Obama + company get four more weeks to try for Israeli-Palestinian talks

Arab League Foreign Ministers meeting yesterday [Friday] a day ahead of an Arab summit meeting of heads of state, decided (1) to support Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] in his resistance to continuing “direct” talks with Israel that restarted, sort of, in September, under the auspices of the Obama administration, and (2)...

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Abu Mazen: Focussed + on story

According to a report in the Jerusalem Post today, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) told one of the official Palestinian daily newspapers, Al-Ayyam, that in last weeks resumed “direct talks” with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyanu and company in Washington that ” ‘We clarified that [the Palestinian Auth...

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Ramallah analysts say if Abu Mazen caves in to U.S. pressure on direct talks, he will further undermine his credibility – by Ben Lynfield

From Ben Lynfield in Jerusalem — Left in the lurch by his Arab League brethren, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is under enormous Amercan pressure to unconditionally renew direct peace negotiations with Israel. Analysts and politicians in Ramallah believe he will cave in, thus undermining his credibility for tough concessions that will be...

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What does this mean?

Ma’an News Agency has reported that “President Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] issued a decree on Sunday banning all violations of privacy and personal freedoms, following the results of a Palestinian Authority inquiry into corruption allegations against his former chief of staff. ‘In light of the report handed over by the inquiry commi...

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Biden meets Abu Mazen in Ramallah

American Vice-President Joe Biden was received with red carpet treatment at the Palestinian Presidential Headquarters in the Muqata’a in Ramallah today — by polite and mildly-friendly Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and an irritated and angry, even sullen, Palestinian negotiating team.

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Abu Mazen is back in Ramallah

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is now back in Ramallah after a visit to several Asian countries. President Abbas presided over a government meeting this morning which ratified the new program by the new Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister of Economy, Haasan Abu Libdeh (who was in charge of the Palestine Investment Conference held i...

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Meanwhile, Mitchell visits Abu Mazen in Ramallah

This is technological innovation, which we would wish to encourage — adopted by a new team of media advisers working for the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah — showing (on Youtube!) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) receiving U.S. Special Envoy George Mitchell not very long ago in the Muqata’a presidential headquar...

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