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53 Facts About Mahmoud Abbas
2. Mahmoud Abbas met President Bush in the White House in May 2005 where Bush pledged $50 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority.
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11. Mahmoud Abbas always believed that Palestinians could not overcome Israeli opposition through military means, simply because of the vast differences in military power.
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19. In 2009 Mahmoud Abbas indicated he would not seek a second term, but the PLO voted to extend his PA presidency indefinitely when it and Hamas could not agree on an election date.
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20. Mahmoud Abbas once had surgery in the United States for prostate cancer.
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22. Mahmoud Abbas co-founded Fatah with Arafat in the 1950s while in exile in Qatar, where he was a personnel director in the civil service.
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29. Mahmoud Abbas was forced to confront deep divisions within the Palestinian Authority in 2006 after candidates backed by Hamas, a militant Islamic party, won a majority of seats in legislative elections.
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31. Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinians will not accept a "biased" US as the sole mediator in the peace process.
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35. On 14 June 2007, Mahmoud Abbas dissolved the Hamas-led unity government of Haniyeh, declared a state of emergency, and appointed Salam Fayyad in his place.
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36. On 16 December 2006, Mahmoud Abbas called for new legislative elections, to bring an end to the parliamentary stalemate between Fatah and Hamas in forming a national coalition government.
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37. Mahmoud Abbas warned Hamas on 8 October 2006, that he would call new legislative elections if it did not accept a coalition government.
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38. On 25 May, Mahmoud Abbas gave Hamas a ten-day deadline to accept the 1967 ceasefire lines.
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41. On 8 February 2005, Mahmoud Abbas met with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the Sharm el-Sheikh Summit to end the Second Intifada, and they both reaffirmed their commitment to the Roadmap for peace process.
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45. Mahmoud Abbas came into conflict with Palestinian militant groups, notably the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement and Hamas because his pragmatic policies were opposed to their hard-line approach.
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50. Mahmoud Abbas was born in 15 November 1935 in Safed, in the Galilee region of Mandatory Palestine.
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