Mahmoud Abbas

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Palestinians in the West Bank city of Nablus watch as  Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas gives his reaction, in a televised speech, to  Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s  capital. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA

A cacophony of angry and despairing voices across the Middle East and the world has warned that Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital(...)

US president Donald Trump delivers a statement on Jerusalem from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has officially recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and said the US embassy would be relocated from Tel Aviv to the(...)

 US President Donald Trump with  Israeli president Binyamin  Netanyahu: Since 1995, when Congress passed a Bill calling for the US embassy to be relocated, US presidents have issued a waiver every six months claiming that the embassy should remain in Tel Aviv because of national security interests. File photograph:  Debbie Hill/EPA

US president Donald Trump is due to deliver a key speech on Israel on Wednesday amid growing signs that the Trump administration is preparing to move (...)

Israeli border police forces patrol near the Western Wall (centre left) and the Dome of the Rock (top) at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on December 5th, 2017. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump told Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday he intends to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a Palestinian (...)

Construction in the Israeli settlement of Brushin in the West Bank, in March  2015. A plan that the Saudi crown prince was said to be foisting on the Palestinians would offer them limited sovereignty and deny them Jerusalem as the capital. Photograph: Tomas Munita/New York Times

In a mysterious trip last month, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, travelled to Saudi Arabia’s capital for consultations with the hard-chargin(...)

Ultra Orthodox Jews look at the city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas warned the Trump administration on Friday that a decision to shift the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would(...)

Children hold Palestinian flags as they celebrate after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal, in the Gaza Strip on October 12th. Photograph:  Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Palestinian groups have vowed to press on with reconciliation efforts, saying Israel’s decision not to hold peace negotiations with a Palestinian gov(...)

Palestinians celebrate after Hamas said it had reached a deal with Palestinian rival Fatah, in Gaza City on Thursday. Photograph:  Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal on Thursday after Hamas agreed to hand over administrative control of Gaza, in(...)

Hamas’s overall leader Ismail Haniya waves as he arrives for a meeting with Palestinian officials in Gaza City. Photograph: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Fatah and Hamas delegations are set to meet in Cairo next week to discuss the implementation of a deal to end the rift between the rival Palestinian m(...)

Palestinian boys stand by a fence as they wait for the arrival of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and his government at Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday. Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters
Gaza: unity, for now

By agreeing to cede control of the Gaza Strip to a unity government led by the Palestinian Authority, Hamas has taken a welcome step towards Palestini(...)

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