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  • Vatican seeks to quiet uproar over Pope’s ‘angel of peace’ remark

    5 days ago

    Every word counts in the delicate diplomacy of the Middle East, where negotiators have often resorted to creative ambiguity.

    So Pope Francis’ sotto voce greeting to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting at the Vatican on Saturday, in which he referred to...

  • France set to propose new Palestinian state resolution at UN

    April 9, 2015 | 9:58 am

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    The French government has seen a window of opportunity, after recent elections in Israel, to get the United States on board for a renewed effort toward an Israeli-Palestinian settlement, and is preparing a draft United Nations...

  • Qatar lends Palestinians $100 million to pay salaries

    April 8, 2015 | 9:14 am

    The Palestinian Authority said on Wednesday it had received a $100 million loan from Qatar to help pay civil servants salaries and alleviate an economic crisis triggered by a row with Israel over taxes.

    President Mahmoud Abbas, who is visiting the Gulf state, issued a statement...

  • Let’s leave Obama out of our seders

    By David Suissa

    April 1, 2015 | 11:16 am

    Jews have big mouths. Put those big mouths in a society that reveres freedom of speech and it’s a sight to behold. On the whole, it’s a wonderful attribute. We analyze everything, we criticize endlessly, we kvetch, we yell, we do everything but shut up. It’s as if we’re taking...

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  • Palestinian Authority officially joins International Criminal Court

    April 1, 2015 | 9:48 am

    The Palestinian Authority officially became a member of the International Criminal Court.

    A ceremony was held at the Geneva court on Wednesday to mark the P.A.’s ascension.

    P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas signed the requests to join the ICC and other international conventions at...

  • Newly elected Arab Knesset members meet with Abbas in Ramallah

    March 25, 2015 | 9:47 am

    Four members of Israel’s Joint Arab List elected to the Knesset met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.

    Ayman Odeh, the Arab-Israeli party’s leader, headed the delegation that visited  the Muquata, the P.A.’s headquarters in Ramallah, on Tuesday...

  • Erekat: Israel’s election results mean Palestinians will press at ICC

    March 18, 2015 | 9:47 am

    The Palestinians’ chief negotiator said in the aftermath of Israeli election results that the Palestinians will advance their efforts at the International Criminal Court.

    “It is clear that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will form the next government, and for that we say...

  • Mahmoud Abbas likely to choose a successor

    February 10, 2015 | 10:37 am

    This article originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The addition of a vice president to serve as a second-in-command to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the form of Mohammed Dahlan might be in the offing. The Fatah Central Committee, the ruling body of the Fatah...

  • Swedish, Palestinian leaders to meet after row with Israel

    February 10, 2015 | 8:50 am

    President Mahmoud Abbas will meet Sweden's new prime minister on Tuesday to further international support for his cause after the Nordic state infuriated Israel when it became the first major European country to recognize Palestine as a state.

    Social Democrat Prime Minister...

  • Israel again withholds tax revenues from Palestinian Authority

    February 5, 2015 | 10:45 am

    Israel for the second straight has frozen tax revenue that it collects for the Palestinian Authority.

    The decision not to transfer the money, which is used to pay public sector employees, was reported Wednesday by The Jerusalem Post. The freeze is in response to the P.A.’s...

  • Initial ICC probe opened into ‘war crimes’ in Palestinian territories

    January 16, 2015 | 2:28 pm

    Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court will open a preliminary inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, the court said.

    The move, announced by a spokesperson of the court on Friday and reported by Reuters, is the first formal step that could lead...

  • No Americans in Paris: U.S. absence draws criticism at home

    January 12, 2015 | 12:45 pm

    A Republican U.S. senator lambasted the White House on Monday for not sending a top American official to a Paris unity march after deadly Islamic militant attacks in that city, and a New York tabloid headline screamed "You let the world down."

    The image of Israeli Prime Minister...

  • Hollande initially asked Netanyahu not to attend unity march in France

    January 12, 2015 | 8:55 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the site of the deadly Paris kosher supermarket attack less than a day after reports surfaced that the French president asked him not to attend the unity march.

    Netanyahu on Monday met with French Jewish community leaders, calling...

  • Abbas seeks to re-submit statehood bid to U.N. Security Council

    January 5, 2015 | 8:49 am

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday he was discussing with Jordan plans to resubmit to the United Nations Security Council a resolution calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state that failed to win enough votes last week.

    Jordan remains a member of the...

  • Members of Congress warn of repercussions for Palestinian ICC move

    January 2, 2015 | 12:48 pm

    Republican and Democratic lawmakers said there would be repercussions for the Palestinian Authority in the wake of its joining the International Criminal Court.

    “Congress must do everything in its power to block funds to the P.A. and to any U.N. entity that recognizes a...

  • Abbas’ Fatah faction distances itself from from provocative Facebook post

    January 2, 2015 | 12:10 pm

    The political faction of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas distanced itself from an image of skulls adorned with Jewish stars posted on its official Facebook page.

    The image, posted Wednesday on the Fatah Facebook page, also displays a rifle, the Fatah flag and the...

  • Palestinians join war crimes court after U.N. rejection

    December 31, 2014 | 6:39 pm

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed on to 20 international agreements on Wednesday, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), a day after a bid for independence by 2017 failed at the United Nations Security Council.

    The move, which...

  • Punishing Bennett won’t bring peace

    By David Suissa

    December 17, 2014 | 5:20 pm

    People do crazy things when they get desperate and run out of ideas. That’s the first thought that came to mind after I read that a group of pro-Israel academics have decided that the best way to help the comatose Israeli-Palestinian peace process is to stop people like Naftali...

  • Internal Palestinian tensions could threaten Palestinian Authority

    December 4, 2014 | 12:07 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The Palestinian unity government that was meant to put an end to the long-time rivalry between the Islamist Hamas movement, which controls Gaza, and the Fatah movement, in charge in the West Bank, has expired, say Hamas leaders....

  • Jewish-nation bill frays Israel’s delicate social fabric

    November 25, 2014 | 10:12 am

    Israel is poised to pass one of the most divisive laws in its 66-year history, a bill that would declare it the homeland of the Jewish people only – and further alienate its Arab minority.

    Political infighting over the measure is already threatening to tear apart Prime Minister...

  • Letters to the editor: Har Nof attack, Jewish journalism, Obama and more

    November 25, 2014 | 9:05 am

    Revenge Recourse

    No debate: The heinous slaughter in a Jerusalem synagogue was an example of unmitigated evil (“Celebrating the Murder of Jews,” Nov. 21). The subsequent celebrations by some people in Gaza and the West Bank were offensive, sad, disturbing and indicative of...

  • Exchanging charges of incitement, Israelis and Palestinians stand firm

    November 20, 2014 | 11:34 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    In the wake of the most recent spate of violence that is reverberating through Israel and the Palestinian territories, newspapers, television and street corner debates are all focusing on the issue of incitement – albeit perhaps...

  • Israel approves 78 new settler homes in East Jerusalem

    November 19, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    Israel on Wednesday approved the construction of 78 new homes in two settlements in the West Bank, likely to aggravate Palestinian anger at a time when violence has flared, including a deadly attack on a synagogue.

    Jerusalem's municipal planning committee authorised 50 new...

  • Celebrating the murder of Jews

    By David Suissa

    November 18, 2014 | 4:56 pm

    What happens when extremism dominates a whole society?

    When I saw thousands of Palestinian civilians celebrating the cold-blooded murder of four rabbis praying in a synagogue, I had to ask myself: Could I ever imagine thousands of Jews celebrating the murder of four Muslim sheiks...

  • Kalman Levine: Born in Kansas City, transformed in L.A., murdered in Jerusalem

    By Jared Sichel

    November 18, 2014 | 11:18 am

    Rabbi Kalman Levine, born Cary Levine in Kansas City, Mo. on June 30, 1959, was murdered Tuesday morning in a terror attack at Kehillat Bnei Torah synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem. He was in the middle of the daily morning prayer service.

    A man who in many ways...

  • Abbas condemns deadly attack on Jerusalem synagogue

    November 18, 2014 | 12:52 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned an attack by two Palestinian men in a Jerusalem synagogue which killed four people on Tuesday.

    "The presidency condemns the attack on Jewish worshippers in their place of prayer and condemns the killing of civilians no matter who is doing it," his office said in a statement to Reuters.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Abbas of inciting deadly violence in Jerusalem.

  • Israel, Palestinians agree to steps to calm Jerusalem tensions, Kerry says

    November 13, 2014 | 1:59 pm

    Israel and the Palestinians have pledged to take concrete steps to calm tensions around Jerusalem's holiest site, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday after talks in the Jordanian capital.

    Violence has flared in recent weeks over the compound where their biblical...

  • How Palestinian ‘lawfare’ could backfire

    October 15, 2014 | 2:06 pm

    When it comes to a long-term solution for our conflict with the Palestinians, there is no unanimity among Israelis. Many feel that the two-state solution is the only realistic option, while others believe that a Palestinian state would endanger Israel and therefore a regional...

  • The fourth Gaza War: 5 predictions

    By Rob Eshman

    October 14, 2014 | 11:24 am

    Now that the international donor conference on behalf of Gaza has wrapped up in Cairo, it is time to make predictions about the next Gaza War.

    1. First, let’s try to guess when it will begin. The first Gaza War ran from December 2008 to January 2009, lasting three weeks. The...

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