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  • Palestinian unity government resigns

    2 weeks ago

    The Palestinian unity government between Hamas and Fatah has resigned and the Palestinian Authority’s prime minister has been asked to form a new government.

    Resignation letters were given to P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Wednesday, the French news agency AFP...

  • Fatah official: Palestinian unity government on verge of collapse

    2 weeks ago

    The Palestinians’ unity government forged last year between Hamas and Fatah will dissolve within the next 24 hours, a senior Palestinian official said.

    “The government will resign in the next 24 hours because this one is weak and there is no chance that Hamas will allow it to...

  • World’s silent acquiescence of Palestinian Jew-hatred is helping to destroy any chance for peace

    June 8, 2015 | 4:47 pm

    There have been repeated calls for President Barack Obama and the leaders of the P5+1 to denounce the Ayatollah Khamenei’s genocidal threats against the Jewish state. No such public protest has been or is likely to be made in the frantic push leading up to the June 30th deadline...

  • Op-Ed: Time for a regional solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    June 8, 2015 | 1:02 pm

    In the last 48 hours, rockets from Gaza were again fired at innocent civilians. This cannot be tolerated. The Israel Defense Forces must respond swiftly and without hesitation. We, as the opposition, will support strong government action.

    Yet such action cannot stand alone. We...

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  • Palestinians tackle green energy

    May 26, 2015 | 1:39 pm

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Palestinians plan to begin using solar, wind and geothermal power in an effort to cut their dependence on Israeli energy and save money at the same time. The Palestinian Authority has approved a national plan to reach ten percent...

  • FIFA’s Blatter sketches compromise in Israeli-Palestinian dispute

    May 20, 2015 | 6:53 am

    The head of world soccer's governing body said on Wednesday Israel had proposed easing travel restrictions for Palestinian players but the head of the Palestine FA insisted he would pursue a move to have Israel suspended from FIFA.

    After meeting Palestinian Authority President...

  • Blatter fears Israel vote could set dangerous precedent

    May 15, 2015 | 10:18 am

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter is worried that a dangerous precedent will be set if the Palestinian Authority goes ahead and asks for a vote to suspend Israel at the annual Congress of soccer's governing body on May 29.

    Blatter, who is standing for re-election at the Congress, said...

  • Vatican officially recognizes ‘State of Palestine’ in new treaty

    May 13, 2015 | 9:42 am

    The Vatican concluded its first treaty that formally recognizes the State of Palestine, with an agreement on Catholic Church activities in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority, the Holy See said on Wednesday.

    The agreement "aims to enhance the life and activities of the...

  • On Independence Day, thousands of Arab-Israelis march for Palestinians’ right of return

    April 23, 2015 | 4:09 pm

    (JTA) — Several thousand Arab-Israelis at a protest march in the Galilee on Israel’s Independence Day commemorated Palestinian villages destroyed in 1948.

    Near Tiberias, the participants in Thursday’s March of Return, as organizers called it, carried Palestinian Authority flags...

  • 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...

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

    April 6, 2015 | 8:27 am

    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

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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