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Latest Mahmoud Abbas Items
Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas declared there would be no peace agreement with Israel unless Israel first orders all citizens from disputed lands.
Israeli and Palestinian officials voiced skepticism Sunday that they can move toward a peace deal, as the sides inched toward what may be the first round of significant negotiations in five years.
Israeli media doesn't have a favorable impression of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his push toward peace in the Middle East, opening one opinion page posting with this title: "Clueless U.S. mediator."
U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Sunday wrapped up four days of shuttle diplomacy on a positive note, saying that he had narrowed the gaps considerably between Israel and the Palestinians and that the resumption of negotiations could be "within reach."
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who took the office only three weeks ago.
Sen. Rand Paul's call to end U.S. foreign aid, including to Israel, set off a debate not only within Mr. Paul's Republican Party in America, but also among Israelis, for whom decades of U.S. financial backing have become an accepted norm.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Monday pushed for the resumption of the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, saying the status quo is not sustainable and time is running out.
A Hamas spokesman said abducting Israeli soldiers and using them to barter for the release of militant fighters is the heart and soul of the group's operations, and they would not stop, no matter the political pressure.
Israel's president on Sunday urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to overcome differences and resume peace negotiations, saying the sides could not afford "to lose this opportunity."