• Monday, October 5, 2015

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  • Palestinians watch a speech by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the U.N. General Assembly shown on TV in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Abbas declared before world leaders Wednesday that he is no longer bound by agreements signed with Israel, and called on the United Nations to provide international protection for the Palestinian people. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

    Q&A: Abbas warning to Israel blunted by lack of specifics

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — President Mahmoud Abbas seemingly made good on his threat to drop a “bombshell” in Wednesday’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly when he declared that the Palestinians cannot continue to be bound by 20-year-old security and economic agreements with Israel.

  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 at U.N. Headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Abbas says Palestinians no longer bound by pacts with Israel

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told world leaders Wednesday that he is no longer bound by agreements that have defined relations with Israel for the past two decades and are meant to form the basis for a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict.

  • In this Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas makes comments to journalists on the ongoing unrest at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas' hopes of setting up a Palestinian state through negotiations with Israel have been derailed, and a new poll shows that a majority of Palestinians want Abbas to resign and dissolve his self-rule government, the Palestinian Authority. Many no longer believe setting up Palestine alongside Israel is realistic and support political violence. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)

    Abbas out of options, out of synch with angry Palestinians

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to drop a “bombshell” in a speech to the United Nations this week — prompting speculation that he will sever ties with Israel over its settlement expansion and other hard-line policies.