Latest Mahmoud Abbas News

US abruptly endorses Israel's Golan sovereignty in big shift

Mar. 21, 2019 11:26 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly declared Thursday the U.S. will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a major shift in American policy that gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a political boost a month before what is expected to be a close election....

Analysis: Pompeo skirts talk of peace plan on Israel trip

Mar. 19, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pays a visit to Israel this week but it's what he's not doing while there that may be the most notable aspect of the trip. Pompeo doesn't plan to talk publicly about the "deal of the century" that President Donald Trump said he would offer to settle the...

Rare protests erupt against Hamas' 12-year rule over Gaza

Mar. 19, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas is facing the biggest demonstrations yet against its 12-year rule of the Gaza Strip, with hundreds of Palestinians taking to the streets in recent days to protest the dire living conditions in the blockaded territory. With little tolerance for dissent, the Islamic...

Firebomb sparks unrest at sensitive Jerusalem holy site

Mar. 12, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police closed the entrances to Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site after Palestinian suspects threw a firebomb at a police station on Tuesday. The rare move drew angry reactions across the Muslim world. Police later announced that the site, which Jews call the Temple Mount and...

Abbas picks ally as new Palestinian premier

Mar. 10, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president on Sunday chose a longtime adviser, Mohammed Ishtayeh as his new prime minister, a step that deepens the rift with the Gaza Strip's ruling Hamas militant group. The official Wafa news agency made the announcement, saying "President Abbas has given...

Foreign leaders lavish Trump with diplomatic gifts

Mar. 6, 2019 2:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreign leaders showered President Donald Trump and his family with more than $140,000 in gifts during their first year in the White House, with China and Saudi Arabia among the most lavish givers. According to the State Department's annual accounting of such gifts, Chinese President Xi...

Palestinian president slams US administration from Baghdad

Mar. 4, 2019 9:05 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Top Iraqi officials have expressed support for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who blasted the Trump administration during a visit to Baghdad. On Monday, Abbas held talks with President Barham Saleh a day after he met with Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi. Both leaders expressed the...

Palestinian leader in Iraq for talks with officials

Mar. 3, 2019 11:25 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is in Iraq for talks with officials in Baghdad on the latest developments in the region. Abbas, who arrived Sunday, is scheduled to meet with Iraqi leaders including Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi and Iraqi President Barham Saleh during his one-day visit....

Palestinian Authority refuses tax revenues from Israel

Feb. 27, 2019 12:48 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday said it rejected its regular monthly tax transfer from Israel to protest an Israeli decision to deduct sums of money the Palestinians pay to the families of people killed, injured or imprisoned for attacks on Israel. Also on Wednesday,...

Palestinian leader will refuse Israeli tax transfers

Feb. 20, 2019 10:41 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday said he will not accept regular monthly tax transfers from Israel if it carries out its decision to deduct amounts the Palestinians pay to the families of prisoners and people killed in fighting with Israel. Abbas accused Israel of...