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# mahmoud-abbas - Saturday 22 September, 2018

Ireland to give extra €1 million to help Palestinian refugees

Mahmoud Abbas met President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney today.

# mahmoud-abbas - Sunday 16 September, 2018

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to visit Ireland next weekend

He’ll visit Ireland ahead of his trip to the UN General Assembly in New York.

# mahmoud-abbas - Sunday 10 December, 2017

Arab leaders 'denounce and condemn' Trump's stance on Jerusalem amid violent protests

Ministers are demanding the US reverses its decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

# mahmoud-abbas - Wednesday 31 December, 2014

Israel warns of 'retaliatory steps' as Palestine signs up to International Criminal Court

Benjamin Netanyahu called Israel’s soldiers “the most moral army in the world”.

# mahmoud-abbas - Friday 5 December, 2014

Israel won't let Gerry Adams into Gaza

The Sinn Féin president was denied access by Israeli authorities.

# mahmoud-abbas - Sunday 25 May, 2014

Israeli and Palestinian leaders agree to Pope's attempt to revive peace talks

Pope Francis has invited Mahmoud Abbas Shimon Peres to the Vatican.

# mahmoud-abbas - Sunday 28 April, 2013

Column: The EU must do more to help resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict

The EU has considerable leverage in the region, yet is taking a back-seat to the US – which dithers as relations in the region break-down. It’s time for a change, writes Emer Costello MEP.

# mahmoud-abbas - Friday 4 January, 2013

PHOTOS: Hamas allows huge Fatah rally in Gaza - the first since 2007

Hundreds of thousands of supporters of Fatah attended the mass rally – the first since Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007.

# mahmoud-abbas - Saturday 8 December, 2012

Pics: In fiery speech, Hamas chief says he will cede no land to Israel

Tens of thousands of people attended a rally in the Gaza Strip to mark the 25th anniversary of Hamas and the return from exile of its political leader, Khaled Meshaal.

# mahmoud-abbas - Friday 30 November, 2012

UN vote on Palestine should see 'substantive peace negotiations' - Tánaiste

The general assembly last night voted overwhelmingly to give Palestine non-member observer state status.

# mahmoud-abbas - Friday 24 August, 2012

Swiss lab to analyse Arafat remains for radioactive poisoning

A nine-month investigation by Al Jazeera found elevated levels of polonium on some of Arafat’s belongings. Was he poisoned?

# mahmoud-abbas - Friday 6 July, 2012

Clinton holds 'productive' talks with Palestinian leader

Clinton met with Abbas on the sidelines of a Friends of Syria meeting in Paris. Eamon Gilmore was also in attendance.

# mahmoud-abbas - Tuesday 17 April, 2012

Palestinian PM pulls out planned meeting with Netanyahu

Salam Fayyad was due to hold what would have been the highest-level talks between the sides in two years.

# mahmoud-abbas - Saturday 28 January, 2012

Gilmore calls for end to Israeli blockade of Gaza

The Tánaiste and Foreign Minister is due to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas later today.

# mahmoud-abbas - Friday 27 January, 2012

Eamon Gilmore begins visit to the Middle East

The Tánaiste will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his four day visit.

# mahmoud-abbas - Wednesday 25 January, 2012

Talks break down between Israel and Palestine

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said the talks had ended without any breakthrough.

# mahmoud-abbas - Friday 7 October, 2011

Quartet to meet this weekend in bid to revive Middle East peace talks

The meeting comes amid international pressure to reach a peace deal following Palestine’s request for UN recognition as a state last month.

# mahmoud-abbas - Tuesday 27 September, 2011

Israeli government approves 1,100 new homes in east Jerusalem

The move is sure to heighten tensions, which are already high following a Palestinian move last week to seek United Nations membership.

# mahmoud-abbas - Friday 23 September, 2011

Live: World leaders address the UN General Assembly Palestine This post contains videos

Live: World leaders address the UN General Assembly

Earlier, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas outlined his country’s case for statehood.

Palestinian leader set for historic claim of statehood

Mahmoud Abbas will today formally apply for full recognition for Palestine from the United Nations.

# mahmoud-abbas - Wednesday 21 September, 2011

Obama: Middle East peace will not come through UN resolutions UN

Obama: Middle East peace will not come through UN resolutions

President Barack Obama says it is the Israelis and Palestinians – and not the US – that must agree on the issues that divide them.

Obama to urge Abbas to drop bid for Palestinian statehood Palestine This post contains videos

Obama to urge Abbas to drop bid for Palestinian statehood

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will present a letter to the UN Security Council later, seeking recognition for an independent state.

# mahmoud-abbas - Thursday 14 July, 2011

Palestinians get Arab League boost for UN drive

The Palestinian authorities plan to seek full membership at the United Nations this autumn.

# mahmoud-abbas - Sunday 12 June, 2011

Trouble ahead? Hamas rejects Fatah's nominee for Palestinian prime minister, complicating unity deal

Efforts to reconcile the two previously warring factions from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank have been hit once more by this latest setback.

# mahmoud-abbas - Monday 6 June, 2011

Death toll from Golan border violence rises to 20 as Syrian police stop protesters

Syrian police are today stopping pro-Palestinian protesters from reaching the border a day after Israeli troops opened fire on protesters, reportedly killing 20.

# mahmoud-abbas - Saturday 4 June, 2011

Palestine agrees to Middle East peace talks in France - but will the USA and Israel be there?

Israel has not replied to the French invitation as hopes of a Palestinian state being recognised by the United Nations appear to be floundering.

# mahmoud-abbas - Tuesday 24 May, 2011

Palestinians hope to defy Obama and seek UN recognition for state

The US is likely to veto it, but Palestine may still proceed with ambitious plans to seek full membership of the United Nations.

# mahmoud-abbas - Tuesday 17 May, 2011

Palestinians postpone local elections until October

President Mahmoud Abbas says elections won’t be held in July to allow reconciliation between the Fatah movement and the Hamas group, who are working on forming a unity government.

# mahmoud-abbas - Wednesday 4 May, 2011

Fatah and Hamas proclaim landmark reconciliation pact

The pact aims to end the bitter four-year rift between the rival Palestinian factions – however, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu has said that the agreement is a “tremendous blow for peace”.

# mahmoud-abbas - Tuesday 3 May, 2011

Palestinian factions agree to reconciliation deal

Fifteen Palestinian factions have agreed to a reconciliation deal, which aims to end a four-year rift between the two major Palestinian political movements, Hamas and Fatah. Israel has called the deal a “hard blow to the peace process.”

# mahmoud-abbas - Thursday 28 April, 2011

Israel rejects Palestinian government with Hamas

Israel rejects Palestinian government with Hamas

Israeli leaders have today rejected a unity deal between Hamas and Fatah – insisting they will not enter any negotiations with a Palestinian government that includes the Islamic militant group.

# mahmoud-abbas - Thursday 31 March, 2011

Israel considering plans to build island off the coast of Gaza Strip

The island would cost billions and take years to construct but would protect Israeli security, according to the country’s government.

# mahmoud-abbas - Monday 14 February, 2011

Take 5: Monday

Five things you need to know: No Valentine for Merkel from Enda, McWilliams regrets opening the door to Brian Lenihan (literally), and a dash to hospital for a Grammy reporter.

Palestinian cabinet quits ahead of anticipated reshuffle

Mahmoud Abbas accepts the resignation of Salam Fayyad’s cabinet – possibly prompted by the unrest in the region.

# mahmoud-abbas - Tuesday 14 December, 2010

EU shelves recognition of Palestinian state

EU foreign ministers have said they will recognise Palestine when it is “appropriate”.

# mahmoud-abbas - Wednesday 8 December, 2010

US abandons demand for Israeli settlement freeze

The United States says it will no longer attempt to convince Israel to ban construction in the West Bank.

# mahmoud-abbas - Monday 27 September, 2010

Abbas defers decision on Mid-East peace talks

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will consult with the Arab League over Israel’s decision to resume settlements.

# mahmoud-abbas - Tuesday 14 September, 2010

Israel and Palestine continue peace talks in Egypt

Hillary Clinton says the “time is ripe” for an agreement in the Middle East amid disputes over West Bank settlements.

# mahmoud-abbas - Friday 3 September, 2010

World applauds Israel-Palestine talks – but Hamas promises retaliation

International leaders welcome further Middle Eastern talks, but the militant wing of Hamas vows to continue attacks.

# mahmoud-abbas - Friday 20 August, 2010

DIRECT TALKS between Israel and Palestine are marked to resume next month, on 2 September.

Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, and Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, have agreed to place a one-year deadline on the talks.

Who will be present?

Barack Obama will reportedly be present at the talks, which are reportedly going to be held in Washington.

Envoy to the Middle East, and former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair is also invited to attend.

The Egyptian and Jordanian premiers have been invited to attend the talks.

Hopes for the talks

The Arab League has agreed to endorse the talks provided that particular “measures and conditions” are met. Netanyahu has said that he is happy to attend talks without preconditions.

According to the Guardian, issues that will be discussed during the talks will include:

  • The possible borders of a Palestinian state
  • The division of Jerusalem
  • Israeli demands for a demilitarised Palestine
  • The right of return for refugees

However, there are doubts about how much the talks will achieve.

Daniel Levy, a former Israeli negotiator, told Al Jazeera:

I don’t think there’s any common Israeli and Palestinian ground as yet. There will be deep scepticism pretty much everywhere … I think we’re going to hear something rather vague, something open to more than one interpretation.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya has said that “nothing has been achieved” to warrant direct talks with Israel, and that Palestinians should focus on repairing the relationship between national movements Hamas and Fatah.


Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank could prove to be a sticking point for Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister imposed a 10 month construction freeze in in West Bank last month, however these did not include East Jerusalem.

The Israeli liberal group Peace Now have reported that building on at least 600 housing units have started during the freeze, and at least 492 theses are in direct violation of the law of the freeze.

Netanyahu may find himself under pressure to extend the construction freeze past the 26 September deadline by Obama. However, by doing so he would risk the collapse of his coalition government.

Indirect talk had been considered last March, but Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas pulled out over the issue of settlements.

The last direct talks between Israel and Palestine ended a year and a half ago, after Israel launched a three week strike on the Gaza Strip.