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Latest Mahmoud Abbas Items
Blessed are the peacemakers, but don't confuse peacemakers with peace processors.
Thank you for Daniel Mandel's op-ed "A fatal flaw in the Palestinian peace process" (Web, March 27), lamenting that "American pressure on the Palestinian Authority has never been tried."
Israel will not free an expected fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners because of the Palestinians' push for recognition at the United Nations, Israel's chief negotiator said Thursday.
Secretary of State John Kerry's canceling of a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is sign of the Obama administration's growing impatience with its inability to forge a peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians, a senior U.S. aide said.
Every president since Ronald Reagan has refused to release Jonathan Pollard from prison. A CIA director once threatened to resign when Bill Clinton briefly considered freeing the convicted spy as part of Mideast peace talks. But now, in a gamble to extend negotiations that appear on the brink of collapse, the Obama administration is bringing the U.S. closer than it has been in years to granting Pollard an early release.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry's full-court press to revive the Middle East peace process appeared to be floundering on Tuesday with the cancellation of a meeting between the secretary and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who applied to join 15 international agencies in a move strenuously opposed by the U.S. and Israel.
Palestinian recognition of Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state has assumed center stage in recent days.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Jordan Wednesday in hopes of jump-starting foundering Mideast peace talks just as Arab leaders released a communique saying they will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
President Obama pushed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday for a breakthrough in the peace process, saying all sides know what sacrifices need to be made as they hurtle toward a U.S.-imposed April deadline for concrete progress.