Latest Mahmoud Abbas News

Palestinians say US conference doomed without political plan

May. 20, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian prime minister said Monday that any American peace plan that ignores the Palestinian people's aspirations for an independent state is doomed to fail. Mohammad Shtayyeh's comments immediately cast a cloud over the American-led Mideast peace conference expected to take place...

Trump's election has boosted Israeli settlement construction

May. 14, 2019 8:52 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's government went on a spending binge in its West Bank settlements following the election of President Donald Trump, according to official data obtained by The Associated Press. Both supporters and detractors of the settlement movement have previously referred to a "Trump effect,"...

UN envoy to Mideast warns of war between Israel, Hamas

May. 13, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The U.N. envoy to the Mideast said Monday that the recent ceasefire between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel was the "last chance" to prevent an all-out conflict. A Qatari envoy arrived the same day in the Palestinian enclave with cash to help cement the truce, which halted the...

Palestinians: EU, Russia and UN should counter US peace plan

May. 7, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinian U.N. ambassador said Tuesday that the European Union, Russia and the United Nations should take action to save a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict if the long-awaited U.S. peace plan doesn't lead to two independent nations. Riyad Mansour told a...

Qatar to send money for West Bank, Gaza after Israel truce

May. 7, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar on Tuesday said it is sending $480 million to Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip after a cease-fire deal ended the deadliest fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants since a 2014 war. Qatar's Foreign Ministry said $300 million would support...

Israel steps up strikes as Gaza rocket attacks intensify

May. 5, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza militants fired hundreds of rockets into southern Israel on Sunday, killing at least four Israelis and bringing life to a standstill across the region in the bloodiest fighting since a 2014 war. As Israel pounded Gaza with airstrikes, the Palestinian death toll rose to 23, including...

Today in History

Apr. 27, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, April 27, the 117th day of 2019. There are 248 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 27, 1978, 51 construction workers plunged to their deaths when a scaffold inside a cooling tower at the Pleasants Power Station site in West Virginia fell 168 feet to...

Arab League pledges $100M per month to Palestinian Authority

Apr. 21, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Arab League has pledged $100 million per month to the Palestinian Authority to make up for funds withheld by Israel because of payments made to the families of Palestinian attackers and prisoners. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the Arab League in Cairo on Sunday as part of a...

Palestinian government sworn in, again, after botched oath

Apr. 14, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority government has been sworn in a second time in as many days after the prime minister and his Cabinet failed to recite part of the oath. Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtayeh, a veteran peace negotiator and harsh critic of Gaza's Hamas rulers, and his 22-member...

Palestinian president swears in new government

Apr. 13, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A new government for the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority was sworn in Saturday, led by a veteran peace negotiator and harsh critic of Gaza's Hamas rulers. President Mahmoud Abbas picked Mohammed Ishtayeh as prime minister, a move that deepens the internal Palestinian divide...