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  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 8, 2013 | 5:52 am

    Camp Kimama is taking off!

    More than 1500 children and teenagers from all around the world will land this summer in Israel, for an unforgettable international experience named: Camp Kimama. The staff is assembled from young Israelis, Jewish Agency summer camps alumni, who use...

  • Turkey’s prime minister set to visit Gaza

    May 8, 2013 | 10:43 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Political observers in Turkey expect Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to reaffirm his support for Palestinians with a visit this month to Gaza, marking the third anniversary of a deadly Israeli raid on a Turkish aid flotilla...

  • World Bank: Palestinian economy in decline

    March 12, 2013 | 10:29 am

    During President Obama’s visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA)  next week, he will visit the West Bank towns of Ramallah, where he will meet PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, and Bethlehem, to see the Church of the Nativity. A new report by the World Bank says he will see an...

  • EU condemns Israeli settlements, seizure of PA funds

    December 12, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    The European Union (EU) called on Israel to cancel planned construction in West Bank settlements and “avoid any step undermining the financial situation of the Palestinian Authority” (PA).

    The EU made the appeal in a document published Dec. 11 titled “Council Conclusions on the...

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  • Abbas seeks talks if Israel halts West Bank construction

    December 10, 2012 | 9:48 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly said he wanted to negotiate with Israel it if freezes construction for six months in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

    Abbas made the statement on Sunday in Qatar during a meeting of Arab League nations in Doha, The Jerusalem...

  • Peace and protection

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    November 29, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    I have tried to figure out why Rabbi Sharon Brous’ thoughts left me empty when I read them. As Rabbi Daniel Gordis has written, there is nothing objectionable in them. In fact, as I read her e-mail word-for-word many times, I found that I agreed with her completely regarding...

  • Americans for Peace Now backs Palestinian U.N. bid

    November 27, 2012 | 2:12 pm

    Americans for Peace Now called on President Obama to support the Palestinians’ bid to upgrade their status in the United Nations to non-member observer state.

    The stance by the left-wing group issued in a statement Tuesday places it at odds with others in the pro-Israel...

  • Israel-Gaza conflict: Low expectations

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 20, 2012 | 10:40 am

    No one knows for sure why the Gaza hostilities began. 

    We know that there had been weeks of intensifying rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, rockets fired by various Palestinian groups that were tolerated, even encouraged by the governing Hamas. And we know that the Israeli...

  • Israel’s Foreign Ministry: Oslo Accords could be canceled over Palestinians’ U.N. bid

    November 14, 2012 | 11:36 am

    A document being circulated by Israel's Foreign Ministry instructs its envoys to warn their host governments that the Oslo Accords could be canceled over the Palestinian Authority's attempt to upgrade its status at the United Nations.

    The document, which says the possible upgrade...

  • The Palestinian great escape?

    October 8, 2012 | 11:37 am

    Abdullah Ashee, a 45-year old investor, is wanted in the West Bank for alleged fraud. But two years ago, while his case was being considered in a court in the West Bank city of Ramallah, he fled to neighboring Jordan. He says he entered Jordan legally and that he fled his home...

  • Palestinian street begins to sound like Spring

    October 4, 2012 | 9:23 am

    Since the beginning of the Arab Spring almost two years ago, the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been remarkably quiet. There have been no large demonstrations against what Palestinians call the ongoing Israeli occupation; or against President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam...

  • World Bank: Urgent action needed to avoid PA fiscal crisis

    September 21, 2012 | 9:27 am

    The World Bank called on donors to act “urgently” to prevent a “deepening fiscal crisis” in the Palestinian territories.

    Israel also needs to remove barriers to developing the West Bank economy, the World Bank said.

    In a statement about its report published this week on the...

  • PA opposes moment of silence for slain Israelis

    July 26, 2012 | 10:14 am

    The Palestinian Authority opposed a moment of silence at the London Olympics for the 40th anniversary of the Palestinian “Black September” terrorist group’s killing of 11 Israeli team members in Munich, Palestinian Media Watch reported.

    On July 25, the PA’s daily publication...

  • House Middle East subcommittee considers PA corruption

    July 11, 2012 | 5:56 pm

    The House Middle East subcommittee considered reports of Palestinian corruption and how the reports should affect U.S. assistance to the Palestinians.

    Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee who convened the hearing on Tuesday, said...

  • PA minister: Abbas rejected Netanyahu’s offer to release prisoners for peace talks

    July 9, 2012 | 5:42 pm

    A Palestinian minister said on Monday evening that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has rejected an offer by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to release security prisoners in exchange for the renewal of peace talks.

    Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoner Affairs Issa Qaraqe...

  • PA says it’s facing ‘worst financial crisis’

    July 2, 2012 | 12:13 pm

    The Palestinian Authority is facing its “worst financial crisis” yet, according to a PA official, because of a foreign aid shortfall and the rejection of a $100 million loan by the International Monetary Fund.

    Unless the PA finds a way to close its budget gap, PA Labor Minister...

  • Clinton unfreezes Palestinian aid despite congressional objection

    April 17, 2012 | 10:45 am

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton overruled a hold by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) on Palestinian aid, allowing $147 million U.S. funds to flow to the West Bank and Gaza.

    The aid package is expected to move forward even though it is not...

  • PA’s Fayyad is no-show at scheduled meeting with Netanyahu

    April 17, 2012 | 10:34 am

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad refused to attend a scheduled meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Netanyahu met Tuesday in Jerusalem with two PA leaders—chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and security official Majed Faraj—according to reports.

    ...
  • Lawmakers query Obama officials on P.A. funding, statehood push

    March 20, 2012 | 5:34 pm

    Top Obama administration officials faced tough questions from lawmakers on funding for the Palestinian Authority and its efforts to seek statehood recognition.

    During a hearing Tuesday of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), probed the U.S....

  • The Real “Machine Gun Preacher”: Unorthodox Atonement

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 4, 2011 | 7:17 pm

    Sam Childers, the real-life “Machine Gun Preacher” behind the Marc Forster film now in theaters, chewed his signature toothpick in the lobby of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, wearing a Harley Davidson shirt, jeans, black steel-toed boots and a handlebar moustache he’s sported since...

  • U.S. scrambles to keep Palestinian aid flowing

    October 3, 2011 | 5:47 pm

    The Obama administration is lobbying Congress to unblock $200 million in aid for the Palestinian Authority that was frozen due to its bid for U.N. recognition of statehood over U.S. and Israeli objections.

    State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Monday the...

  • Israel wants peace - friend request pending [VIDEO]

    September 20, 2011 | 12:39 pm

  • Obama administration argues for PA aid

    July 14, 2011 | 10:16 am

    The Obama administration argued in Congress for continued funding for the Palestinian Authority.

    “We are helping the PA to improve public services, increase the capacity of their justice sector, put in place critical infrastructure, and meet urgent humanitarian needs,” Jacob Walles,...

  • Israel will transfer collected tax money to PA

    May 16, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Israel will resume the transfer of collected tax funds to the Palestinian Authority, its finance minister said.

    Yuval Steinitz, saying he was satisfied that none of the tax transfers would be given to the government’s new partner Hamas or any other terrorist group, confirmed on...

  • EU covers Israel’s suspended tax money to PA

    May 6, 2011 | 12:10 pm

    The European Union approved an extra $124 million in emergency aid to the Palestinians to supplement tax moneys frozen by Israel.

    “It is important that access to essential public services remains uninterrupted and the right to social services is respected,” Reuters on Friday quoted...

  • U.S. praises PA security progress

    March 22, 2011 | 10:24 am

    The Obama administration lauded the progress of Palestinian security services.

    “The program has witnessed increased coordination of activities amongst international donors, and is achieving notable progress on security, justice, corrections, and other new fronts,” the U.S. State...

  • Israel bans PA prime minister

    November 1, 2010 | 5:24 pm

    Israel bans PA prime minister

    November 1, 2010

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel has banned the Palestinian Authority prime minister from attending an official PA event in eastern Jerusalem.

    Salam Fayyad was scheduled to visit two schools in eastern Jerusalem and attend a reception on...

  • Clinton to P.A.: talk

    April 15, 2010 | 10:13 pm

    Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the Palestinian Authority to join negotiations with Israel.

    “We strongly urge President Abbas and his government to join negotiations with Israel now,” the U.S. Secretary of State said Thursday evening, addressing a Center for Middle East Peace dinner.

    ...
  • Specter Switches Sides!

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    April 28, 2009 | 2:01 pm

    Senator Arlen Specter (PA), has switched parties, announcing that he is now a Democrat.  This rocks the political world.  With Al Franken likely to be seated in June, the Democrats would have 60 seats in the Senate.  Landing right after the 100 day mark in the Obama presidency, it...

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