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  • OSCE denies observer status to Palestinian Authority

    July 10, 2012 | 2:40 pm

    The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe denied observer status to the Palestinian Authority.

    In a 28-21 vote, the OSCE voted last month against granting the observer status, according to Israeli media reports. But the Palestinian Authority denied making a request for...

  • Israeli panel backs legalizing settler outposts

    July 9, 2012 | 7:57 am

    A government-appointed committee on Monday proposed granting official status to dozens of unauthorized settler outposts in the West Bank, challenging the world view that Israeli settlement there is illegal.

    The non-binding legal opinion, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had...

  • Clinton meets with Abbas

    July 6, 2012 | 11:03 am

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called her talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas productive.

    Clinton, who met with Abbas Friday, said she hopes to build momentum for another peace push when she visits Israel in 10 days, the Associated Press reported.

    ...
  • 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...

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  • Can Mofaz influence Netanyahu?

    June 25, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    With his recent return to the top ranks of Israel’s government, Shaul Mofaz is receiving plenty of attention in high places for emphasizing renewed talk of peace with the Palestinians. It’s yet another high point in a relatively short political career — after 35 years of...

  • Abbas: 2-state solution may not be on table for long

    June 5, 2012 | 3:36 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Israel to withdraw from all lands it occupied in 1967, warning that the two-state solution may not be on the table for much longer.

    “I would like to address our Israeli neighbors and say we are seekers of peace and freedom and...

  • Israel to transfer Palestinian terrorists’ bodies to PA

    May 23, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Israel will transfer the bodies of 130 Palestinian terrorists to the Palestinian Authority.

    The expected transfer in the coming days is a good-will gesture to PA President Mahmoud Abbas and was approved by the Israeli government several weeks ago, according to Ynet. The decision came after a meeting of Israeli negotiators and Abbas over restarting stalled peace talks.

    The transfer is expected to occur before the weekend.

  • Abbas swears in new Palestinian Authority Cabinet

    May 17, 2012 | 11:05 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a new Cabinet, in a move that could spell the end of a Fatah-Hamas unity government

    The new Palestinian government in Ramallah is the second reshuffle of Cabinet positions since it was formed in 2007 under the leadership of PA...

  • Israel, Japan mark 60 years of relations

    May 16, 2012 | 10:08 am

    Israel and Japan marked the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

    The anniversary, which was celebrated Tuesday, is set to be marked in both countries with a series of special events, including cultural events, academic meetings and...

  • May 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 14, 2012 | 2:06 am

    Palestinians Short of Ideas, Not Guns

    Mahmoud Abbas should start talking with Israel instead ‎of trying again to bring international pressure to force ‎Netanyahu’s hand, writes Jonathan S. Tobin of ‎Commentary Magazine.‎

    Abbas may harbor hopes a re-elected Obama will return...

  • Hamas says it will not go to war for Iran

    May 10, 2012 | 1:25 pm

    The Islamist movement Hamas will not let itself be dragged into a war against Israel if it attacks the nuclear facilities of Hamas ally Iran, Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh said on Thursday.

    “Hamas is a Palestinian movement that acts within the Palestinian arena and it carries out its...

  • Abbas says he’s ready to engage with Israel

    May 8, 2012 | 3:35 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday he was ready to engage with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a Middle East peace agreement if he proposes “anything promising or positive.”

    Abbas, speaking to Reuters after Netanyahu announced a grand...

  • May 7, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 7, 2012 | 4:38 am

    Hollande Victory in France Lessens Likelihood of War with Iran

    The new socialist president will steer France away from his predecessor’s hardline ‎policies, writes Muhammad Sahimi for PBS. ‎

    Assembling a coalition with communists and smaller center-left ‎parties, Hollande...

  • May 1, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 1, 2012 | 5:22 am

    The Move that Dare Not Speak ‎Its Name

    In part 2 of a series on Israel-Jewish ties, Yehudah Mirsky in Jewish Ideas Daily examines ‎ways in which Israelis who have left their homeland can maintain their ties to it.‎

    At any moment, some 500,000 to 600,000 Israelis and their...

  • Supreme Court rejects torture lawsuit against P.A.

    April 20, 2012 | 11:58 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously against a request by the family of an American allegedly tortured to death while in Palestinian custody to sue under the Torture Victim Protection Act.

    The family of American citizen Azzam Rahim sought to sue the Palestinian Authority and...

  • 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.

    ...
  • Palestinians to deliver Netanyahu ultimatum on talks

    April 16, 2012 | 4:48 pm

    The Palestinian Authority prime minister plans to use a rare meeting set for Tuesday with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver a letter detailing Palestinian grievances on stalled peace talks.

    Although there was no official announcement of the encounter between Netanyahu and...

  • Palestinian Authority blames Gaza for deficit mess

    April 11, 2012 | 10:13 am

    Paying for the upkeep of the Gaza Strip while its political rival actively blocks revenues flowing back is taking its toll on the deficit-racked Palestinian Authority.

    The Western-backed PA, many of whose top leaders belong to the mainstream Fatah movement, says it has poured around...

  • Congressmen threaten PA aid over Helen Thomas award

    April 10, 2012 | 10:50 am

    In a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, two congressmen said a medal awarded to veteran journalist Helen Thomas could hurt U.S. assistance to the PA.

    Reps. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), the chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the...

  • March 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 22, 2012 | 6:04 am

    Six Big Lies about How Jerusalem Runs Washington

    Writing in Foreign Policy, Aaron David Miller shoots down six common accusations leveled in the US when it comes to the topic of Israel.

    Election years seem to bring out the worst—not only in politicians, but in advocates, analysts,...

  • 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....

  • Nearly 3 of every 4 Americans view Israel favorably, poll finds

    February 22, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Israel is the eighth most-favored country by Americans, a Gallup poll found.

    Some 71 percent of Americans view Israel favorably, a three-point increase over last year’s results, according to the poll conducted Feb. 2-5.

    Israel’s highest favorability rating in this survey was...

  • Is Hamas trying to change its stripes?

    February 7, 2012 | 4:52 pm

    Is Hamas trying to change its stripes?

    Terrorist attacks against Israelis appear to be on pause, and rocket fire from Gaza is down significantly. The Hamas leader in Damascus, Khaled Meshaal, is trying to distance himself from the Assad regime and align Hamas with the forces of the...

  • Diaspora communities can help with peacemaking, Jewish leaders tell Abbas

    January 17, 2012 | 10:45 am

    The presidents of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and Latin American Jewish Congress expressed hope for progress in Middle East peace at a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

    Latin American Jewish Congress President Jack Terpins described the positive...

  • Joint Australian, British delegation meets Netanyahu, Fayyad

    January 17, 2012 | 10:22 am

    A joint delegation of Australian and British parliamentarians met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Palestinian counterpart, Salam Fayyad.

    The delegation, organized by Australian businessman and philanthropist Albert Dadon, was in Israel for the first edition of...

  • U.S. releases $40 million to PA

    December 30, 2011 | 11:53 am

    The United States transferred $40 million in foreign assistance to the Palestinians. 

    The Associated Press reported Thursday that congressional lawmakers released the funds, which amount to 20 percent of the $187 million in foreign assistance from fiscal year 2011 that was held up...

  • Meshaal: Palestinian unity will lead to mass protests

    December 23, 2011 | 2:12 pm

    Palestinian unity will spur mass popular protests against Israel, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said.

    “Now we have a common ground that we can work on—the popular resistance, which presents the power of people,” Meshaal said Thursday in an interview with the Associated Press in Cairo,...

  • Hamas to join PLO in unity bid

    December 22, 2011 | 10:38 am

    Hamas will join the Palestine Liberation Organization, a further step toward Palestinian unity.

    The deal to admit Hamas was struck Thursday in Cairo during meetings of rival Palestinian factions working to unify the Palestinian leadership, the Associated Press reported.

    Under the...

  • Palestinian Authority, South Americans sign free trade pact

    December 21, 2011 | 10:45 am

    A bloc of South American countries has signed a free trade agreement with the Palestinian Authority.

    MERCOSUR, the political and economic consortium made up of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, on Tuesday in Uruguay signed the first trade deal between the PA and nations outside of the Arab world, The Associated Press reported.

    Israel controls imports and exports from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, rendering the deal symbolic, according to the AP.

  • Israel releases PA funds

    November 30, 2011 | 10:09 am

    Israel released $100 million in tax funds it had withheld from the Palestinian Authority.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday the handover of the money, the transfer of which had been frozen on Nov. 1 in response to the Palestinians’ recognition as a state by...

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