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Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas at the U.N. in 2018. Credit: a katz/Shutterstock.

Abbas’s snubs work like a charm on Biden

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas may be facing serious challenges to his reign in Ramallah, but he’s having no trouble playing the powers-that-be in Washington. After four years of being called to task by...
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Credit: mccv/Shutterstock.

Antony Blinken called the wrong guy

In a phone call with a Middle East leader last week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Palestinian Arabs are entitled to “freedom, security, prosperity and democracy.” Can’t disagree with a word of...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sept. 3, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Report: PA leader flown to Jordan en route to Germany for medical treatment

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, 85, was slated to fly to Germany for medical treatment on Monday, Palestinian media reported. Abbas has already traveled by helicopter to Amman, Jordan, from where he will depart for...
Palestinian children look at the image of PLO chief Yasser Arafat and terrorist Marwan Barghouti during a demonstration in the southern Gaza Strip calling for the release of prisoners held in Israeli jails on Oct. 6, 2011. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Marwan Barghouti to run against Mahmoud Abbas’s faction on separate ticket

Convicted Palestinian arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences for his involvement in deadly terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians during the Second Intifada, will run his own list of candidates against members...
Former Palestinian Authority security chief Mahmoud Dahlan speaks with Saudi Arabia's Al-Arabiya Network on March 17, 2021. (MEMRI)

Abbas rival Mohammed Dahlan calls PA leader’s 15-year presidency ‘a big fat zero’

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’s political rival Mahmoud Dahlan vowed in a recent interview that Abbas would not be the only candidate in the upcoming Palestinian presidential elections. In an interview that aired on Saudi...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking by phone with U.S. President Joe Biden. Source: Israeli Prime Minister/Twitter.

Four more peace deals on the way, says Netanyahu

Israel is working on four more peace deals with countries in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday. “There are four more peace agreements on the way. And the people come...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas casts his vote at P.A. headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Dec. 3, 2016. Photo by Flash90.

New decrees by Abbas restrict Palestinian civil society

Two presidential decrees recently issued by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas aroused intense criticism in the P.A. The first, issued on March 2, imposes severe restrictions on the activity and finances of Palestinian civil...
A Palestinian casts his vote in the municipal elections in the West Bank town of Al-Bireh on Oct. 20, 2012. Photo by Issam Rimawi/Flash90.

Report: Abbas holding elections to coax Biden, Quartet to broker talks with Israel

The Palestinian Authority decided to hold elections because P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas is laying the groundwork for renewing negotiations with Israel and the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas (left) and P.A. Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh at the swearing-in ceremony of the new government at the P.A.'s headquarters in Ramallah, April 13, 2019. Photo by Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90.

Palestinian premier: ‘If ICC indicts Israel, we can take US firms to court’

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said last week that an indictment of Israel by the International Criminal Court would open the door to U.S. companies and organizations being hauled before the court. It...
A Palestinian health worker in Bethlehem holds a bottle containing a COVID-19 vaccine delivered by Israel, Feb. 3, 2021. Photo by Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90.

PA denies accusations of cronyism in vaccine rollout

The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday denied accusations that its vaccine rollout plan was based on cronyism and lacked transparency. The finger-pointing was raised in a letter sent by the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human...