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  • Israel to continue withholding P.A. tax funds

    November 21, 2011 | 10:35 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his inner Cabinet of eight ministers decided to continue a freeze on transferring taxes collected for the Palestinian Authority.

    The suspension began early this month, shortly after the Palestinians were admitted as a full member of UNESCO, the...

  • Israel maintains Palestinian funds freeze

    November 14, 2011 | 12:32 pm

    Israel’s cabinet decided on Monday to continue to withhold tax revenues owed to the Palestinian Authority and international envoys ended talks with no sign of a breakthrough in efforts to restart peace talks.

    The freeze on the transfer of funds collected by Israel on behalf of the...

  • Fayyad may quit for sake of Palestinian unity

    November 14, 2011 | 8:29 am

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad signaled on Monday he is ready to step aside to help reconcile the two rival factions of the Palestinian national movement and pave the way for presidential and parliamentary elections.

    The departure of the U.S.-educated former World...

  • Israel cuts tax payments to Palestinian Authority

    November 4, 2011 | 11:45 am

    Israel has suspended $100 million in tax payments to the Palestinian Authority.

    Israeli officials had threatened to cut off payments entirely if Palestine was admitted into UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural agency. Palestine was recognized as a state at UNESCO earlier this week...

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  • Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister: We won’t accept less than full U.N. seat

    November 3, 2011 | 8:19 pm

    The Palestinians will not accept anything less than full U.N. membership and do not want an upgrade to an observer state in the world body, their foreign minister said on Thursday.

    Riyad al-Malki’s remarks suggested the Palestinians would not seek such an upgrade once their bid for...

  • Israel to speed up settlement building in West Bank

    November 1, 2011 | 1:44 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for the accelerated construction of some 2,000 housing units in areas in the West Bank and around Jerusalem, an official statement said on Tuesday.

    The statement came after Netanyahu called a special cabinet session to discuss the...

  • Israeli general speaks out for PA aid

    October 12, 2011 | 12:19 pm

    The Israeli general in charge of the West Bank is on the record opposing cuts in U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority.

    “Stability in the region includes the ability of the Palestinian Authority to pay its salaries,” Brig. Gen. Nitzan Alon was quoted Wednesday as telling The...

  • 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...

  • Panetta urges Israel, Palestinians to negotiate

    October 3, 2011 | 9:21 am

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday called for “bold action” from Israeli and Palestinian leaders to achieve peace after cautioning that Israel was becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East.

    Panetta, making his first trip to Israel since becoming Pentagon chief, met...

  • US against settlement halt as precondition for talks

    September 27, 2011 | 9:30 am

    The U.S. ambassador to Israel reaffirmed on Tuesday Washington’s opposition to a Palestinian call to halt Israeli settlement building before peace negotiations can resume.

    Facing renewed urging from international mediators to return to negotiations and defuse a row over his bid for...

  • Opinion: The dangerous alternate Middle East reality

    September 23, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    This essay was first posted Wed., Sept. 21 on Huffington Post

    In the lead-up to the Palestinian application for full membership in the United Nations later this week, we can expect nation after nation to vilify the Jewish state and to walk out when Prime Minister Netanyahu takes the...

  • In U.N. speeches, Abbas, Netanyahu trade charges of ‘ethnic cleansing’

    September 23, 2011 | 2:25 pm

    Mahmoud Abbas outlined a vision for an independent Palestine that hewed to the two-state formula but also revived rhetoric that hearkened back to an era of Palestinian belligerence.

    Shortly after concluding his speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Friday, the Palestinian Authority...

  • Abbas U.N. speech seen as inflammatory in Israel

    September 23, 2011 | 2:07 pm

    Israelis reacted coolly on Friday to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s quest for statehood recognition, and some said his impassioned speech at the United Nations had only succeeded in harming the chances of peace.

    Telling the U.N. General Assembly he wanted peaceful relations...

  • Netanyahu to U.N.: Palestinians want state without peace [VIDEO]

    September 23, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Palestinians of wanting statehood without peace.

    “The truth is so far the Palestinians have refused to negotiate,” he said. “The truth is the Palestinians want a state without peace.”

    He said he and Israel genuinely want peace...

  • In U.S. speech, Abbas commits to two states, but amps up fiery rhetoric

    September 23, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    Mahmoud Abbas outlined a vision for an independent Palestine that hewed to the two-state formula but also revived rhetoric that hearkened back to an era of Palestinian belligerence.

    “We agree to establish the state of Palestine on only 22 percent of historical Palestine on all of...

  • In Ramallah, West Bank Palestinians divided between celebratory and cynical

    September 23, 2011 | 12:21 pm

    A larger-than-life sky-blue chair with the word “Palestine” dominates the center of Manara Square in downtown Ramallah.

    The Palestinian flag, a national symbol once banned by Israel, flies everywhere. Long banners of flags crisscross the square, huge flags decorate the sides of...

  • Opinion: We know Abbas will fail, but it'll be a Palestinian moral victory

    September 23, 2011 | 11:54 am

    A throng of young Palestinians charge the stage with what could easily be seen as malicious intent - if their vigorous stampede hadn’t been in sync with a performance of Dabke, the traditional Arabic folk dance that literally translates as “the stamping of the feet.”

    Former Israeli...

  • Palestinians rally for Abbas’s U.N. statehood bid

    September 21, 2011 | 8:57 am

    Flag-waving Palestinians filled the squares of major West Bank cities on Wednesday to rally behind President Mahmoud Abbas’s bid for statehood recognition at the United Nations despite U.S. and Israeli objections.

    “We are asking for the most simple of rights, a state like other...

  • Cash-strapped Palestinians cut pay in half for September

    September 6, 2011 | 11:01 am

    The Palestinian Authority will pay only half wages this month, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said on Tuesday, the second time in three months it has taken such a step because of a financial crisis it blames on donors failing to provide promised funds.

    Fayyad announced the half pay...

  • Abbas: PA Won’t Recognize Jewish State

    August 31, 2011 | 9:33 am

    The Palestinian Authority will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state, President Mahmoud Abbas said.

    “Don’t order us to recognize a Jewish state. We won’t accept it,” Abbas warned the international community on Saturday.

    Abbas also said Saturday in a speech to Muslim...

  • Bombing victim’s family wins appeal to sue PA

    August 15, 2011 | 1:26 pm

    The family of an American contractor killed in the Gaza Strip can sue the Palestinian Authority, a U.S. appeals court ruled.

    Saturday’s ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington overturns a ruling last year by the U.S. District Court in Washington in...

  • House committee set to pass tougher conditions for PA aid

    July 19, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    A House committee is expected to advance a bill that would and toughen conditions for funding for the Palestinians.

    The U.S. House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee is likely to approve the measure, which also mandates moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, on Wednesday....

  • 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,...

  • GOP senators urge suspending aid to P.A.

    June 22, 2011 | 10:29 am

    Republican senators urged President Obama to suspend U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority unless Hamas recognizes Israel and renounces terrorism.

    Republican Sens. John Boozman (Ark.) and Jerry Moran (Kan.), in association with the Zionist Organization of America, organized a letter...

  • Congressional initiatives target P.A.

    June 17, 2011 | 3:23 pm

    A number of initiatives are circulating in Congress targeting the Palestinians in the wake of their diplomatic tensions with Israel.

    Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) this week circulated through the Republican Study Committee, the GOP’s influential conservative caucus, a proposal to...

  • Hamas rejects Fayyad nomination for prime minister

    June 12, 2011 | 1:24 pm

    The Hamas-Fatah reconciliation appeared to be in jeopardy after Hamas rejected Fatah’s nominee for prime minister, Salam Fayyad.

    Hamas on Sunday rejected Fayyad, the Palestinian Authority’s current prime minister, to lead the transitional Palestinian government until elections...

  • Linux creator cancels Israel talks

    May 31, 2011 | 3:40 pm

    The creator of the Linux computer operating system canceled three lectures at Israeli universities because of pressure from the Palestinian Authority.

    Richard Stallman, an American, said his Palestinian hosts threatened to pull their financial support for his July trip if he spoke...

  • Fayyad to Arab states: ‘Save’ the Palestinian Authority

    May 11, 2011 | 4:27 pm

    The Palestinian Authority appealed to Arab countries Wednesday to pay the salaries of 155,000 government workers after Israel decided to suspend the transfer of tax funds to the PA.

    “We say to our Arab brothers: save us. We need your help more than any time before. It is the moment...

  • Netanyahu to Abbas: You can’t have peace with both Israel and Hamas

    March 28, 2011 | 4:42 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday that reconciliation between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas could spell the end of the peace process, after an aide to Mahmoud Abbas said that the Palestinian president was would be willing to give up U.S. aid if needed to secure...

  • State ‘disturbed’ by reports of Mughrabi square naming

    March 16, 2011 | 4:29 pm

    The State Department called “disturbing” reports that Palestinian Authority officials attended the renaming of a square after a terrorist, saying it condemned such commemorations.

    “We are very disturbed by these reports and are seeking clarification from the Palestinian Authority,”...

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