Obama: Abbas Has ‘Consistently Renounced Violence’

Abbas celebrated terrorists as ‘heroes’
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House / AP

President Barack Obama welcomed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House on Monday in a bid to rekindle a fledgling peace process that has all but collapsed under Palestinian rejection and a massive influx of terrorist rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.

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Obama administration rejects urgent appeal from Egypt to deliver Apache attack helicopters
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, meets with Egyptian Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sissi

The Obama administration has turned down an urgent appeal from Egypt’s government for the delivery of U.S. Apache attack helicopters needed for counterterrorism operations in the Sinai Peninsula.

Ukraine on the Brink

Russian forces mass near Ukraine’s eastern border
A Russian Vishnya-class intelligence-gathering ship arrived in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on Saturday. (Twitter)

Russian military forces continued massing within six miles of Ukraine’s eastern border regions as tensions increased over Moscow’s so far bloodless attempt to take control of the country by force under the pretext of protecting ethnic Russians.