Jun 10

Past Event

A Statesman’s Forum with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

Event Materials



  • External Forces On the Peace Process

    Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority: Both Israelis and Palestinians desire peace, but the peace process, he adds, can be greatly influenced by external factors; something both sides need to recognize.

  • An Israeli-Palestinian Peace Treaty

    Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority: There should be an international peace treaty between the Palestinians and Israelis. Such an accord will help maintain the pledge to bring an end to terrorist acts against Israel.

  • Hamas Cannot be Ignored

    Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority: Some members of Hamas want to achieve peace without war. Therefore, the organization can''t be ignored or excluded from the peace process.

  • Re-Booting Middle East Peace Process

    Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority: Palestinians want to cooperate with Israel to find a solution for their differences so that future generations won''t know the strife that''s shaped the region for 62 years.


On June 10, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings hosted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for an address on the current state of the Middle East peace process and U.S.-Palestinian relations. President Abbas' Washington visit also included meetings with President Barack Obama and other administration officials. Presidents Abbas and Obama met at the White House on Wednesday, June 9, focusing on the Israel-Palestinian proximity talks and possible resumption of direct negotiations.

President Abbas has served as chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization since 2004 and as the president of the Palestinian National Authority since January 2005. From March to October 2003, Abbas served as the Palestinian Authority’s first prime minister under President Yassir Arafat. Abbas oversaw the Oslo peace negotiations and signed the Oslo Accords on behalf of the PLO in September 1993. Since then he has played a leadership role in all of the peace negotiations with Israel.

After the program, President Abbas took audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • Introduction and Moderator

  • Featured Speaker

    • President Mahmoud Abbas

      Palestinian Authority


June 10, 2010

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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