Latest Mahmoud Abbas News

What would a new Palestinian government in the West Bank mean for the war in Gaza?

Feb. 26, 2024 21:02 PM EST

The Palestinian Authority's prime minister announced his government's resignation on Monday, seen as the first step in a reform process urged by the United States as part of its latest ambitious plans to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But it will do little to address the...

Palestinian prime minister submits government’s resignation, a move that could open door to reforms

Feb. 26, 2024 12:26 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian prime minister announced the resignation of his government on Monday, paving the way for a shake-up in the Palestinian Authority, which the U.S. hopes will eventually take on a role in postwar Gaza. Many obstacles remain to making a revamped...

Live updates | Israeli strikes kill over 70 in Gaza, and West Bank shooters kill an Israeli

Feb. 22, 2024 23:31 PM EST

Israeli strikes have killed at least 71 people in southern and central Gaza in about 24 hours, the territory's health officials said Thursday. Meanwhile, tensions are rising in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where three gunmen opened fire Thursday morning on a road near a...

Israel's Netanyahu rejects any Palestinian sovereignty in post-war Gaza, rebuffing Biden

Jan. 20, 2024 15:48 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday that he “will not compromise on full Israeli control” over Gaza and that “this is contrary to a Palestinian state,” rejecting U.S. President Joe Biden’s suggestion that creative solutions could bridge wide gaps...

Live updates | Fighting in central Gaza near hospital, as Blinken seeks postwar plan

Jan. 10, 2024 19:52 PM EST

Israeli military operations in Gaza are focused on the southern city of Khan Younis and urban refugee camps in the territory's center. Hundreds of people have been killed in recent days in strikes across the territory, including in areas of the far south where Israel told people to seek refuge. ...

Blinken seeks Palestinian governance reform for postwar Gaza as deadly Israeli strikes continue

Jan. 10, 2024 18:26 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken pressed the Palestinian president Wednesday to reform his government, seeking to rally the region behind postwar plans for Gaza that include concrete steps toward a Palestinian state. The U.S. wants a reformed...

Live updates | Israeli military mistakenly kills 3 hostages. US envoy meets Palestinian president

Dec. 15, 2023 23:37 PM EST

The Israeli military mistakenly killed three Israeli hostages Friday during its ground operation in the Gaza Strip, military officials said. The army’s chief spokesperson, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, said it was not clear if they had escaped their captors or been abandoned, and the army was...

Live updates | Palestinian prime minister says US must seek a 2-state solution. Israel vows to fight

Dec. 14, 2023 23:40 PM EST

The Palestinian prime minister said in an interview Thursday that the Biden administration must now “walk the walk” and take specific steps toward what has been an elusive two-state solution, including by applying pressure on Israel. But in Israel, the defense minister said destroying Hamas...

Israeli defense minister says war on Hamas will last months as US envoy discusses timetable

Dec. 14, 2023 21:48 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's defense minister said it will take months to destroy Hamas, predicting a drawn-out war even as his country and its top ally, the United States, face increasing international isolation and alarm over the devastation from the campaign in Gaza. Yoav...

Palestinian poll shows a rise in Hamas support and close to 90% wanting US-backed Abbas to resign

Dec. 13, 2023 13:46 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A wartime opinion poll among Palestinians published Wednesday shows a rise in support for Hamas, which appears to have ticked up even in the devastated Gaza Strip, and an overwhelming rejection of Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas, with nearly 90% saying he must...