Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, the International Monetary Fund economist who sought to create a stable foundation for statehood, today submitted his resignation, which was accepted by President Mahmoud Abbas.
The resignation of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, whose commitment to transparency reassured donor nations, may make it tougher for the Palestinian Authority to raise the foreign aid it needs to survive.
Palestinian leaders are counting on President Barack Obama’s visit this month to bolster peace prospects with Israel and help stem the frustration that has led to renewed violence, chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said.
President Barack Obama arrived in the West Bank today to see firsthand if Palestinian leaders still angry over his rejection of their United Nations statehood bid can be persuaded to renew peace talks with Israel.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, saying differences between Palestinians and Israelis can be overcome, declined to set deadlines or offer details on what he called a “quiet strategy” for resuscitating peace talks.
A Mideast peace agreement leading to an independent Palestinian state can’t be achieved without both sides giving ground, President Barack Obama said today as he urged new ways of approaching the conflict.
Israel prevented the foreign ministers of Algeria, Cuba, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Indonesia from reaching the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the West Bank, leading to the cancellation of a diplomatic meeting, officials said.