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Two topics at J Street conference: Mahmoud Abbas says he's ready to 'remove obstacles' to relations with USc


April 30, 2021

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas, left, and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert hold a briefing in New York on then-President Donald Trump's Middle East plan, Feb. 11, 2020. Both appeared virtually at J Street's annual conference held April 18-19, 2021.

(JTA) - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he was ready to "remove obstacles" to renewing U.S.-Israel ties, apparently signaling a willingness to stop the payments to the families of Palestinians who have killed Israelis that have proven to be a stumbling block.

Speaking Sunday to J Street's annual conference, Abbas also urged the participants of the liberal Middle East policy group's forum to lobby Congress "to repeal all laws that block the road toward enhancing Palestinian-U.S. relations." The current law designates the Palestine Liberation Organization as a terrorist gro...

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