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  • PA condemns Israel for killing 2 Palestinian attackers

    1 day ago

    The Palestinian Authority condemned Israel for the killing of two Palestinian attackers in Jerusalem and called on the United Nations to intervene to protect its citizens.

    In a statement published Sunday on the website of the Wafa Palestinian news and information agency, the P.A....

  • Netanyahu and Abbas agree: Blame the UN

    4 days ago

    Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas took plenty of shots at each other.

    But in their dueling dueling speeches to the United Nations General Assembly, the Israeli prime minister and Palestinian Authority president directed much of their fire at the same target: the assembled...

  • A year of danger for Israel

    By Arthur Cohn

    5 days ago

    The beginning of a new year is a good time to assess where Israel stands. Based on my conversations over the past year with experts, journalists and highly placed officials, it is possible to identify several trends of concern:

    1. Iran

    The nuclear deal with Iran, which will...

  • Abbas at UN: Palestinians no longer bound by accords with Israel

    6 days ago

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinians are no longer bound by agreements with Israel, although he did not outline any plans to abrogate them.

    “We declare that as long as Israel refuses to commit to the agreements signed with us, which renders us an...

  • What’s behind Abbas’ dangerous religious war gambit?

    2 weeks ago

    On Wednesday morning I had the privilege of joining Sephardic Minyan at Judaism’s holiest site-the Western Wall on our holiest day, Yom Kippur. Wrapped in my white Kittel and Tallit, the minyan felt like a local call to heaven. Prayers for family, for good health, for friends in...

  • Inspired by Iran deal, EU seeks coalition to revive Mideast peace push

    July 20, 2015 | 11:10 am

    Inspired by Europe's role in a nuclear deal with Iran, the European Union wants to form a broader, U.N.-backed coalition to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Taking up a French proposal, EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday to try to create an...

  • France’s Fabius heads to Mideast to sell peace initiative

    June 19, 2015 | 11:17 am

    France's foreign minister heads to the Middle East this weekend with an initiative aimed at bringing Israel and the Palestinians back to peace talks under an international framework amid growing regional instability.

    U.S.-led efforts to broker peace for a two-state solution...

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

    May 18, 2015 | 2:17 pm

    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...

  • 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...

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