Mahmud Abbas is the President of Palestine. A member of the Fatah party, he has been president since 2005.
Abbas has been a member of Fatah, the party founded by Yasser Arafat, since 1961. He was among the first members to call for talks with moderate Israelis. He has a reputation as a pragmatist and enjoys a favorable reputation in the West. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content on Mahmud Abbas.
President Mahmud Abbas has said the Palestinian territories cannot abide by the Oslo agreement because of Israel's reluctance to commit to the deal. Israeli PM Netanyahu has condemned Abbas' speech as "deceitful."