He wouldn't deny the "Jewish right" to Israel but insisted peace requires ceding of East Jerusalem, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said.
Haaretz has reported that Abbas met on Wednesday in Washington with about 30 Jewish leaders from the Anti-Defamation League, America's Pro-Israel Lobby and the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations in a 2-hour roundtable discussion.
After a huge dilemma, the Mid-East indirect peace talk finally have completed successfully during its first phase. After a month long political discussion, the talk has ended at last on a positive note. This talk was between Israel and Palestine.
Return of the diplomat Mr. George Mitchell to this region was confirmed in the first phase of the peace talk. After Mr. Mitchell met the president of Palestine, the chance of possible talk emerged out.
Israelis and Palestinians are trying their best to recover from the dispute and are going to consult with US authorities for a permanent solution for the issues. The former two US presidents had tried to resolve the Middle East matter but unable to reach to a proper solution.
There have been number of direct or indirect talks between these two nations. But they have hardly produced any result. Now US is trying to revive the issue again.
A Palestinian state will be founded by 2011 with or without Israeli negotiations, relying on "international consensus," says the Palestinian prime minister.
Ynetnews reported on Wednesday that Salam Fayyad rejects the Israeli position that a Palestinian state can be founded only through negotiations.
Fayyad said, "We demand the implication of international law to define ourselves. We hear the Israelis, but they are not the only players in this arena."
Swastikas and images of Palestinian flags were spray-painted on the walls of a synagogue and a Jewish home Sunday morning, Police in Tel Aviv has informed.
Ynetnews. com said that the vandalism occurred at the Ajami neighborhood of Jaffa near the Arab-Jewish Center and an elementary school attended by Jews and Arabs.
Ramallah, Jan 3 - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday separately discussed the fate of the stalled Middle East peace process with US and Russian diplomats.
The Palestinian state-run news agency Wafa reported that Abbas held talks at his office in Ramallah first with US Consul General in Jerusalem Daniel Rubinstein, and then with the Russian diplomatic representative to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Sergi Kozlov, Xinhua reported.
Ramallah, Jan 1 : Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel Thursday of trying to sabotage Palestinian achievements - mainly the enforcement of law and order, stability and security in the West Bank - through its military incursions and killing of Palestinians.
In an address in Ramallah to mark the 45th anniversary of the first attack by his Fatah organisation against Israel, on Jan 3, 1965, Abbas said the Palestinian people will not fall into the Israel trap and resort to violence to retaliate against these Israeli actions.
Ramallah, Dec 15 : Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated Tuesday his determination not to seek re-election to the presidency, and said he had other options, which he would announce at a later date.
"I will not run again for the presidency in any upcoming presidential elections," the president told the 129-member Palestine Liberation Organisation Central Council meeting in Ramallah, repeating an announcement originally made Nov 5.
Gaza City - Hamas rejected Monday a Palestinian suggestion to seek UN Security Council support for unilaterally declaring a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Such a declaration would have no meaning and was merely an attempt by the rival Palestinian camp of President Mahmoud Abbas to pretend it had an alternative to faltering peace negotiations, other than armed struggle, said the radical Islamist movement controlling Gaza.
Gaza - The Islamist Hamas movement which controls the Gaza Strip on Saturday accused Israel of fabricating pretexts to pave the way for a fresh military attack on the Gaza Strip.
Israel recently accused Hamas of having test-fired a long-range Iranian-made rocket capable of reaching targets in Israel. He said Hamas militants had fired the rocket from northern Gaza into the Mediterranean Sea.
Jerusalem, Nov. 13 : Presidential and parliamentary polls in the Palestinian territories that were scheduled to be held in January 2010, have been postponed indefintely in view of the objections raised by the Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza.
Electoral officials conceded on Thursday that no elections could take place till the Hamas was brought onboard.
Ramallah - The Palestinian Central Elections Committee announced Thursday that it will be unable to hold elections on the scheduled date of January 24 next year.
CEC Chairman Hana Nasser said the main reasons were the impossibility of holding elections when the Islamist Hamas movement would not allow a poll in the Gaza Strip and Israel would not allow voting in occupied East Jerusalem.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced last month that the elections would be held on January 24. (dpa)
Ramallah - The Hamas movement will sign an Egyptian-mediated Palestinian reconciliation agreement by the end of November, the speaker of the Hamas-dominated Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) said Wednesday.
Aziz Dweik told the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi daily that the movement would sign the deal "after receiving guarantees from Egypt that its observations will be considered."
"By the end of November the Palestinians will hear good news," he said.
Ramallah - Members of Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party staged demonstrations Friday, urging the Palestinian president to run for a second term, while the rival Hamas movement quickly declared his announcement of the previous night that he would not an admission of "failure."
Fatah organized marches after Friday's prayers in Ramallah and a number of other West Bank towns, in which hundreds of supporters participated, calling on the moderate Palestinian president to reverse his decision to seek re-election.
The movement said it was planning larger rallies later in the weekend or next week.
Ramallah - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not seek re-election in January if there is no credible peace process with Israel, a senior Palestinian official said Wednesday.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that if Israel did not stop all construction in West Bank settlements, then there was no chance of resuming peace negotiations. Peace talks were broken off in December as Israel headed into new elections.
Bicske, Hungary - It may seem an unlikely destination for migrants from war-torn or poverty-stricken countries, but many have chosen to make their new beginnings in Hungary.
Daud, a 22-year-old from Somalia, would love to return home some day. For now, he lives at a refugee reception centre in Bicske, Hungary, a small town about 30 kilometres west of Budapest.
"I would like to go back, if there was a new government, if it was stable and safe. I think everyone wants that," Daud told the German Press Agency dpa.
In December 2008, Daud left Somalia for Turkey with three friends. From there, he travelled by bus and on foot for 15 days before being picked up by guards somewhere along the Hungarian border.
Gaza - The Islamic Hamas movement which rules the Gaza Strip said Wednesday it would not allow presidential or parliamentary elections to take place in the salient on January 24, as called for by Ramallah-based President Mahmoud Abbas.
A statement by the Hamas ministry of the interior said the ban was because the election had been called "by figures who do not have the right to declare it" and because the polling would take place without a reconciliation deal between Hamas and Abbas' Fatah movement.
Ramallah - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday defended his decision to hold national elections on January 24 saying it was a constitutional requirement.
Abbas issued a decree on Friday night declaring presidential and legislative elections in January to be held in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.
The mandate of the present legislative council, dominated by the Islamist movement Hamas, which is strongly opposed to holding election in January, ends its four-year term on January 24.
Gaza - Hamas has asked for three days in which to consider signing an Egyptian-mediated reconciliation agreement with the Fatah movement, Salah al-Bardawil, a spokesman for the Islamist organization, said Friday.
Fatah, the party of President Mahmoud Abbas, signed the agreement Wednesday. It seeks to end a more than two-year-old split among the Palestinians.
The 25-page reconciliation pact calls for Palestinian presidential and parliamentary elections to be held on June 28.
Gaza - American actress and UNICEF goodwill ambassador Mia Farrow said Thursday that she was outraged by living conditions in the Gaza Strip, but criticized rockets' attacks on Israel.
"The reality of the Palestinian people's suffering in the Palestinian territories is absent among the American public opinionl, which always express solidarity with the Israelis," she told a news conference.