News / Middle East

Abbas Receives Hero's Welcome in West Bank

Palestinians dance and sing prior to the arrival of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the government compound, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, September 25, 2011.
Palestinians dance and sing prior to the arrival of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the government compound, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, September 25, 2011.
TEXT SIZE - +
Robert Berger

The leader of the Palestinians is getting a popularity boost after submitting a bid for statehood at the United Nations. But peacemaking with Israel is in limbo.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas got a hero's welcome in the West Bank, two days after asking the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state. He was greeted by thousands of cheering and flag-waving Palestinians.

Referring to the revolutions in Middle Eastern countries that have been dubbed the "Arab Spring," Mr. Abbas declared that "the Palestinian Spring has begun!"

He said the Palestinians want to attain their rights through peaceful means, and he vowed that despite a long road ahead with many obstacles, they would achieve their goal of an independent state.

Mr. Abbas has been widely praised by his people for pushing ahead with the statehood bid, despite fierce opposition from the United States and Israel, who say Palestinian independence and peace can only be achieved through negotiations.

The Palestinian leader told the crowd that while he supports peace talks, he would not return to the negotiating table until Israel stops all settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

On Saturday, Mr. Abbas rejected an international proposal for renewing peace talks because it did not include two key conditions: a settlement freeze and Israeli recognition of a Palestinian state based on the pre-war 1967 borders.

The Quartet of Middle East mediators - the U.S., European Union, United Nations and Russia - submitted the proposal on Friday, hours after Mr. Abbas requested U.N. membership from the Security Council, despite threats of a U.S. veto. The Quartet called for a resumption of peace talks in a month, and a framework peace agreement on Palestinian statehood by the end of 2012.

Israel has welcomed the proposal for resuming direct talks.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Israel Radio that the proposal is positive because there are no preconditions. Israel says freezing settlements and recognizing a Palestinian state on territory Israel captured in the 1967 war would determine the outcome of negotiations before they begin.

 

Follow our Middle East reports on Twitter
and discuss them on our Facebook page.

You May Like

Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

John the XXIII and John Paul II will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square on April 27 More

Thailand Reacts to Plots Targeting Israelis

Authorities hope arrest of two Lebanese suspects will disrupt plot to attack young Israeli tourists More

Video In Capturing Nature's Majesty, Film Makes Case for Its Survival

'Once Upon a Forest' takes viewers deep into heart of tropical rainforest More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Churchi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
Jerome Socolovsky
April 22, 2014 4:14 PM
On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
Video

Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
Video

Video In Capturing Nature's Majesty, Film Makes Case for Its Survival

French filmmaker Luc Jacquet won worldwide acclaim for his 2005 Academy Award-winning documentary "March of the Penguins". Now Jacquet is back with a new film that takes movie-goers deep into the heart of a tropical rainforest - not only to celebrate its grandeur, but to make the case for its survival. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports.
Video

Video Boston Marathon Bittersweet for Many Runners

Monday's running of the Boston Marathon was bittersweet for many of the 36,000 participants as they finished the run that was interrupted by a double bombing last year. Many gathered along the route paid respect to the four people killed as a result of two bombings near the finish line. VOA's Carolyn Presutti returned to Boston this year to follow two runners, forever changed because of the crimes.
Video

Video Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive

With the U.S.-led war in Iraq ended and American military involvement in Afghanistan winding down, President Barack Obama has sought to pivot the country's foreign policy focus towards Asia. One aspect of that pivot is the negotiation of a free-trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations. But as Obama leaves this week on a trip to four Asian countries he has found it very difficult to complete the trade pact. VOA's Ken Bredemeier has more from Washington.
Video

Video Robotic Mission Kicks Up Lunar Dust

A robotic mission to the moon was deliberately crashed onto the lunar surface late last week, but not before scientists had collected data gathered by the spacecraft which was designed to self-destruct. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports on the preliminary findings of the craft, called LADEE - an acronym for Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer.
Video

Video Boko Haram Claims Responsibility for Bombing in Nigerian Capital

The Nigerian militant group known as Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a bombing in the capital on April 14th that killed 75 people. In the video message, Abubakar Shekau, the man who says he ordered the bombing, says nothing about the mass abduction of more than 100 teenage girls, most of whom are still missing. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Abuja.
Video

Video Ukraine Developments Hang Over Obama Trip to Asia

President Barack Obama's trip to Asia this week comes as concerns over Beijing's territorial ambitions are growing in the region. Those concerns have been compounded by Russia's recent actions in Ukraine and the possibility that Chinese strategists might be looking to Crimea as a model for its territorial disputes with its neighbors. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video Autistic Adults Face Housing, Job Challenges

Many parents of children with disabilities fear for the future of their adult child. It can be difficult to find services to help adults with disabilities - physical, mental or emotional - find work or live on their own. The mother of an autistic boy set up a foundation to advocate for the estimated 1.2 million American adults with autism, a developmental disorder that causes communication difficulties and often social difficulties. VOA's Faiza Elmasry reports.
AppleAndroid