Abbas apologizes ‘if people were offended’ by his speech blaming Holocaust on the Jews

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the Palestinian National Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah, April 30, 2018. (Flash90)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the Palestinian National Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah, April 30, 2018. (Flash90)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the Palestinian National Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah, April 30, 2018. (Flash90)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas apologized to Jewish people offended by his recent speech in which he blamed the Holocaust on Jews.

“If people were offended by my statement in front of the [Palestinian National Council], especially people of the Jewish faith, I apologize to them,” Abbas said in a statement sent Friday by his office. [Read more…]

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Mahmoud Abbas: Jews caused Holocaust with their ‘social behaviour’

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking at a session of the Palestinian Central Council in Ramallah, in the West Bank, Jan. 14, 2018. (Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking at a session of the Palestinian Central Council in Ramallah, in the West Bank, Jan. 14, 2018. (Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that Jews caused the Holocaust with their “social behaviour,” such as money lending.

Speaking Monday in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Abbas also said that Jews do not have a historical connection to the land. [Read more…]

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Trump’s top Middle East negotiator urges Palestinians back to table

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s top Middle East peace negotiator, said efforts to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace were still underway and urged the Palestinians to return to the table.

Greenblatt delivered his appeals twice this week, once at a key policy conference in Israel and then at a special meeting of a funding committee for the Palestinians. [Read more…]

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Pence arrives in Jerusalem after asking Egypt, Jordan to intercede with the Palestinians

JERUSALEM (JTA) – U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence reportedly asked Egypt and Jordan to reach out to the Palestinian Authority on behalf of the Trump Administration.

Pence met over the weekend with  both Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah, where he reassured both leaders that the United States remains committed to restarting peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians and is committed to a two-state solution if both sides agree. [Read more…]

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Abbas denies Jewish connection to Israel in speech to Palestinian leadership

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking to the media in Berlin, April 19, 2016. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, April 19, 2016. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denied a Jewish connection to Israel in a speech to the Palestinian leadership.

“Israel is a colonial project that has nothing to do with Jews,” Abbas said during a more than two-hour speech in Ramallah, to a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council. The two-day meeting was held to formulate a response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. [Read more…]

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Trump questions whether Palestinians deserve U.S. money

President Donald Trump delivering a speech at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2017. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump delivering a speech at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2017. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech at the Ronald Reagan Building December 18, 2017 in Washington, DC.D

WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to threaten to cut off assistance to the Palestinians, saying they were not interested in making peace with Israel.

Trump’s apparent threat came Tuesday in a tweet, one in a succession in which he upbraided Pakistan for taking American aid and not doing enough to combat terrorism. [Read more…]

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Likud’s top body approves resolution to assert sovereignty over parts of West Bank

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Central Committee of the Likud Party voted unanimously to approve a resolution that calls on party leaders to exercise civilian law over parts of the West Bank.

The vote by more than 1,000 members of the 3,000-member committee was held Sunday evening at Airport City in central Israel. While the vote is non-binding, it is considered important by Likud politicians, who need the support of the powerful committee to be considered for Knesset spots in future elections.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of the Likud Party, did not attend the meeting. [Read more…]

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