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  • Palestinians, Egyptians deny reports of Sinai offer for state

    2 weeks ago

    Palestinian and Egyptian officials both denied reports that Egypt offered to the Palestinian Authority part of the Sinai Peninsula for annexation by Gaza to form a Palestinian state.

    According to the media reports that circulated Monday, Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi...

  • End of Gaza war doesn’t translate into peace

    3 weeks ago

    A week after the guns fell silent in the Gaza war, Israel and the Palestinians seem to have little appetite or incentive for a return to U.S.-sponsored peace and statehood talks that collapsed five months ago.

    With conflicts raging in Ukraine, Iraq and Syria – and the future of...

  • Why Hamas is not like ISIS

    By Uri Dromi

    August 21, 2014 | 1:57 pm

    As James Foley is beheaded and rocket attacks resume on Israel:

    For years, Israel has been trying to convince the West that it is the first line of defense against radical Islam, and that if Muslim extremists are not checked in their home territory, they might sooner or later...

  • Palestinians call report of thwarted Hamas plot ‘doubtful’

    August 19, 2014 | 4:43 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Palestinian officials reacting to Israeli media reports of a thwarted Hamas plot to ignite a third Intifada (Palestinian uprising) as cover for a take-over of the West Bank and the overthrow of Palestinian Authority President...

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  • Shin Bet: Hamas West Bank operation aimed to topple P.A., start third intifada

    August 18, 2014 | 11:02 am

    Hamas planned to start a third intifada and seize control of the West Bank from Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority, the Shin Bet security service said.

    On Monday, the Shin Bet said it arrested 93 Hamas operatives in the West Bank in May and June who were planning a...

  • After the fog of war: An early assessment of the Israel-Gaza conflict

    By Michael Berenbaum

    August 13, 2014 | 4:23 pm

    It is far too early to assess the impact of the latest war in Gaza, but still some preliminary thoughts are in order:

    Anti-Semitism panic

    Judging by what I have been reading in the press blogs and emails, it seems as if many Jews are in a panic about the rise in anti-Semitism....

  • Abbas’ political power in Gaza seen as war casualty

    August 6, 2014 | 3:01 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Prior to the outbreak of the 29-day war between Israel and Hamas and despite the failure of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace initiative, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly was a happy camper having...

  • Gaza cease-fire holding on second day, talks under way

    August 6, 2014 | 11:22 am

    A Gaza cease-fire was holding on Wednesday as Egyptian mediators pursued talks with Israeli and Palestinian representatives on an enduring end to a war that has devastated the Islamist Hamas-dominated enclave.

    Egypt's intelligence chief met a Palestinian Authority delegation in...

  • Mahmoud Abbas under fire

    July 17, 2014 | 2:34 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Amid rumors that a cease-fire between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement is close after ten days of Hamas rocket attacks and Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is coming...

  • Gaza conflict sidelines Abbas, but U.S. still betting on Palestinian leader

    July 15, 2014 | 3:39 pm

    Mahmoud Abbas has been sitting on the sidelines of the current conflict between Israel and Hamas, with little influence over its outcome.

    But it hasn’t stopped U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry from consulting closely with the Palestinian Authority president throughout the...

  • Israel debates efficacy of military ground operation

    July 15, 2014 | 10:24 am

    This story originally ran on themedialine.org.

    Standing in a well-furnished bomb-shelter in the southern town of Sderot, former deputy Israeli army chief-of-staff Uzi Dayan says that a large-scale ground invasion of the Gaza Strip is the only way to ensure that Israel completes...

  • France’s Hollande says concerned about Gaza death toll

    July 10, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    French President Francois Hollande expressed concern about deaths in Gaza on Thursday, one day after telling Israel it should take "all the necessary measures" to protect itself from militants' rockets.

    Hollande, who was criticised by left-wingers in France for stating solidarity...

  • Top Abbas adviser says Hamas makes own decisions

    July 10, 2014 | 10:49 am

    This story originally ran on themedialine.org.

    A senior adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has told The Media Line in an exclusive interview that the PA and Fatah have no ability to intervene in the Gaza crisis because the Gaza Strip is ruled exclusively by...

  • Abbas: Israel operation in Gaza is ‘genocide’

    July 9, 2014 | 11:25 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called Israel’s expanded operation in Gaza a “genocide.”

    “It’s genocide — the killing of entire families is genocide by Israel against our Palestinian people,” he told a meeting of the Palestinian leadership at his headquarters in the...

  • With leadership, threats might turn into opportunities in Israel

    By Uri Dromi

    July 9, 2014 | 10:56 am

    The recent cycle of violence in Israel, after a period of relative calm, raises concerns that perhaps we are on the threshold of another intifada, or another Operation Pillar of Defense (a full-scale operation in Gaza), or both. News from Israel on all television channels seems to...

  • Palestinian official says both sides sitting on volcano

    July 7, 2014 | 10:30 am

    This story originally ran on themedialine.org.

    Munib Al-Masri, a Palestinian billionaire who is a close confidant to Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, warns that the tense situation between Israelis and Palestinians after the murders of four teenagers could explode.

    ...
  • Israel boosts forces near Gaza as border heats up

    July 3, 2014 | 8:28 am

    Israel beefed up its forces along its frontier with the Gaza Strip and launched air strikes against militant Hamas targets there on Thursday in response to Palestinian cross-border rocket attacks.

    Israel also faced a second day of violent Palestinian protests in Jerusalem after...

  • Thousands sign ‘No Unity Government with Hamas,’ a Simon Wiesenthal Center petition to Obama

    By Ryan Torok

    July 2, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center has called on the Obama Administration to pressure President Mahmoud Abbas into ending the Palestinian Authority’s unity government with Hamas.

    Yesterday, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit released a petition, “Letter to President Obama – No Unity...

  • Discovery of Palestinian teen’s body spurs rioting in E. Jerusalem

    July 2, 2014 | 9:04 am

    The body of a Palestinian teenager was found in the Jerusalem Forest hours after he was reported kidnapped from an eastern Jerusalem neighborhood.

    Palestinian riots broke out in the neighborhood, Beit Hanina, and other areas of eastern Jerusalem following the announcement of the...

  • Israel mourns teenagers, strikes Hamas in Gaza

    July 1, 2014 | 10:19 am

    Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.

    President Shimon Peres, a usually dovish elder statesman, echoed...

  • Israel finds bodies of three missing teenagers in West Bank

    June 30, 2014 | 1:29 pm

    The bodies of three missing Israeli teenagers were found in the West Bank, and Israel vowed to punish Hamas, the Palestinian group it accuses of abducting and killing them.

    "They were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by beasts," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a...

  • Martin Indyk quits State Department, will continue to consult

    June 27, 2014 | 8:22 am

    Martin Indyk is resigning as the chief U.S. negotiator for Israeli-Palestinian peace, but will continue to consult on the matter, said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

    “I’m grateful for the wisdom and insight he’s brought to our collective efforts,” Kerry said in a statement.

    ...
  • Peres praises Abbas as ‘peace partner’ at Capitol medal ceremony

    June 26, 2014 | 10:18 am

    Accepting the Congressional Gold Medal, Israeli President Shimon Peres lauded Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and called for renewing talks with the Palestinians.

    “President Abbas is clearly a partner for peace,” Peres said Thursday at the U.S. Capitol, where the...

  • Israel reins in military sweep for missing teens

    June 24, 2014 | 9:50 am

    Israel scaled back a search for three missing teenagers in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday after 11 days of operations raised fears of a general uprising and undermined Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

    Israel has accused Abbas's political rivals, the Islamist...

  • Search for abducted teens faces complicated political landscape

    June 17, 2014 | 1:47 pm

    Since the three teenagers were abducted last week, Israel’s goals have been simple: Find them and punish their kidnappers.

    Realizing those goals, though, is far from a simple task.

    The international community has condemned the kidnappings, and Israel has spread its forces...

  • Netanyahu demands assistance from Abbas, who condemns kidnapping

    June 16, 2014 | 10:43 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that he expected his assistance in the return of three teens believed to have been kidnapped.

    Monday’s conversation was the first between the two leaders in more than a year. Abbas later...

  • Rocket fired from Gaza damages road in southern Israel

    June 11, 2014 | 11:01 am

    A rocket fired from Gaza that landed on a major road in southern Israel caused significant damage.

    The Wednesday morning attack is the third incident of rockets fired on southern Israel from Gaza in the past five days. No injuries have been reported.

    Israeli officials have said...

  • Palestinians avoid U.S. aid cutoff, but what happens when Hamas runs in elections?

    June 10, 2014 | 5:27 pm

    Is the new Palestinian government kosher under U.S. law?

    A range of American Middle East policy analysts and current and former U.S. officials say that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas threaded the needle last week and created a government of technocrats untainted by...

  • Pope says Israelis, Palestinians must seek peace ‘undaunted in dialogue’

    June 8, 2014 | 8:02 pm

    Pope Francis told Israeli and Palestinian leaders they "must respond" to their people's yearning for peace "undaunted in dialogue" during an unprecedented prayer meeting among Jews, Christians and Muslims at the Vatican on Sunday.

    The pope made his vibrant appeal to Israeli...

  • Kerry says U.S. to work with, monitor new Palestinian government

    June 4, 2014 | 1:16 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday the United States would work with the new Palestinian unity government "as we need to" but would be monitoring its commitment to continued cooperation with Israel.

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a government of...

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