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  • Kerry cancels meeting with Abbas in Ramallah

    2 weeks ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday called off a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah for last-minute talks on extending peace talks with Israel, a senior State Department official said.

    "We are no longer travelling tomorrow. We are in close touch with the team on the ground," the official said.

    Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; editing by Andrew Roche

  • Kerry heading to Middle East next week for peace talks

    December 28, 2013 | 1:19 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry will return to Israel and the Palestinian territories for peace talks next week, a senior U.S. government official said on Saturday, days after Israel is due to free another group of Palestinian prisoners.

    The U.S. official, speaking on condition of...

  • Kerry back to region to pursue faltering Mideast peace talks

    December 12, 2013 | 8:44 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry headed back to the Middle East on Thursday, a week after his previous visit ended with Palestinian dissatisfaction over U.S. security ideas for an elusive land-for-peace deal with Israel.

    Kerry, who has quipped that his frequent trips to the region...

  • Kerry heading back to Israel for more talks

    December 10, 2013 | 9:28 am

    U.S.  Secretary of State John Kerry will return this week to Jerusalem and Ramallah, his second visit in two weeks.

    Kerry will discuss Iran and the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations during a meeting Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. State...

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  • Kerry pledges to protect Israel’s security in meeting with Netanyahu

    December 5, 2013 | 9:48 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said progress is being made in the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

    At a news conference in Jerusalem Thursday following a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Kerry also pledged that the Obama administration would...

  • Kerry announces visit to Jerusalem and Ramallah

    November 27, 2013 | 1:16 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

    Kerry will visit Brussels, Chisinau, Jerusalem and Ramallah from Dec. 3 to Dec. 6, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said Wednesday.

    In Jerusalem, Kerry will meet with Israeli Prime...

  • Palestinian investigators: Israel only suspect in Arafat ‘killing’

    November 8, 2013 | 9:37 am

    Palestinian investigators named Israel the “only suspect” in the death of Yasser Arafat after laboratory tests suggested the Palestinian leader died of poisoning.

    “We say that Israel is the prime and only suspect in the case of Yasser Arafat’s assassination, and we will continue...

  • Evidence supports Arafat poisoning theory, wider probe needed

    November 7, 2013 | 10:55 am

    The remains of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat showed test results consistent with polonium poisoning and should lead to a judicial investigation even if they were not absolute proof that he died that way, Swiss experts said on Thursday.

    The two forensic experts were part of an...

  • Russian official rules out Arafat polonium poisoning

    November 6, 2013 | 10:02 am

    The head of a Russian forensics agency said on Tuesday that samples from the body of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had revealed no traces of radioactive polonium, a Russian news agency reported.

    However, the government scientific body later denied that it had made any official...

  • Palestinian leader Arafat was murdered with polonium, widow says

    November 6, 2013 | 9:51 am

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioactive polonium, his widow Suha said on Wednesday after receiving the results of Swiss forensic tests on her husband's corpse.

    "We are revealing a real crime, a political assassination," she told Reuters in...

  • Palestinians down on U.S. role in peace talks

    November 4, 2013 | 4:22 pm

    Palestinian officials said they were “disappointed” by  the U.S. role in brokering their peace talks with Israel.

    On Sunday, the officials criticized U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for enabling the Israeli policy of announcing new settlement housing construction when...

  • Israel says it will announce more settlement building

    October 24, 2013 | 1:33 pm

    Israel said on Thursday it would press ahead with plans to build in existing Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in an apparent bid to appease hardliners opposed to peace talks with the Palestinians.

    Local media said new building tenders could be...

  • Abbas: Final-status issues discussed at first round of peace talks

    August 16, 2013 | 10:45 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Israel and the Palestinians discussed all the final-status issues in the first session of peace talks held in Jerusalem.

    Abbas’ comments were made Thursday after a meeting with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Ramallah, the...

  • IKEA may be opening in Ramallah

    July 17, 2013 | 10:23 am

    IKEA is considering opening a branch in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

    Two IKEA executives visited Ramallah last month and met with the Palestinian Authority economics minister, Jawad al-Naji, according to the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot.

    Israel has IKEA megastores in...

  • Kerry samples Palestinian shawarma and sweets

    May 23, 2013 | 10:46 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry stepped off the diplomatic track on Thursday and onto a West Bank street where he sampled a shawarma sandwich and a pistachio-sprinkled Palestinian sweet.

    In a rare gesture for a U.S. secretary of state — but a staple of U.S. political campaigns —...

  • Kerry praises Netanyahu’s ‘seriousness’ on peace

    May 23, 2013 | 8:50 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his “seriousness” in finding ways to restart the peace process.

    Kerry made the statement before a two-hour meeting Thursday in Jerusalem with Netanyahu and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni,...

  • Palestinians mark Nakba with West Bank protests

    May 16, 2013 | 1:15 pm

    Thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank marked the 65th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel, which they call the “catastrophe,” with marches and protests.

    Nakba Day observances are held annually on May 15, when thousands of Palestinians fled their homes during...

  • 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...

  • Murder of Jewish settler sparks West Bank clashes

    May 1, 2013 | 10:11 am

    Israeli settlers and Palestinians clashed in the West Bank more than a day after the murder of a Jewish man by a Palestinian attacker.

    Jewish settlers threw rocks at passing Palestinian cars, and settlers and Palestinians threw rocks at each other in the northern West Bank on...

  • Kerry to visit Jerusalem, Ramallah; not bringing new peace plan

    April 3, 2013 | 11:11 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Jerusalem and Ramallah next week but does not intend to offer an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, the State Department said on Wednesday.

    Kerry's visit, his third to Jerusalem in less than a month, should not be regarded as the start of a...

  • P.A.’s Fayyad hospitalized

    April 2, 2013 | 6:17 am

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad was hospitalized with abdominal pain.

    Fayyad, who is also acting finance minister, was taken to the hospital Monday evening from his office in Ramallah. He was kept overnight in a local hospital for observation.

    An anonymous source told the Associated Press that Fayyad has an infected pancreas.

    It is believed Fayyad wants to replace Mahmoud Abbas as president of the Palestinian Authority.

  • In Ramallah, Obama implies settlement freeze not needed

    March 21, 2013 | 7:41 am

    President Obama implied during a news conference in Ramallah that a settlement freeze should not be a precondition for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

    He made the statement Thursday, following a long meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah,

    “If...

  • Palestinians vent frustration at brief Obama visit

    March 21, 2013 | 5:01 am

    Palestinian protesters raised their hands and tried to wave away the helicopter that brought U.S. President Barack Obama to the West Bank on Thursday, accusing him of siding with Israel.

    Around 150 demonstrators chanted anti-American slogans, saying they wanted weapons not...

  • 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...

  • Two Palestinians end hunger strike that fueled protests

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    February 27, 2013 | 12:30 pm

    Two Palestinian prisoners whose hunger strike stoked clashes in the West Bank have ended their protest after Israel agreed to release them in May, a Palestinian official said on Wednesday.

    The men were among four prisoners held without formal charge in an Israeli jail who have...

  • Palestinian hunger striker to be released next month, protests continue

    February 21, 2013 | 9:51 am

    A Palestinian prisoner on a long-term hunger strike in an Israeli jail will be released in March.

    The Jerusalem Magistrates Court on Thursday sentenced Samer Issawi to eight months in prison for violating the terms of his release under the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap. Issawi was...

  • Israel to allow Turkish construction material into Gaza

    February 12, 2013 | 7:38 am

    Israel has agreed to allow Turkish trucks carrying construction materials into the Gaza Strip for the construction of a hospital.

    The Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reported Monday that the construction of the Turkish-Palestine Friendship Hospital, which it called "the most symbolic...

  • Palestinian stabs Jewish teen in West Bank

    January 29, 2013 | 10:55 am

    A Ramallah man reportedly said he stabbed a teen in the West Bank because he was Jewish.

    The Palestinian, 20, stabbed his 17-year-old victim in the stomach near the Tapuach Junction in the northern West Bank. The teen was taken to an Israeli hospital with moderate injuries.

    The...

  • Snow falls in Jerusalem, northern Israel

    January 9, 2013 | 9:59 am

    Snow and hail began falling in the Jerusalem area and continued to fall in the north of the country.

    Areas of the West Bank, including Hebron and Ramallah were also blanketed in snow.

    The snow in Jerusalem is expected to accumulate, and residents have been requested to avoid...

  • Will Obama focus on Israel-Palestinian issues?

    December 18, 2012 | 5:42 pm

    Is history about to repeat itself?

    President Obama’s first three years in office saw some serious tussling with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the peace process and settlements. Now, with Obama beginning his second term and Netanyahu looking pretty certain to win...

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