Party officials say that while Barghouti's prominence cannot be disputed, he cannot be appointed to an operational role while he is in prison.
Leading contender for key post, Marwan Barghouti, is serving life sentence in Israeli jail.
Palestinian intelligence chief returns from Washington with positive messages, sources say; Ramallah is now waiting for the results of Trump's meeting with Netanyahu.
After Israel's passes law permitting the retroactive confiscation of privately-owned Palestinian land in the West Bank, Palestinian leadership refocuses efforts on recognition.
'If a quarter of the Strip is needed, then we occupy a quarter of the Strip. If more, then more,' Lieberman says.
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The Palestinian president warns the Paris peace summit could be two-state solution's last chance.
'Arbess doesn't represent Trump, Kushner, or anyone else in upcoming administration,' adviser Greenblatt says after N.Y. businessman told Palestinian leader that Trump was serious about moving embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Meeting With American-Jewish Businessman Convinced Abbas: Trump Serious About Jerusalem Embassy Move
The Palestinian leader reportedly ramped up efforts against relocating the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after a meeting with Daniel Arbess, who, according to a source who knows him, has friendly ties with Jared Kushner.