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Abbas meets UN chief in New York

  President Mahmoud Abbas with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York. (WAFA photo/Usama Falah) NEW YORK, September 20, 2017 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas met on Tuesday with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, on the sideline of the 72nd UN General Assembly meeting in New …

Presidential spokesman says Abbas’s position to be clearer upon meeting Trump

NEW YORK, September 19, 2017 (WAFA) – Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudainah said the position of President Mahmoud Abbas towards the peace process, settlements and the two-state solution would be clearer after his expected meeting with US President Donald Trump. Abu Rudainah said, on the eve of the 72nd session of …

Egypt to open Rafah crossing for stranded Palestinians

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have decided to open the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on Wednesday and Thursday for the return of stranded Palestinian citizens wishing to return to the besieged enclave, said the Embassy of Palestine in Cairo. Jamal Al-Shobaki, Ambassador of the State of Palestine …

Brief study on the support for two-state solution among Israeli Jews and Palestinians

Support for the two state solution rises among Palestinians but declines among Israeli Jews, while support for a comprehensive peace agreement remains unchanged among Palestinians but drops among Israeli Jews. But a package of incentives shows that attitudes are flexible  on both sides, and motivates significant shift in favor of …

Israeli-Palestinian water pact raises hopes, suspicions

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel have reached a tentative water-sharing deal with the help of the United States. Though officials expect a final agreement within weeks, some Palestinians worry the pact will give Israel more leverage over them and say they are already entitled to the water. US …

Kushner to Visit Jerusalem and Ramallah to Push for Peace Deal

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, will travel to the Middle East this week to push for a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians, according to a White House official. Kushner plans to travel to Israel on Wednesday for meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin …

Abbas Will Put Aside Settlement Halt for Peace Talks, Aide Says

U.S. President Donald Trump says he can broker the Mideast peace agreement his predecessors failed to secure, using negotiating skills he developed as a New York real-estate mogul. Since taking office in January he has hosted Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House and last month …

Presidential spokesman says Netanyahu not ready to achieve peace

RAMALLAH, June 6, 2017 (WAFA) – Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said on Tuesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent remark is a message to the US administration and to the international community that Israel is not ready to achieve peace. Abu Rudeineh’s statement came in response to a …

After 50 years of Israeli occupation, ‘now is the time’ to create Palestinian state – UN chief

5 June 2017 – Marking 50 years since the start of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, which resulted in Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territory, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated a call for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. “Now is the time to end the conflict by …

Donald Trump meets with Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem

PNN/Bethlehem/ On Tuesday morning just before 10 o’clock, President of The United States, Donald Trump and his convoy drove through the city of Bethlehem, passing the Israeli separation barrier, and meets for a short meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the presidential palace. The American President met with Abbas …