Haaretz: Abbas apologizes to ‘Jewish People’ for offensive comments, condemning Holocaust and anti-Semitism

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas apologized Friday for comments he made last week which were widely decried as anti-Semitic. “If people were offended by my statement, especially people of the Jewish faith, I apologize to them. I would like to assure everyone that it was not my intention to do so, and to reiterate my full…

Newsweek: Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas says Holocaust was caused by Jews’ “social behavior” and money lending

The leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, delivered a conspiracy theory-laden speech on Monday, claiming that the Holocaust was a result of the “social behavior” of Jews. Speaking at the first session of the Palestinian National Council since 1998 in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Abbas delivered what he called a “history lesson,”…

Jerusalem Post: PA lifts ‘disguise’ on ‘martyr’ payments, defying Taylor Force Act

After three years of disguising its payments to families of martyrs and imprisoned terrorists, the Palestinian Authority has lifted its veil on those payments in a “blatant act of defiance against the US,” a new intelligence center report says. The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center report, obtained by The Jerusalem Post prior to…

JTA: Abbas health scares spark succession talk

A series of recent health scares have raised new concerns about octogenarian Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, reviving anxiety about a potentially chaotic, and even bloody, succession battle. In the latest sign of Abbas’s health troubles, officials and medical sources say a cardiologist has moved into the presidential compound in Ramallah to monitor the longtime…

JTA: Act that would slash funding for Palestinians hitches a ride on spending bill

The Taylor Force Act, which would slash funding to the Palestinians until the Palestinian Authority stops payments to Palestinians killed or arrested during attacks on Israelis, will likely pass this week. Jewish Insider reported Wednesday that the bill would be added in the Senate to a massive omnibus spending bill that must pass by Friday…