Palestinian Presidential Advertisement Calls for an End to Attacks by IDF and Settlers

Born in 1963, Mahmoud al-Habbash was raised in the Nuseirat Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip. During the years, he has served as a Shariah judge and as an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on religious affairs and Islamic relations. Before this, he was the minister of endowments and religious affairs and held roles as social affairs minister and agriculture minister. His doctorate and work as a lecturer at Al-Quds Open University have contributed to his professional image. Al-Habbash had previously been affiliated with the Hamas movement until 1994, when he chose to found the Union Party and join the Fatah movement, solidifying his independent identity. The recent meeting between United States national security adviser Jake Sullivan and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas revolved around ongoing Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and Jerusalem. Abbas has prioritized a campaign to highlight the need for a halt in Israeli aggression, demanding a cessation of attacks by the occupation army and a stop to the actions and crimes of settlers. Al-Habbash advocates for the revitalization of the Palestinian Authority and rejects external forms of pressure. He also discredits opinion polls with destructive agendas. As for the Hamas movement’s attack on Israel on October 7, al-Habbash believes now is the time to stop the aggression before addressing matters internally. He asserts that, irrespective of timing, the Palestinian revolution’s long-standing efforts have led to their current position, and all that occurs is a response.