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Palestinian leader condemns attack on 9-year-old Israeli girl

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Monday condemned an attack on a nine-year-old Israeli girl the day before in the West Bank. “We oppose on principle aggression against anyone, and the spilling of blood,” he told a group of Israeli MPs visiting his headquarters in Ramallah. The girl, Noam Glick, was…

Kerry in final push to get Mideast peace bid on track

US Secretary of State John Kerry Friday met with chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat in a final push to get a peace bid back on track before heading home. The meeting comes after the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah rejected Kerry’s proposals for a framework to guide the relaunch of peace…

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad resigns

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad formally presented his resignation to president Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, a Palestinian official said. “Fayyad met Abbas for half an hour in the president’s headquarters in Ramallah in the West Bank and officially handed him his written resignation,” the official told…

Palestinians eye concrete gains during Obama visit

The Palestinians are hoping to see concrete gains from US President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit, while acknowledging it unlikely the trip will bring about a peace breakthrough. Obama himself has played down expectations of pushing forward peace talks on his first visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories as president,…

Palestinian unity deal a mistake: Gaza Hamas leader

Senior Hamas official Mahmud Zahar slammed a Palestinian unity deal as a “mistake” that has thrown the Islamist movement into crisis, in an interview with Egypt’s official MENA agency published on Sunday. Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal signed an agreement with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas earlier this month placing Abbas at…

Abbas willing ‘at any moment’ to restart Israel talks

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas on Monday in Colombia said he was willing “at any moment” to restart peace negotiations with Israel aimed at a settlement that allows them to exist side by side as states. “We are in favor of peaceful negotiations leading to the creation of a Palestinian state,…

El Salvador can help Palestinian peace process: Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas met with Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes on a Latin American tour to rally support in his quest for recognition of statehood at the United Nations. “We understand that President Abbas wants to share with us how they are seeing the process at the United Nations,” said Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez. Abbas, who…

Netanyahu suggests new settlement freeze unlikely

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested in an interview published Tuesday that he would not seek to lure the Palestinians back to peace talks by renewing a freeze on settlement building. “We already gave at the office,” Netanyahu told The Jerusalem Post, referring to a 10-month partial settlement freeze that…

Abbas rules out talks without settlement halt

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — The Palestinians will not hold peace talks without a “complete halt” to Israeli settlement building, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas told cheering crowds on Sunday. “There will be no negotiations without international legitimacy and a complete halt to settlements,” he said in an address to thousands who…

Huge crowds pack West Bank cities to back UN bid

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Huge crowds packed into the main towns and cities of the West Bank on Friday as people turned out to support a Palestinian bid to seek UN membership, AFP correspondents said. The crowds began gathering as Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas handed over a historic request to…

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