Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday, officials said. It was the highest-level meeting between Abbas and an Israeli minister to be made public since Israel’s new government was formed in June. Gantz, who heads a centrist party, told Abbas that Israel… Read More Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz

Palestinians demand resignation of leader Mahmoud Abbas following extrajudicial killing of activist Nizar Banat by security forces

Hundreds of angry Palestinians marched towards Mahmoud Abbas’s presidential compound in the occupied West Bank on Thursday to demand he resign over the death of a well-known activist following his arrest by Palestinian Authority security forces. Demonstrators held posters of Nizar Banat as they came under tear gas fire by dozens of PA forces in… Read More Palestinians demand resignation of leader Mahmoud Abbas following extrajudicial killing of activist Nizar Banat by security forces

Palestine postpones parliamentary elections

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday postponed planned parliamentary elections amid a dispute over voting in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem and splits in his Fatah party. Abbas, 85, blamed Israel for uncertainty about whether it would allow the legislative elections to proceed in Jerusalem as well as in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. The decision… Read More Palestine postpones parliamentary elections

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas calls for UN-led peace conference early next year

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday called for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to convene an international conference early next year to launch “a genuine peace process” between Israel and the Palestinians. Abbas urged Guterres to work with the Middle East Quartet of mediators – the United States, Russia, the European Union and the U.N.… Read More Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas calls for UN-led peace conference early next year