Some Palestinians believe that Abbas, who is well into the 16th year of his elected 4 year term, is grasping for a reason to cancel the long awaited election based on a split within his ruling Fatah faction.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
The Palestinian Authority is “very likely” to postpone the Palestinian elections in wake of Israel’s failure to respond to the Palestinians’ request to hold the vote in Jerusalem, Nabil Sha’ath, a senior adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Tuesday.
Sha’ath told the Palestinian news website al-Jadeed al-Falastini that if Israel does not reply to the request, “the elections will be postponed.” Continue Reading »
Gulf State journalists mock Abbas following the Palestinian autocrat’s tantrum that severed ties with Israel, ending the ability of Gazans & Palestinians to be treated in Israeli hospitals, but granted exception for fellow kleptocrat, PLO chief Saeb Erekat.
By Baruch Yadid/TPS
Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the PLO and chief Palestinian Authority negotiator, is currently hospitalized in serious condition at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. Erekat had a lung transfer a year ago, and has contracted COVID-19.
There is a great embarrassment in the PA following Erekat’s hospitalization because it is a step that requires civilian and security coordination with Israel and exposes the discrimination of senior PA officials over its residents, who are banned from seeking medical treatment in Israel. Continue Reading »
Abbas tells the Russian President that the Palestinians want renewed negotiations to be based on “international legitimacy” with EU, UN and Russian participation, not just the U.S.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
The Palestinians are prepared to return to the negotiating table with Israel under the auspices of the Quartet, which comprises the US, EU, UN and Russia, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday.
Abbas told Russian President Vladimir Putin during a phone conversation that the Palestinians want the proposed negotiations to be based on “international legitimacy” and with the participation of other countries, according to a statement released by the PA’s official news agency Wafa. Continue Reading »
A senior Palestinian official and outspoken critic of the PA autocrat Mahmoud Abbas, was arrested “in a brutal manner by the Palestinian security forces,” after posting a comment on Facebook questioning the 84-year-old’s mental health.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
A senior Fatah official who called into question the mental health of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has been arrested by the Palestinian security forces.
Hussam Khader, 59, an elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), was arrested by PA security forces at this home in Balata refugee camp in Nablus on Friday.
Khader, an outspoken critic of the PA leadership, was arrested by the PA’s Protective Security Service after he posted a comment on Facebook criticizing the 84-year-old Abbas’s handling of a recent strike by Palestinian physicians who are demanding a salary increase. Continue Reading »
US Secretary of State’s team have been mediating talks between Jerusalem, Amman, Cairo and Riyadh to convene a summit that will include a meeting between Israeli PM Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.
– White House encourages the Palestinians, “last chance… to partake in the diplomatic developments unfolding in the region.”
ByDaniel Siryoti, i24NEWS, Israel Hayom Staff
Senior Arab diplomatic sources on Thursday night said intensive talks were taking place between Washington, Jerusalem, Cairo and Riyadh to convene a summit in the Egyptian capital, which will include a meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. Continue Reading »
WATCH: A new music video posted on the official Facebook page of Palestinian autocrat Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party warns the Palestinians of what will happen to them if they support Trump’s “Peace to Prosperity” plan.
By Ryan Jones
The Trump Administration has lamented that there are almost no voices of support for the “Peace to Prosperity” plan among the Palestinians.
Sure, the proposal leans toward Israeli security concerns and requires Palestinian compliance before any rewards are to be had. But it does contain quite a lot of reward for the Palestinians, including what are, quite frankly, unearned economic incentives.
Screen Shot of PMW translation
But evidence suggests that it’s not so much the content of the plan that has precluded any support among the Palestinians. Continue Reading »
Abbas’ rambling diatribe before the Arab League last week confirmed what most Arab leaders already knew – the 84-year-old autocrat can’t be in office for much longer – and those seeking to replace him are skirmishing for position.
By Daniel Siryoti, Israel Hayom
The relative indifference in the West Bank to the Palestinian factions calls for “days of rage” following the release of the Trump administration’s deal of the century stems from both the Palestinian people and top Ramallah officials understanding that any violent provocation will only undercut their interests, senior Palestinian sources told Israel Hayom on Monday.
The relatively calm routine in the West Bank allows European donors to continue funneling hundreds of millions of dollars into the Palestinian territories, thus allowing the Palestinians there to maintain normalcy despite any tensions with Israel. Continue Reading »
Despite scores of world leaders attending the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem this week, a very few made an effort to meet with the Palestinian autocrat, Mahmoud Abbas, raising concerns as his popularity plummets due to his intransigence regarding the peace process.
By Mohammad Al-Kassim, The Media Line
As dozens of world leaders converged on Israel for the Fifth World Holocaust Forum 2020, some Palestinians expressed frustration that only a few of these leaders would be visiting the Palestinian territories for a one-on-one meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Among those who attended the forum in Jerusalem were U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and the presidents of Russia, Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Continue Reading »
WATCH: Amid ongoing row with rival Hamas, in Ramallah Fatah celebrates their 55th anniversary of its first attack on Israel by firing shots in the air and holding a parade of Palestinian terrorists donning fake suicide vests.
Hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets of Ramallah, the West Bank seat of the Mahmoud Abbas-led Palestinian Authority, to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the first attack on Israel launched by the terrorist Fatah movement.
A dozen masked men brandishing assault rifles spearheaded the march, firing several rounds in the air. Some also donned fake suicide vests, as a nod to the group’s past attacks on Israel. Continue Reading »
The Netherlands stopped its annual $1.6 million payment directly to the Palestinian Authority when $198 million went to pay the families of terrorists killed during their attacks on Israelis and another $160 million to Palestinians being held in Israeli jails on terror charges.
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
The Dutch government has cut funding for the Palestinian Authority over its salaries to terrorists serving time in Israeli jails.
The aid ministry announced the move Wednesday during annual budget talks.
In 2017, the Palestinian Authority paid about $198 million to a fund for the families of terrorists killed during their attacks and about $160 million to Palestinians being held in Israeli jails, according to Israeli Defense Ministry figures. Continue Reading »