Blinken will ask Congress for $75 million aid to Palestinians

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Tuesday that he will ask Congress for $75 million in aid to the Palestinians for 2021, the Jerusalem Post reports. Making his announcement after a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, Blinken added that the US will also reopen its consulate in Jerusalem.

Palestinian Authority president accuses Israel of war crimes

As deadly fighting between Israel and the Gaza terror group Hamas continued for a tenth day on Wednesday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of conducting “state terror” and “war crimes,” the Times of Israel reports. Abbas heads the Palestinian Authority which has partial self- rule in areas of the West Bank, while Islamic Jihadist group Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007.

Abbas pulls out the stops to neutralize rival Mohammed Dahlan

The Palestinian political arena is riotous and raging following the decision of Nasser al-Kidwa, a senior Fatah figure and the nephew of Yasser Arafat, to establish an independent list that will run in the Palestinian parliamentary elections, separate from the official list of the Fatah movement. Al-Kidwa’s list will also support the candidacy of Marwan Barghouti, one of PA leader Mahmoud Abbas’s bitter political opponents, in the presidential elections, purportedly to be held in July 2021.

Abbas announces agreement with Hamas to hold elections

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Saturday that he had reached agreement with the rival Hamas movement to hold presidential and parliamentary elections. Hamas did not immediately comment on Abbas’s announcement.

Palestinians ready to resume negotiations with Israel

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that the Palestinians are prepared to resume talks with Israel and that fresh negotiations should be based on resolutions passed by the United Nations on the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Jerusalem Post reports. Abbas made the announcement during a visit to Ramallah by Spain’s Foreign Minister Arancha González.

Abbas urges Arabs not to normalize ties with Israel

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday called on the Arab countries to abide by the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative and refrain from normalizing their relations with Israel.

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