Full Name: Abu Mazen
Profession: Palestinian President
Why Famous: Abbas has been the President of the Palestinian National Authority since 2005. The split between rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas meant that Abbas has not been recognized by Hamas as the President since 2009, but he is viewed as such by the international community.
- 1993-09-13 Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Shimon Peres and PLO official Mahmoud Abbas sign the Oslo I peace accord
- 2004-11-11 Yasser Arafat's death through unidentified causes confirmed by Palestine Liberation Organization, Mahmoud Abbas elected PLO chairman minutes later.
- 2009-04-12 President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian National Authority makes a courtesy phone call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, restarting the Palestinian-Israeli dialogue