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Posts Tagged ‘Mahmoud Abbas’

Report: US, Egypt, Asking PA Not to Approach UN Security Council before US Elections

Friday, October 21st, 2016

The US and Egypt, which is a temporary member of the UN Security Council, have recently passed on messages to the Palestinian Authority leadership asking them not to promote any move against Israel until after the Nov. 8 elections in the US, Ha’aretz reported, citing a senior PA source. The source claimed there have been several messages, direct and indirect—through Arab and Western go-betweens, warning that the US would veto any anti-Israel move initiated prior to the elections, including condemnation of the settlement enterprise.

The source noted that, despite their “dissatisfaction” with these requests, the PA leadership will restrain itself and avoid any UNSC move until after the elections. However, as soon as voting in the US is over, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is determined to accelerate his plan to promote an anti-settlements vote at the council, the source said. The same PA official admitted, however that “so far there has been no agreement on the final draft and we are not clear what the American position would be.”

Sources inside Abbas’s office have told Ha’aretz that the chairman’s recent contacts with US officials, including a meeting with Sec. John Kerry, have not created the impression that the Administration is planning to initiate a UNSC move, or even support another member country’s initiative. “We have no illusions or expectations that the Americans would not veto or torpedo a proposal submitted to the UNSC,” a senior Palestinian official said. “We also haven’t heard of an outline being worked on or any proposal to be put forth in the future. All we hear are ideas.”

A month ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he “hoped” President Obama would not seek to establish a Palestinian state at the UN. Asked if Obama had promised him that he would not seek to establish a state of Palestine without Israel’s cooperation before the end of his term in January, Netanyahu told the Jerusalem Post: “If you’re asking if he spoke to me about this, the answer is no. If you’re asking me if I am hoping that he won’t do this, the answer is yes.”


Abbas Pardons PA Officer Sentenced to a Year in Prison for Critical Facebook Post

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas issued a presidential pardon on Wednesday, releasing officer Osama Mansour after a Ramallah military court sentenced him to a year in prison for publishing a Facebook post that was critical of Abbas. Abbas decreed that Mansour be retired from security forces instead of serving time in prison.

A PA military court in Ramallah sentenced Osama Mansour, a PA military liaison officer, to a year in prison and suspended his military rank for criticizing PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on social media for attending the Shimon Peres funeral, Ma’an reported.

Mansour’s son said earlier that his father’s sentence was awaiting final approval from Abbas. Mansour was charged with “disobeying orders” after being detained on Oct. 1 for publishing a post on his Facebook page asking Abbas not to attend the funeral.

Mansour was director of public relations and media at the PA military liaison, the unit that coordinates security with Israel. In his post, he pointed out the irony of Abbas offering his condolences for Peres, “founder of settlement activity,” while condemning Israeli settlements.

“Whether (Peres) was a terrorist or not, whether he invented the policy of breaking bones during the First Intifada or not, whether he was involved in the Jenin refugee camp massacre, the massacre of the al-Yasmin neighborhood in [Shechem], or the massacre of Qana — who is he that you are going to partake in his funeral while the majority of the people you represent oppose him?” the post read.

“There should be no personal or friendly relations with the occupier, as long as they continue with their arrogant policies against our people,” declared the post by a PA official in charge of cooperation with Israel.

In August, NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report showing PA security forces had detained activists, including rap musicians, for criticizing the PA corruption and its security cooperation with Israel.


PA Leader Abbas Returns Home A Few Hours After Cardiac Catheterization

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas was discharged from the Istishari Arab Hospital in Ramallah early Thursday evening, on foot, after undergoing an angiogram (cardiac catheterization) and other heart tests.

The 81-year-old Arab leader was seen in live television footage smiling and waving to reporters before being driven away from the hospital, according to Reuters.

Abbas was hospitalized for “routine tests,” said Saeed Sarahneh, a senior doctor at the hospital who briefed journalists while the PA leader was still in the medical center. “We performed a [cardiac] catheterization. The results look normal,” he added.

Hana Levi Julian

UPDATE: Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas Leaves Hospital, ‘Feels Fine’

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas left the Ramallah medical center early Thursday evening, on foot, after undergoing an angiogram (cardiac catheterization).

The 81-year-old Arab leader was seen in live television footage smiling and waving to reporters before being driven to his home from the hospital, according to Reuters.

‘Thank God everything is fine, I had the surgery, it was easy and I’m leaving now,” Abbas told Palestine TV just before getting into a car to leave the hospital.

A doctor at the medical center told the news agency said the tests administered to Abbas, including the angiogram, all showed “normal results.”

Abbas was hospitalized earlier in the day for “routine tests,” said Saeed Sarahneh, a senior doctor at Istishari Arab Hospital in Ramallah, who briefed journalists while the PA leader was still in the medical center.

“We performed a [cardiac] catheterization. The results look normal,” he added.

Abbas was admitted after he reportedly “collapsed from exhaustion,” according to a source close to his office quoted by the Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency.

The PA leader, now in the 11th year of a four-year term, has been known to have heart problems for some time, although no official acknowledgement about his condition has ever been made by his office.

Abbas was severely criticized by many political opponents for having attended last week’s state funeral in Jerusalem for Israel’s ninth President, Shimon Peres, z’l.

Hana Levi Julian

PA Military Liaison Officer Arrested After Criticizing Abbas for Attending Peres Funeral

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

An Arab military liaison officer in the Palestinian Authority was arrested Saturday morning after criticizing PA leader Mahmoud Abbas on his personal Facebook page. Osama Mansour posted a comment slamming the PA leader for attending the funeral of Israel’s ninth President, Shimon Peres z’l, in Jerusalem on Friday.

In his outraged post, Mansour called Peres the “founder of the settlements” who caused the “continuation of Palestinian suffering” and said his was a funeral that Abbas should not have attended.

“In any case, whether he was or was not a terrorist, or was or was not responsible for the idea of ‘breaking the bones’ of the first intifada, or had or didn’t have a role in the Jenin refugee camp massacre of the Yasmin neighborhood massacre in Nablus, or whether he was or was not connected to the Qana massacre… Who is he that you are going to participate in his funeral while most of your people, who you represent, reject him?

“If you decide to participate in the funeral of the killer of our people on your own, you will have made a mistake. If you have decided based on the advice of others, then they have misled you. [There should be] no personal or friendly connection with the Occupier as long as its operations against our people continue.”

The official WAFA news agency quoted Fayez Abbas, an Arab authority in Israeli affairs, who said the PA leader’s attendance at the funeral “did a great service” for the entity.

A senior official with the Palestinian Authority told Israel Radio on Saturday that Abbas himself had no regrets, and that he believed he had sent a clear message he is a “partner for peace.”

Attending the funeral were leaders from three of the four members of the Quartet of world peacekeepers: the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations, all of whom have maintained a determined interest in restarting negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, leader of fourth member of the Quartet, called Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to convey his condolences.

Hana Levi Julian

BULLETPROOF – What’s the Real Reason World Leaders are Coming to Peres’ Funeral? [audio]

Friday, September 30th, 2016

What’s the real reason why world leaders, and even Mahmood Abbas are attending Peres’ funeral? It may not be why you think. Ari gives his take on the matter.


Israel News Talk Radio

Peres Funeral Closed to Public, Security Tightened, Streets Closed in Central Jerusalem

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

A decision has been made to close the funeral of Israel’s ninth President, Shimon Peres to the public due to the attendance by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and his delegation.

The source of the decision was not revealed to media.

Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh indicated police made several “preventive” arrests on suspicion that several people planned to disrupt the funeral proceedings at Mount Herzl cemetery, Channel 10 reported.

Meanwhile the Israel Security Agency / Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency completed its preparations Thursday for the protection of more than 60 world leaders and other dignitaries who will attend the event.

The intelligence agency was tasked with protecting 20 presidents, 15 foreign ministers, five heads of state and numerous other dignitaries as they arrived in Israel for the Peres funeral, beginning Thursday.

A statement from the agency said its units are providing an intelligence and technological envelope that includes the use of advanced technology.

The operation is unprecedented in Israeli history — it is being led by the VIP Protection Unit — and the coverage is to continue until all of the dignitaries have left the country. The agency is coordinating its movements with its counterparts from around the world.

Street closings and transportation to the Knesset

On Thursday, September 29, all routes leading to the Knesset plaza were closed to traffic: Eliezer Kaplan Street, Yoel Zusman Street and Road #16 which encompasses the Knesset. These routes will remain be closed until after the funeral procession has left for Mt. Herzl Friday morning.

Mt. Herzl area street closings

From 07:00 am Friday, September 30, all routes leading to Mount Herzl will be closed to traffic: Derech Mordechai Ish Shalom, Yehoshua Farbstein Street, Herzl Boulevard from Chords Bridge junction to Holland Square, Shmuel Beyth Street in the direction toward Mt. Herzl, Bayit Vagan Street and HaZikaron Street. Streets from the hotels to Mt. Herzl: Gershon Agron Street, Ramban Street, Hecht, Herzl.

Vehicles parked on these routes will be towed.

The roads will be opened following the conclusion of the funeral and the dispersal of those in attendance.

Important Note for Travelers to and From Jerusalem:

From 7:30 am to 9:00 am, and again from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm on Friday, Highway 1 will be shut down in both directions.

Roads leading to Highway 1 will be closed as well. Also expect heavy traffic on Highways 6, 431, 38, and 443 during those hours.

Hana Levi Julian

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