In a rare interview with Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds, the defense minister says he supports a two-state solution and would lift Israel's blockade if Hamas relinquishes its military stance.
Senior official says Palestinians will present UN Security Council resolution on West Bank settlements following elections, after U.S. vows to veto any move prior to November 8.
The timing of the appointment of Husam Zomlot to the key role may indicate as to Abbas' desire to inject new blood into the Palestinian Authority, ridden by conflict between Fatah's old guard and its interim and younger generations.
Instead of talking borders, security and practical solutions, the two leaders have deliberately moved explosive issues from 3,000 years ago to center stage, threatening any possible compromise
The open criticism of the Palestinian Authority and the succession battle as Abbas ages could accelerate a new round of attacks.
Gaza is busy with the first death penalty imposed on a woman. Over in the West Bank, the people increasingly believe the PA is a permanent institution despite all the predictions otherwise.
Officials say the 81-year-old Palestinian president underwent a cardiac catheterization for the removal of heart or vein blockages. Abbas underwent similar procedures in 2008 and 2005.
Israel, Arab states, Fatah and Hamas all had reasons to put the democratic process on ice, says a Fatah official. But according to a new poll, West Bankers mostly blame the PA, while the Gazans blame Hamas.
Palestinian president's bureau and Israeli Arab party that boycotted funeral were in touch, but disagreed over attendance; Palestinian official suspended after criticizing Abbas for visit.
World leaders reflect on Shimon Peres' decades-long political career dominated by Israeli-Palestinian conflict.