at the height of a major crackdown on members of the royal family. Abbas had been in Egypt, where he was scheduled to meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, when he was summoned to Riyadh to meet with the Saudi rulers, according to the official PA news site Wafa. The timing is very curious, as this sudden invitation came at the same time of the current upheaval in Saudi Arabia...
  • Abbas Tells Trump He Won't Stop Giving American Money to Terrorists

    08/29/2017 8:58:13 PM PDT · by Lera · 36 replies
    Israel Today ^ | August 29, 2017 | Israel Today Staff
    Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has rejected American demands that he stop using foreign financial aid to pay stipends and salaries to the families of jailed Palestinian terrorists. Abbas met last week with US envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt as part of President Donald Trump's efforts to restart Middle East peace talks. According to Israeli journalists present at the meeting, Kushner, who is Trump's son-in-law, reiterated the long-standing demand that the Palestinian Authority not reward terrorism with financial gain. Congress has repeatedly threatened to halt all foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority over the payments to jailed terrorists, nearly all...
  • Bannon boycotted Trump meet with ‘terrorist’ Abbas — report

    08/22/2017 5:47:08 PM PDT · by SJackson · 37 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | August 21, 2017 | Tamar Pileggi
    Extent of animosity between ousted strategist and president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner emerging in US media reports; Bannon now said plotting his ‘revenge’ Days after his ouster from the White House, the extent of the animosity between divisive strategist Steve Bannon and the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is steadily emerging in US media reports, with an article in Vanity Fair detailing their disputes and asserting that Bannon is now planning his “revenge.” “I’m not going to breathe the same air as that terrorist,” he texted a friend at the time, according to the magazine. Another point of contention between Bannon and...
  • Abbas holds rare meeting with Hamas officials

    08/01/2017 8:58:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 08/02/17 06:16 | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday met with a delegation of Hamas officials in his offices in Ramallah, Yediot Aharonot reported. Heading the Hamas delegation was former minister Nasser al-Din al-Shaer, the report said. The rare meeting dealt with inter-Palestinian reconciliation efforts. Hamas officials also congratulated Abbas on his handling of the Temple Mount crisis. The meeting is surprising given the longstanding feud between Hamas and Abbas’s Fatah, which began in 2007, when Hamas violently took control of Gaza in a bloody coup. …
  • Whatever Is On Imran Awan’s Smashed Hard Drives Likely Can Be Recovered

    08/01/2017 5:17:19 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 90 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Mark Tapscott
    Somebody must have thought they were hiding something by smashing those computer hard-drives the FBI recovered from the home of Imran Awan, Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s former information technology (IT) aide. But odds are excellent they were wrong. Federal law enforcement authorities may have already recovered and read whatever was on those hard drives. “It depends on what happens, but even if it is hit with a hammer, it probably doesn’t damage the platters that actually hold the data, which remains recoverable,” said Tom Hakim, engineering supervisor for werecoverdata.com, a New York-based lab that specializes in difficult digital...
  • Abbas halts security coordination as Israel considers cameras over metal detectors

    07/23/2017 2:05:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    JPOST.COM ^ | 07/23/2017 | Jeremy Sharon,STAFF
    Abbas spoke on Sunday about his decision to sever ties with Israel until it reverses its decision to place metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, saying that his decision includes the security coordination with the Jewish state. "We announced an unequivocal stance, especially regarding the security coordination," Abbas said. "This decision is not at all easy, but the Israelis ought to know that they are going to be the ones who will ultimately lose, because we do a lot to defend their security and ours. We are convinced that terror must be fought everywhere, but...
  • Abbas suspends security coordination with Israel

    07/23/2017 11:13:21 AM PDT · by Lera · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/23/17 | JTA
    Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas canceled scheduled security coordination meetings between Israeli and Palestinian officials. The meetings were cancelled on Sunday, two days after Abbas announced that PA leaders have frozen all contact with Israel over newly installed security measures at the Temple Mount. It is the first time that security cooperation has been halted since Abbas was elected leader of the PA nearly a decade ago, according to Israeli reports. Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told Ynet that Israel can manage without Palestinian security cooperation, but that the Palestinians will suffer without it. “We’ve managed for many years without...
  • Time to deport Abbas

    07/22/2017 10:48:48 PM PDT · by Lera · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/23/17 | Jack Engelhard
    t’s the old game – Arabs attack and then Israel is blamed for defending itself. Following the murder of two Israeli soldiers on the Temple Mount, at the hands of three Muslim terrorists, Israel did what any sovereign nation would do; it took measures to make sure it doesn’t happen again. In this case, authorities installed security detectors at the entrances to the site to keep it safe and orderly. But Mahmoud Abbas and other Arab leaders could not resist the temptation to accuse Israel of acting provocatively against Muslim sensitivities. Abbas demanded bloodshed… and over the weekend an Arab...
  • Palestinian Authority’s 2017 Budget Shows ‘Huge Increase’ in Funding for Terror Payments

    07/19/2017 10:42:58 PM PDT · by Sheapdog · 7 replies
    The Algmeiner ^ | July 19, 2017 | Barney Breen-Portnoy
    The Palestinian Authority’s 2017 budget shows a “huge increase” in the funding of salaries for imprisoned terrorists and the families of “martyrs,” an Israeli research institute revealed on Wednesday. According to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), the amount of money allocated by the PA for payments to terrorists jailed in Israel rose 13% this year to $158 million — compared to $135 million in 2016. During the same time frame, disbursements for family members of dead terrorists increased by 4% — to $197 million from $183 million. Overall, PMW said, the PA is spending $355 million this year on the direct...
  • Abbas said enraged by Kushner meet, refuses to halt pay even to worst terrorists

    06/23/2017 1:05:18 PM PDT · by Lera · 38 replies
    A meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and senior White House official Jared Kushner reportedly left the Palestinian leader fuming and refusing to agree to watered-down demands that Ramallah cut off payments for some convicted terrorists and their families. According to Palestinian sources quoted in Hebrew and Arabic media Friday, Abbas and his advisers accused the US of taking Israel’s side and refused a demand to stop paying salaries to several hundred prisoners serving time for the most serious crimes. Kushner, who is US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and chief Middle East adviser, met with Abbas in Ramallah on...
  • Report: PA President Abbas Fuming Over Jared Kushner Demand to Stop Paying Terrorists

    06/23/2017 9:16:06 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 85 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/23/2017 | BREITBART JERUSALEM
    The Times of Israel reports: A meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and senior White House official Jared Kushner reportedly left the Palestinian leader fuming and refusing to agree to watered-down demands that Ramallah cut off payments for some convicted terrorists and their families. According to Palestinian sources quoted in Hebrew and Arabic media Friday, Abbas and his advisers accused the US of taking Israel’s side and refused a demand to stop paying salaries to several hundred prisoners serving time for the most serious crimes. Kushner, who is US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and chief Middle East adviser, met...
  • PA officials: Trump showed Abbas videos of PA incitement

    06/01/2017 4:43:49 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 9 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 6-1-17 | Tal Polon
    PA officials confirmed reports in Israel that US President Donald Trump had lambasted PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas during their meeting in Bethlehem over the PA’s involvement in anti-Israel incitement. On Sunday, Channel 2 reported that the meeting between Trump and Abbas in Bethlehem last week had been anything but cordial. The report cited a US official present during the meeting who claimed that the president had expressed outrage with Abbas, yelling at him regarding Abbas’ claims that his Fatah faction was not involved in anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement. “You tricked me in Washington,” the president is said to have yelled...