Tag: Middle East

Kushner Says Punishing Palestinians Won’t Hurt Chance for Peace Deal

Three days after the Trump administration evicted the Palestine Liberation Organization from its offices in Washington, Jared Kushner defended the latest in a string of punitive actions against the Palestinians and insisted that none of them had diminished the chances of a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians. Speaking on Thursday, 25 years to […]

EU appoints new Special Representative to Middle East peace process

The European Council appointed Susanna Terstal as European Union (EU) Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process on Tuesday. The European Council said in a statement that “the tasks of the Special Representative are to contribute to actions and initiatives leading to a final settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on a two-state solution.” […]

Trump administration announces closure of Washington PLO office

The United States announced the closure of the Palestinian mission in Washington, DC, in what Palestinian leaders described as “a declaration of war” on peace efforts by the administration of President Donald Trump. In a statement on Monday, the US State Department said the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) office “has not taken steps to advance the start […]

Barkat: I want to expel UNRWA from Jerusalem

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat threatened to expel UNRWA from Jerusalem, in the first public statement by an Israeli official that called on the government to use its power to shut down the agency that services Palestinian refugees.“UNRWA is a foreign and unnecessary organization that has failed miserably,” Barkat said in a speech he delivered Monday […]

Israel Buys Rockets ‘That Can Reach Anywhere in the Middle East’

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced Monday that Israel is purchasing advanced rockets that he says can reach “anywhere in the Middle East.” The Defense Ministry signed a deal with Israel Military Industries for the purchase of the rockets, estimated to cost hundreds of millions of shekels. The new rockets have innovative technology that allow them […]

Abbas trying to drag Israel into war with Gaza

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of trying to drag Israel into a confrontation with Hamas so it can retake control of Gaza.   “Abu Mazen knows that he is not capable of overthrowing the Hamas regime by force; he understands that Hamas will not transfer control over the Gaza […]

Report: ‘Deal of the Century’ to be unveiled next month

The Trump Administration will unveil its long-awaited Middle East peace plan next month, according to a report by Palestinian Authority newspaper Al Quds.   The plan, which President Donald Trump has dubbed the ‘Deal of the Century,’ will reportedly be unveiled during Trump’s speech to the UN General Assembly on September 25.   The plan […]

Will Supreme Court petition end discrimination on Temple Mount?

An Israeli civil rights group dedicated to combatting discriminatory policies on the Temple Mount has filed a petition with the Supreme Court, demanding that non-Muslims be granted the right to pray on the holy site.   While Israel gained control over eastern Jerusalem in June 1967 – and with it the Old City and the […]

Jordan-Israel negotiations set to bypass PA

Jordan-Israel negotiations based on President Trump’s long-awaited peace plan seem increasingly likely to happen – following retired Jordanian Ambassador and former editor of the Jordan Times – Walid Sadi – flagging Jordan’s legal and sovereignty claims in the ‘West Bank’ (Judea and Samaria) and East Jerusalem (“disputed territories”).   Sadi – in an op-ed article […]

US ambassador tells Israeli MK ‘no reason to evacuate settlements’ in peace deal

In a meeting with several settler leaders Wednesday, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said that he saw “no reason to evacuate settlements” in a peace deal, a Likud lawmaker said.   MK Yehudah Glick, who organized the sit-down with Har Hebron Regional Council chairman Yochai Damari, recounted the statement to the Times of Israel […]