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  • Qatar lends Palestinians $100 million to pay salaries

    1 week ago

    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...

  • Abbas rejects Israel’s partial transfer of Palestinian tax revenue

    2 weeks ago

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday Israel had released frozen tax revenue to the Authority but that he had ordered the funds to be returned because money had been deducted to cover debts to Israeli utility companies.

    Israel started withholding around...

  • Palestinian Authority officially joins International Criminal Court

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • Palestinians disappointed with Israeli election results

    March 18, 2015 | 10:33 am

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    Palestinians throughout the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are unhappy about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s dramatic win in the Israeli election results favoring the right, as it seems to set back the chances for a...

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  • Israel Electric cuts Palestinian power again

    February 25, 2015 | 1:50 pm

    Two West Bank cities had their electricity cut for the second time in a week because of unpaid bills.

    The state-owned Israel Electric Corp. cut power for an hour to Nablus and Jenin on Wednesday to protest what it says is $482 million in debt. The company also briefly cut power...

  • New Zealand appoints separate envoys to Israel, P.A.

    February 24, 2015 | 11:29 am

    New Zealand appointed separate envoys to Israel and the Palestinian Authority six months after rejecting a new ambassador because he was responsible for both entities.

    Jim McLay, New Zealand’s representative at the United Nations in New York, was appointed Friday the special...

  • Israel attack victims awarded over $218 million in PLO trial in NY

    February 23, 2015 | 10:20 am

    A U.S. jury on Monday ordered the Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority to pay more than $218 million for providing material support to terrorists, a victory for Americans suing over attacks in the Jerusalem area more than a decade ago.

    The verdict in the...

  • Kerry warns on viability of Palestinian Authority if Israel blocks funds

    February 23, 2015 | 8:46 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday expressed concern about the viability of the Palestinian Authority if it does not soon receive tax revenue which has been withheld by Israel.

    The funds have been held back from the Authority since last month in retaliation for...

  • How Bibi could surprise the world

    By David Suissa

    February 18, 2015 | 10:02 am

    When the eyes of the world are on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu on March 3 as he speaks to the U.S. Congress, he’ll have an opportunity to shock them all – Congressmen, Israeli voters, the foreign press, European leaders, Arab dictators, the United Nations and...

  • Boycott tests depth of Palestinian market

    February 17, 2015 | 11:23 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Responding to Israel's decision to withhold tax and tariff revenue it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, Palestinian officials have initiated a boycott against products manufactured by six leading Israeli...

  • 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...

  • Bombing victims testify at U.S. trial on PLO role in Israel attacks

    February 2, 2015 | 2:16 pm

    Seconds after the blast hit downtown Jerusalem, Jamie Sokolow lay on the ground, her right eye damaged by shrapnel and her face feeling as though someone had set it aflame.

    "I thought, 'I'm 12 years old, I'm from New York, and I’m going to die,'" she testified in Manhattan...

  • Gaps in Israeli and Palestinian health care

    January 12, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    On average, Israelis live ten years longer than Palestinians, and Israel spends ten times as much money as the Palestinian Authority does. In Israel, mortality rates for both mothers and babies are lower, and there are far more...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • P.A. to stop security coordination with Israel over official’s death

    December 11, 2014 | 9:00 am

    The Palestinian Authority said it will cease all security coordination with Israel in response to the death of a senior Palestinian official following a confrontation with Israeli soldiers.

    Jibril Rajoub, a Palestinian political official, said Wednesday afternoon that the P.A....

  • Is Israel responsible for Palestinian minister’s death?

    December 11, 2014 | 8:56 am

    Here’s what we know: Israel Defense Forces soldiers grabbed Palestinian Authority minister Ziad Abu Ein during a scuffle at a West Bank protest and tear-gassed him. He died en route to treatment at a Ramallah hospital.

    Everything else is up for dispute, from what happened at the...

  • 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....

  • State Dept.: Qatar pledges not to fund Hamas

    December 2, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    The Obama administration says it has received assurances from the Arab nation Qatar that its assistance to the Palestinians will not reach Hamas.

    “Qatar has pledged financial support that would be directed to the Palestinian people in Gaza,” Julia Frifield, the assistant...

  • Palestinian Authority must face U.S. trial over terror support

    November 20, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    U.S. victims of bombings and shootings in Jerusalem more than a decade ago have cleared a final hurdle to take the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization to trial in New York for supporting the attacks.

    U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan...

  • 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...

  • Lack of stability in Gaza risks return to war, says U.N.

    November 4, 2014 | 9:52 am

    There is still not an effective or united Palestinian government in place in Gaza and unless stability is achieved rapidly, another conflict will engulf the territory, a senior United Nations official said on Tuesday.

    Robert Turner, director of operations for the United Nations...

  • No plans to change status quo on Temple Mount, Netanyahu says

    October 27, 2014 | 2:13 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there are no plans to make changes in the status quo on the Temple Mount.

    Netanyahu made the statement on Monday during a meeting to discuss the security situation in Jerusalem. His assurances came a day after Jordan warned that its...

  • 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...

  • PLO’s Abbas inadvertently reveals true intentions?

    September 16, 2014 | 2:26 pm

    In a press release advertising an upcoming speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at New York’s Cooper Union, organizers write that Abbas will address, among other things, “Why violent protest is the best method by which Palestinians should seek their rights.”

    ...
  • U.N. says Palestinians, Israelis reach deal on Gaza reconstruction

    September 16, 2014 | 10:05 am

    The United Nations, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a deal to allow reconstruction work to begin in the war-torn Gaza Strip with U.N. monitoring of the use of materials, U.N. Middle East envoy Robert Serry said on Tuesday.

    Serry told the U.N. Security Council...

  • Palestinians, Egyptians deny reports of Sinai offer for state

    September 8, 2014 | 1:10 pm

    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...

  • Where is Obama on Hamas?

    By David Suissa

    September 2, 2014 | 4:42 pm

    I can understand why President Barack Obama would be reluctant to blindly support Israel at times when Israel’s neighbors have major grievances against the Jewish state. It serves no one’s interest for America to appear overly biased toward Israel. Better to appear fair and...

  • What’s in the Gaza peace deal?

    August 26, 2014 | 12:43 pm

    Israel and the Palestinians agreed on Tuesday to an Egyptian-brokered plan to end the fighting in Gaza after 50 days of combat in which more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, 64 Israeli soldiers and five civilians in Israel were killed.

    Following are the broad...

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