U.S. President Donald Trump has many competing issues to contend with. The longest government shutdown in U.S. history and a Democratic Party majority in the House of Representatives, has stalled the domestic agenda. In foreign policy, his long-awaited Middle East peace plan has yet to be put on the table.
President Mahmoud Abbas
When a high-ranking leader in the Palestinian Authority made a statement directly contradicting what he declared to the global media just three weeks ago, the question changes from “did he lie?” to “which time was he lying?” Considering the plethora of important Palestinian policies he has commented on, the question takes on enormous importance.
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), an Israeli research institute that monitors Palestinian society, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting that he not permit Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to enter the U.S. for an upcoming United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City due to his funding of terrorism.
Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip shifted into high gear over the last two days as Egyptian intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Abbas Kamel held talks on Wednesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to lock down the deal, though Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refused to meet him on Thursday.