Israeli Minister: Abbas ‘Not Relevant’

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is “not relevant” because of the victory of the militant Islamic Hamas in last month’s parliamentary elections, Israel’s acting foreign minister said in an apparent disagreement with the United States. Tzipi Livni spoke Sunday after meeting with U.S. envoy David Welch to discuss how to relate to Abbas, the

Fatah leader who is president of the Palestinian Authority. Last week, Abbas picked Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh to form a new Cabinet. Full Story

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