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  • EU open to working with Palestinian unity government

    June 3, 2014 | 9:38 am

    The European Union will work with the new Palestinian unity government, on condition it sticks to the principle of peace with Israel based on a two-state solution, it said on Tuesday.

    The U.S. administration has already said it would work with the unity government that...

  • U.S. will work with Fatah-Hamas unity government

    June 2, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    The United States plans to work with the new Palestinian unity government and will continue to disburse aid to the Palestinian Authority, the State Department said.

    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday that the U.S. “will be watching closely to ensure that [the...

  • Israel’s Security Cabinet: No negotiations with government that includes Hamas

    June 2, 2014 | 10:51 am

    Israel’s Security Cabinet unanimously decided not to negotiate with a Palestinian government that includes the terrorist organization Hamas.

    The Security Cabinet met Monday following the swearing-in of the Palestinian unity government.

    “Today, Abu Mazen said yes to terrorism...

  • Abbas swears in Palestinian unity government shunned by Israel

    June 2, 2014 | 8:28 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a Palestinian unity government on Monday under a reconciliation deal with Hamas Islamists that led Israel to freeze U.S.-brokered peace talks with the Western-backed leader.

    Abbas, who heads the mainstream Fatah movement, has...

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  • Pope to host Peres and Abbas in peace prayer at Vatican

    May 29, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will join Pope Francis in a prayer for peace at the Vatican.

    The prayer will take place on June 8, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed Thursday, according to Vatican Radio.

    The...

  • Israelis, Palestinians vie for Latino support during Pope’s visit

    By Simone Wilson

    May 27, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    The first Latin American pope brought a wave of Latino love with him on his trip to the Holy Land last weekend.

    At Pope Francis’ public prayer at Manger Square on May 25 in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, near the site where Jesus is believed to have been born, Spanish was being...

  • UCLA and the anti-Israel students, should we be worried?

    May 23, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    As I sat waiting to testify at Sunny Singh’s hearing before the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) undergraduate student judicial board on May 15, it occurred to me that on college campuses today, students seem to want to hear only from people with whom they agree. And I...

  • Kerry, Abbas to meet in London on Thursday, U.S. says

    May 12, 2014 | 3:59 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet in London on Thursday, the U.S. State Department said, less than a month after a U.S. effort to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal collapsed.

    The focus of the talks is the U.S.-Palestinian...

  • Israel/PA negotiations stalled –– What should be done now?

    By Morton A. Klein

    May 7, 2014 | 11:11 am

    Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority (PA) has now concluded a reconciliation agreement with Hamas, the United States- and European Union-recognized terrorist organization that controls Gaza and calls for the destruction of Israel (Article 15) and the murder of Jews...

  • Peres: Netanyahu blocked Palestinian-Israeli framework agreement in 2011

    May 6, 2014 | 1:59 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2011 refrained from reaching an agreement with the Palestinian Authority on a framework for peace talks.

    “We in fact reached an understanding on nearly all the points,” Peres said of himself and Palestinian...

  • Netanyahu tells Abbas to ‘tear up’ pact with Hamas

    April 28, 2014 | 10:29 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday to "tear up" his pact with Hamas, saying Israel would not take part in Middle East peace talks with a Palestinian government backed by the Islamist group.

    Netanyahu also said...

  • Abbas calls Holocaust the ‘most heinous crime’ against humanity

    April 28, 2014 | 10:27 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the Nazi Holocaust "the most heinous crime" against humanity in modern times, in an apparent bid to build bridges with Israel days after troubled peace talks collapsed.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the overture on...

  • Israel formally suspends talks with Palestinians

    April 24, 2014 | 9:40 am

    Israel formally suspended peace talks with the Palestinian Authority over the P.A.’s national unity accord signed with the Hamas authority in the Gaza Strip.

    “The Cabinet today unanimously decided that Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by Hamas, a...

  • Abbas: Unity with Hamas does not contradict peace talks with Israel

    April 23, 2014 | 10:17 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday a unity pact he reached with the militant group Hamas earlier in the day did not contradict peace talks he is pursuing with Israel.

    Israel called off a session of talks in response to the deal with the Gaza-based Islamist group, which is sworn to its destruction. But Abbas said in a statement that an independent state living peacefully alongside Israel remained his goal.

    Reporting By Noah Browning; Editing by Angus MacSwan

  • Fatah and Hamas sign unity accord, Israel cancels negotiations session

    April 23, 2014 | 10:01 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party and Hamas have signed a unity accord.

    Under the agreement signed Wednesday, the factions are to form a unity government in five weeks, according to reports citing Palestinian officials. Fatah and Hamas representatives met...

  • Abbas: Settlement freeze, agreement on borders to extend peace talks

    April 22, 2014 | 11:36 am

    The Palestinians would extend the current peace negotiations if Israel agrees to a three-month settlement construction freeze during which the sides would agree on the borders of a future Palestinian state.

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Israeli journalists in...

  • First PLO delegation since 2007 war heads to Gaza for Palestinian unity talks

    April 22, 2014 | 11:29 am

    The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) sent a delegation to Gaza on Tuesday to negotiate unity with militant group Hamas for the first time since their 2007 conflict, potentially boosting Fatah leader and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's position.

    Few...

  • Report: Abbas threatens to dismantle Palestinian Authority

    April 21, 2014 | 11:24 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly threatened to dismantle the P.A.

    Citing unnamed Palestinian sources, the Israeli daily Yediot Acharonot wrote Sunday that Abbas was considering the unilateral action, which would leave Israel with full responsibility for...

  • Netanyahu orders halt to cooperation with Palestinian officials

    April 9, 2014 | 2:09 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israeli government officials to halt cooperation with their Palestinian counterparts.

    The action taken Wednesday is seen as reprisal for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ordering his government officials to apply for...

  • Danny Danon’s warning to Bibi

    April 8, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    As the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks deteriorates, several Israeli government ministers are asking whether the Palestinian Authority is interested in an agreement.

    Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon is asking a different question: Is Prime Minister...

  • U.S. presses on with Middle East talks rescue attempt

    April 7, 2014 | 2:33 pm

    U.S. efforts to save Middle East peace talks from collapse showed little sign of progress on Monday amid threats from Israel to retaliate for what it saw as unilateral Palestinian moves towards statehood.

    The U.S.-brokered negotiations plunged into crisis last week after Israel,...

  • Kerry cancels meeting with Abbas in Ramallah

    April 1, 2014 | 11:39 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday called off a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah for last-minute talks on extending peace talks with Israel, a senior State Department official said.

    "We are no longer travelling tomorrow. We are in close touch with the team on the ground," the official said.

    Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; editing by Andrew Roche

  • Kerry interrupts Rome visit to salvage Mideast peace talks

    March 26, 2014 | 9:56 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry broke from a visit to Italy on Wednesday to try to salvage Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, even as Arab leaders declared they would never meet Israel's core demand to be recognized as a Jewish state.

    Kerry flew to Jordan to ask Palestinian Authority...

  • Palestinians support extending negotiations if more prisoners released

    March 24, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    A new poll found that 65 percent of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza would support extending the current American-backed peace talks if Israel releases extra Palestinian prisoners.

    The negotiations are set to end on April 29. Israel is scheduled to release a fourth...

  • Netanyahu lauds deadly West Bank raid to nab terrorist

    March 24, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the security forces that took part in a deadly operation in the West Bank to arrest a Hamas terrorist.

    The suspect and at least two others were killed in the raid in the Jenin refugee camp on Saturday morning.

    “Our policy is to...

  • Hamas rally in Gaza takes aim at Egypt, Israel and Abbas

    March 24, 2014 | 9:30 am

    Tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied in Gaza on Sunday to show support for their Islamist Hamas government, which has long been at loggerheads with Israel but is now shunned by Egypt as well.

    The military-backed government that toppled the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas's...

  • Israel promotes plans for 2,372 settler homes in the West Bank

    March 21, 2014 | 10:39 am

    Israel has promoted building plans for 2,372 homes in eight Israeli settlements in the West Bank in the past month, on land the Palestinians want for a future state, an anti-settlement watchdog has said.

    The plans, the largest of which is for 839 homes in the Ariel settlement...

  • U.N. rights investigator accuses Israel of ‘ethnic cleansing’

    March 21, 2014 | 10:31 am

    A U.N. human rights investigator accused Israel on Friday of "ethnic cleansing" in pushing Palestinians out of East Jerusalem and cast doubt that the Israeli government could accept a Palestinian state in the current climate.

    He spoke against a backdrop of deadlocked peace talks...

  • Israel says it might not carry out Palestinian prisoner release

    March 18, 2014 | 10:40 am

    Israel told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday it might not carry out a final stage of a Palestinian prisoner release unless he commits to prolonging peace talks beyond an April deadline for a deal.

    A senior Palestinian official said there would be "big...

  • Obama urges tough decisions in quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace

    March 17, 2014 | 10:57 am

    President Barack Obama told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday that it will require tough decisions and risks to achieve peace with Israel and said now is the time for leaders on both sides to "embrace this opportunity."

    In White House talks overshadowed by...

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