Tag Archives: Mahmoud Abbas


Netanyahu Visits Moscow to Discuss Syria With Putin

Netanyahu Visits Moscow to Discuss Syria With Putin

Today’s Top Stories 1. Accompanied by a high-level delegation of IDF staff, PM Netanyahu is in Moscow today to discuss with President Putin, Russia’s increasing military engagement in the Syrian civil war. The Times of Israel reports: According to early assessments, the two leaders will likely discuss three key topics: keeping advanced weapons out of


UN: Gaza Will Be Uninhabitable in 5 Years

Today’s Top Stories 1. AP, AFP, and UPI all picked up on a UN report claiming that Gaza could be “uninhabitable” in five years if current economic trends persist. 2. I don’t know what to make of headlines talking about Mahmoud Abbas stepping down either, but here are a few tea leaves you can sort through:


EU Warns of More Steps Against Settlements

Today’s Top Stories 1. EU envoy warns of more steps against Israeli settlements. 2. The Palestinian National Congress, which represents Palestinians both in the PA and the diaspora, is scheduled to meet for the first time in 20 years. The development further fuels speculation that Mahmoud Abbas is grooming Saeb Erekat as a successor. 3. The


Lebanon on the Brink Over Garbage Protests

Today’s Top Stories 1. Lebanon’s teetering on the brink of chaos. The government’s too paralyzed to respond to a national garbage crisis, and foreign leaders are calling on Prime Minister Tammam Salam not to resign, which he has hinted to do in recent days. What started as a protest against uncollected garbage and a shortage


Egypt Nabs Hamas Commandos In Sinai

Today’s Top Stories 1. Gazans nabbed by gunmen Egyptian intelligence in the Sinai were Hamas naval commandos en route to Iran for training. Avi Issacharoff explains that Hamas has simply pushed Egypt too far. 2. If you’re following the saga of Mahmoud Abbas’s purported resignation, AFP reports that Assad’s tender will only take effect when


Abbas, Iran to Campaign Against Israel’s Nuclear Program

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas will visit Iran sometime in the next two months. Although the visit needs to be seen in the context of frosty Hamas-Tehran ties, the Jerusalem Post reports that one item on the PA-Iran agenda is a campaign against Israel’s nuclear program. Majdalani said on Monday his visit to Iran


Abbas Dissolves Unity Government With Hamas

Today’s Top Stories 1. The PA government resigned and Mahmoud Abbas tasked Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah with forming a new cabinet. Abbas objects to the Hamas-Israel rapprochement, which the Times of Israel elaborates on. Others, like Reuters bureau chief, Luke Baker, note they’ve seen this dance before. 2. Israel’s Justice Ministry is reportedly getting ready to take legal action against BDS


PA to Sever Ties With Israel If Statehood Bid Fails?

Today’s Top Stories 1. A team of Israelis doing maintenance work on the border fence with Gaza came under fire this morning. The IDF returned fire, killing a Hamas commander, according to Israeli media reports. One soldier was seriously injured. 2. Do you get the feeling Mahmoud Abbas is painting himself into a corner with rhetoric


Canadian-Israeli Reportedly Captured By ISIS

Today’s Top Stories 1. Ex-Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was acquitted on charges of murder and corruption. Take your pick of CNN, BBC, or New York Times coverage. The Daily Beast and Max Fisher comment on why the charges were dropped. But the simplest explanation is Calvinball in Cairo.     2. Canadian-Israeli citizen reportedly captured