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Abbas reiterates Palestinian disappointment over Quartet report

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated on Wednesday the Palestinian leadership’s disappointment regarding a report recently released by the Middle East Quartet, official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.While visiting the grave of later Palestinian President Yasser Arafat on the occasion of the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks …

Is Abbas using Big Brother policy to threaten opponents?

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas took two decisions that caught his opponents by surprise. On April 3, he issued a presidential decree, announcing the formation of a constitutional court, which some see as a prelude to prevent Hamas from taking over the presidential seat in case …

Palestinian president discharges Nablus governor

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday discharged Nablus governor Akram Rajoub, in what he said was likely due to internal political disputes in the Fatah party.The former governor told Ma’an that he received a phone call from Abbas’ office notifying him of his dismissal. Rajoub initially said …

Netanyahu: Israeli army to continue incursions in Area A

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — In spite of recent talks with Palestinian officials, Israeli armed forces will continue to intervene in parts of the occupied West Bank under full Palestinian Authority (PA) control, high-ranking Israeli officials said on Wednesday.During a meeting of the Israeli security cabinet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister …

Palestinian President Abbas: ‘The World Must Not Forget Us’

  On Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet with Angela Merkel in Berlin, where he will ask for support in pushing the peace process forward. In an interview, he says the issue has been on the back burner for far too long. With war waging in Syria …

PA Incurs $285 Million in Annual Fiscal Losses

JERUSALEM, April 18, 2015 (WAFA) – A new World Bank report estimated that the Palestinian Authority is losing $285 million in revenues annually under the current economic arrangements with the Government of Israel, adding that these revenues can significantly ease the Authority’s fiscal stress. “If revenue losses are mitigated, this …

With new decree, Palestinian leader tightens grip

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has quietly established a constitutional court that analysts say concentrates more power in his hands and may allow him to sideline the Islamist group Hamas in the event of a succession struggle. The nine-member body, which will have supremacy over all lower courts, was created without …

Hamas: PA detains Palestinians on Israel’s behalf in revolving door policy

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Hamas movement on Saturday charged the Palestinian Authority of adopting a “revolving door policy” that funnels Palestinians from PA jails into Israeli prisons as part of “escalating security collaboration” with the Israeli authorities.A statement released by the Gaza-based movement said Hamas spokesman Husam Badran slammed the …

Abbas: Security Coordination With Israel Preventing ‘A Bloody Intifada’

In an interview with Israeli journalist, the Palestinian president says PA on brink of collapse, urging Netanyahu to give him a chance to assume control of Palestinian cities. The Palestinian Authority is “on the brinks of collapse” if the current situation continues, PA President Mahmoud Abbas warned in an interview, …

Palestinian teachers to suspend strike for a week after Abbas speech

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian teachers announced in a statement on Saturday that they were suspending their strike and would resume classes for a week “out of respect for (Palestinian) President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision.”Earlier on Saturday, Abbas announced in a speech that he would carry out a previous agreement signed between …