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December 14, 2017

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Abbas and Jerusalem

The reaction to President Trump's decision on Jerusalem has varied widely in the Arab world. For example, the Saudi reaction has been moderate. It is well described by Rob Satloff in a report on his …

September 29, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Abbas’s UNGA Speech

Last week Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave a controversial speech to the United Nations General Assembly. Reactions have been strong. The U.S. State Department said "President Abbas’ speech …

September 28, 2011

United States
Abbas Strikes Out

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 66th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, September 23, 2011 (Courtesty REUTERS/Mike Segar). PLO Chairman (and Pale…

Abbas Strikes Out

July 29, 2014

Israel
Salvaging Abbas

This article was originally published here on TimesOfIsrael.com on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Almost from the start of the conflict in the Gaza Strip, the commentariat has been seized with the idea of …

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October 19, 2015

Israel
Abbas, Hamas, and NIMBY

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas was quick to denounce the violence and arson at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus. Moreover, he has instructed Palestinian Authority police to prevent a new intifada. But th…

January 9, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
Abbas Celebrates 14th Anniversary of His Four-Year Term

On January 9, 2005—exactly 14 years ago today—Mahmoud Abbas was elected president of the Palestinian Authority. For a four-year term. Today Abbas begins serving the fifteenth year of his four-year…

September 25, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
A Candid Speech from President Abbas

There have been many attacks on aspects of Palestinian President Abbas’s speech to the UN General Assembly last week, but it had one saving grace: candor. Let’s take just two examples. First, Mr. …

June 24, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
Abbas Spurns Rivlin’s Hand--and Peace

Since leaving the White House in January, 2009, I’ve been telling audiences that Palestinian president and PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas will never, never sign a peace agreement with Israel--no matter wha…

August 25, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Did Mahmoud Abbas Just Resign?

There’s a bit of confusion about the recent "resignation" of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. What actually happened? Abbas wears three hats, as his predecessor and mentor Yasser Arafat did: head o…

March 13, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Abbas and the "Right of Return" Will Defeat John Kerry

When the Kerry negotiations fail to achieve an Israeli-Palestinian peace, many observers in Europe and even some in the United States will attribute the disappointment to Israel and especially to “Is…