Tag Archive for Salam Fayyad

Palestinians outraged after US Ambassador to the UN blocks envoy to Libya


Is a new era beginning for Israel at the United Nations? –
PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi outraged at ‘unbridled bias against the Palestinian people’ after appointment of former Palestinian PM as UN envoy to Libya gets blocked, saying, ‘It constitutes a blanket license for the exclusion of Palestinians everywhere.’

By Elior Levy


Palestinian activist and Palestinian Liberation Organization Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi denounced the decision by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley to block the appointment of former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to lead the United Nations political mission in Libya. Ashrawi issued a statement on Saturday, following the US’s decision to block Fayyad’s appointment. Continue Reading »

Palestine is being built….and in Israel-dominated Area C


Palestinian construction in Judea & Samaria, especially Israel-dominated Area C, is intended to create territorial continuity, laying down foundations for future Palestinian state.

By Akiva Novick

Six cities, two airports, a high-tech complex, a university and a system of highways to connect all of the above are included in the new Palestinian construction plan aimed at setting facts on the ground and creating a territorial continuity in the West Bank.

Salam Fayyad - Photo EPA

Salam Fayyad – Photo EPA

Dozens of sites in the West Bank are part of the new trend of construction, as the authorities refuse to wait for the revival of peace talks and are laying down the foundations and infrastructures for an independent state. Continue Reading »

Making Hamdallah Palestinian Prime Minister puts $Billions into Abbas’ pockets



As long as Fayyad was prime minister, it was almost impossible for Abbas and Fatah to lay their hands on the hundreds of millions of dollars of international aid. Unlike Fayyad, Hamdallah will serve as the obedient and faithful servant of Abbas, as well as the Fatah and PLO leadership. On the political arena, the appointment will have no impact whatsoever.

By Khaled Abu Toameh



The appointment of Palestinian academic Rami Hamdallah as Palestinian Authority Prime Minister is a big victory for Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah faction.

Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah Photo from YouTube Screenshot

Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah – Photo from YouTube Screenshot


Hamdallah, who had served as president of An-Najah University since 1998, has been chosen by Abbas to replace Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who decided to quit in April following years of tensions and disagreements with the Palestinian Authority president and Fatah. Continue Reading »

Was PM Fayyad coerced into denying criticizing PA in New York Times interview?

Outgoing Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad, who was quoted slamming the PA leadership, says he was misled by the NYT correspondent.

Salam Fayyad has denied criticizing the Palestinian Authority leadership in an interview with the New York Times.

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad

Outgoing Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. – Photo: Daniel Bar-On

In a statement published on Saturday by the Palestinian Wafa news agency, the prime minister’s office said that Fayyad “did not make any statements or conduct any interviews for the New York Times or any other newspaper or agency since his resignation.”

In an article published on Friday titled “Fayyad steps down, not out,” New York Times correspondent and columnist Roger Cohen quotes Fayyad as saying: “Our story is a story of failed leadership, from way early on… It is incredible that the fate of the Palestinian people has been in the hands of leaders so entirely casual, so guided by spur-of-the-moment decisions… we hold ourselves hostage to our own rhetoric.” Continue Reading »

Palestinian PM Fayyad: Palestinian saga is one of failed leadership



Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad criticizes past & present Palestinian leaders and deeply regrets their historical decisions saying, ‘We don’t strategize, we cut deals in a tactical way and we hold ourselves hostage to our own rhetoric’.

By Ynet

In an exceptionally candid interview to the New York Times, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad described the history of the Palestinian people as “a story of failed leadership, from way early on”

סלאם פיאד לצד נשיא הרשות אבו מאזן (צילום: EPA)

Salam Fayyad sitting next to Mahmoud Abbas – Photo: EPA

“It is incredible that the fate of the Palestinian people has been in the hands of leaders so entirely casual, so guided by spur-of-the-moment decisions, without seriousness,” he added. Continue Reading »

Fatah: Now that Fayyad Quit, Go Make Peace with Hamas

A member of the Fatah party says PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas must now form a gov’t with Gaza’s Hamas terror group.

By Elad Benari



Now that Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has resigned, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas must form a government with the Hamas terror group, a high-ranking member of Abbas’s Fatah party said on Monday, according to an AFP report.


Mahmoud Abbas

“The president must hold consultations with Palestinian movements to form a national unity government and set a date for elections,” Azzam al-Ahmed, a leader of the Fatah party, told Voice of Palestine radio.

Fatah, which controls the PA-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria, has been at odds for years with its bitter rival, the Hamas terror group that governs Gaza. Continue Reading »

Will PM Fayyad’s resignation be the beginning of the end for the PA?

It was actually Fayyad successes that eventually led to his downfall. His relative popularity, vision & effective management meant he was a threat to too many people.


The resignation of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Saturday is a dramatic development. Its ramifications won’t just reverberate in the part of the West Bank under Palestinian control, but also affect Israel and the Obama administration’s efforts to renew the peace process, as well as, the European Union’s policy towards the Palestinians.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) with Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in 2010.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, with Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in 2010. – Photo: Reuters


For Israel’s government and defense establishment, the U.S., Continue Reading »

Reuters: Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad tenders resignation

Sources report that Palestinian PM Fayyad offered his resignation to PA President Abbas on Wednesday.

By Reuters

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad offered his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday following a rift between the two men over government policy, two sources told Reuters.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Jan. 6, 2013.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Jan. 6, 2013.- Photo: AP

Abbas was due to return to the West Bank from Jordan on Thursday, and it was not immediately clear whether he would accept the resignation of the U.S.-educated economist.

A spokeswoman at Fayyad’s office declined to comment on the reports, which followed persistent rumors that Abbas wanted to sack Fayyad following internal political wrangling. Continue Reading »

Education Minister Says Study Claiming Palestinian Textbooks Don’t Vilify Jews “biased & unprofessional”

In contrast to the cold Israeli reaction, the office of Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad released a statement saying that he “expresses his satisfaction with a main finding of a study … that confirms that Palestinian textbooks do not contain any form of blatant incitement, which is based on contempt towards the ‘other’.”


By Nathan Jeffay


Controversy quickly engulfed a new study that said Palestinian textbooks do not incite hatred for Jews with Israel blasting the report — with some members of the report’s advisory panel claiming they were blindsided by its release.

Gidon Saar – Levy dudy/Wikimedia

Bar Ilan University Talmud professor Daniel Sperber, a member of the panel, slammed the decision to release the report when Israeli-Palestinian relations are strained and when Israel is in-between governments. Continue Reading »

Palestinian PM pleads with Arab leaders to give PA more cash

PM Fayyad meets with Arab League leaders to find ways to receive the $100 million they promised the Palestinian Authority.


Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad warned Sunday that his government could fail to meet its obligations to its people because of a cash crunch, and urged Arab countries to deliver on promised aid.

Salam Fayyad.

Salam Fayyad. – Photo by AP


Fayyad met with Arab League members to discuss ways to raise the $100 million they pledged earlier to his Palestinian Authority. Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby said seven countries have responded favorably, but he did not name them. Continue Reading »

Palestinian PM angry at Arab ‘donors’


‘Palestine’ PM Fayyad accuses Arab states of failing to uphold their promises of cash support, says his government close to being ‘ completely incapacitated’

Associated Press


The Palestinian self-rule government is close to being “completely incapacitated,” largely because Arab countries haven’t delivered hundreds of millions of dollars in promised aid, the Palestinian prime minister said in an interview Sunday.

Salam Fayyad – Photo: Noam Moskowitz

If allowed to continue, the Palestinian Authority’s unprecedented financial crisis will quickly double the number of Palestinian poor to 50 percent of a population of roughly 4 million, Salam Fayyad told The Associated Press. Continue Reading »

Mahmoud Abbas says: As long as I am in power, there will be no 3rd intifada

In interview with Israel’s Channel 2, PA President, Mahmoud Abbas says although he is a refugee from Safed, he supports a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders & the rest, is Israel.



Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been increasingly addressing Israeli public opinion ahead of the Palestinian United Nations independence bid and the upcoming Israeli elections.

Abbas - AFP - 1.5.12

Mahmoud Abbas addressing the Tunisian parliament on Monday – Photo by AFP

In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2, Abbas said that as long as he remains in power, he will not allow a third, armed intifada — or uprising — to break out. Continue Reading »