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Mahmoud Abbas telephoned Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh

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Mahmoud Abbas is reaching out to Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh for the first time since Abbas spoke about new elections. Linked from http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L28663047.htm --- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas telephoned Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas on Thursday in a sign of rapprochement between the two men as the Islamist premier set off on a tour of Arab countries. It was their first phone conversation since Abbas's Dec. 16 appeal for new elections, which Hamas...Read Full Story

Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas get chummy

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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has agreed to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in order to open a "back channel" of talks on the principles of a permanent peace deal, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday.Read Full Story

Specifications of the Egypt arms shipment to Abbas

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News sources are reporting on the quantity of arms delivered to Mahmoud Abbas. 4 trucks containing 2,000 automatic rifles, 20,000 ammunition clips and 2 million cartridges crossed into Israel on Wednesday and were escorted by Israeli military police to a crossing into the Gaza Strip, bound for Abbas' Presidential Guard.Read Full Story

Egypt delivers arms shipment to Mahmoud Abbas

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Breaking news on the arms deal between Abbas and Egypt...  Linked from http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/World/2006/12/29/3059007-sun.html --- With Israel's blessing, Egypt has delivered a large arms shipment to forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, officials said yesterday, in the latest Israeli attempt to boost the embattled leader in his bloody conflict with the militant Islamic Hamas.  Though there has been a one week hiatus in armed clashes, Palestinians fear the heavily...Read Full Story
Mahmoud Abbas (born March 26, 1935), commonly known by the kunya or nom de guerre Abu Mazen, was elected President of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) on January 9, 2005, and took office on January 15, 2005.
 
Abbas is a leading politician in Fatah. He served as the first Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority from March to October 2003 when he resigned citing lack of support from Israel and the United States as well as "internal incitement" against his government.  Before being named Prime Minister, Abbas led the PLO's Negotiations Affairs Department. He has served as Chairman of the PLO Executive Committee since November 11, 2004, after Yasser Arafat's death. With Hamas now in control of the Palestinian Authority, Abbas is frequently portrayed as the face of Palestinian moderation.
 
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