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Topic - Abbas
After bitter rival Hamas held its own in a fierce battle with Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has no choice but to override U.S. objections and seek U.N. recognition of a state of Palestine next week, his aides said Friday.
After pushing the envelope for the past few years, Palestinian Au- thority (PA) President Mah- moud Abbas finally might have pushed too far. The stalwart backing the PA has received from the U.S. government - which results in upward of $500 million in total annual funding - appears to be waning.
Thousands of Palestinians cheering and waving flags gave President Mahmoud Abbas a hero's welcome in the West Bank on Sunday as he told them triumphantly that a "Palestinian Spring" had been born following his historic speech to the United Nations last week.
News of the Fatah-Hamas unity deal last week shook Israel and the world. Officials are wondering how Palestinian Authority (PA) President MahmoudAbbas, in the midst of arrangements to renew the peace process with Israel, could negotiate a unity government with the terrorist organization Hamas.
The U.S. Embassy said Monday it was "deeply concerned" by Israel's plans to build hundreds of new homes in the West Bank following a deadly attack on a settler family, calling Israeli settlements "illegitimate" and an obstacle to peacemaking.
The Palestinian president said Tuesday he will seek active U.S. mediation in negotiations with Israel that are resuming in Washington this week.
"Who are these people who made us Hazara so grim and sad? Why are they after us?" he asked.
Speaking to reporters in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Mr. Abbas said he was hopeful for progress with Mr. Netanyahu.