Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday congratulated North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on his country’s “Liberation Day,” as tensions remain high between Pyongyang and Washington over the former’s accelerating nuclear program.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas issued a broad decree against expression harmful to “national unity” that authorities have used to target dissenters.
Mahmoud Abbas is alive. The 82-year-old man remains president of the Palestinian National Authority. But at a luncheon discussion in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, his new biographers and everyone else present spoke of him in the past tense.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was honored with a reception Wednesday evening in Washington, D.C., in which he gave brief remarks indicating that he is optimistic about the Trump administration’s ability to lead successful peace talks.
There was only one remarkable moment in the otherwise formulaic remarks to the press Wednesday by President Trump and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas: a claim by Abbas so audacious and dishonest that he may have damaged his credibility with the president:
A delegation of leading Republican senators is urging President Donald Trump to demand that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas end his government’s longtime practice of paying terrorists and their families for attacks committed against Israel, according to a letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon and sent Tuesday to the White House.
Hours before President Donald Trump took the oath of office, the Obama administration directed $221 million to be sent to the Palestinian Authority, undercutting Republican opposition in Congress to the money transfer.