Tag: Middle East

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 […]

Jeremy Corbyn Allegedly Met Secretly With Officials From Hamas

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn reportedly met with officials from the terrorist organization Hamas on a 2010 trip to Israel and the West Bank.   According to i24NEWS, Corbyn met with two groups of Hamas parliamentarians during his trip between November 5-9 as a part of a delegation with the Islamist lobby group Middle […]

Liberman: Next round of violence with Hamas a matter of time

The next round of fighting with Hamas in the Gaza Strip is just a matter of time, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Monday during a visit to the Gaza Division.   “Since the start of the ‘March of Return,’ Hamas has claimed 168 dead, another 4,348 wounded and dozens of terror infrastructures destroyed,” Liberman […]

Trump increases staff for Israeli-Palestinian peace team

US President Donald Trump is adding staff to his Middle East peace team ahead of its rollout of a plan for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.   The White House policy team, currently centered on three of the president’s closest advisers, is recruiting staffers from other government agencies to help them message the plan to the […]

As US pushes for Middle East peace, Saudi king reassures allies, Middle East News & Top Stories

Saudi Arabia has reassured Arab allies that it will not endorse any Middle East peace plan that fails to address Jerusalem’s status or refugees’ right of return, easing their concerns that the kingdom might back a nascent United States deal which aligns with Israel on key issues.King Salman’s private guarantees to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas […]

Cracks emerge in Palestinian Authority’s boycott of U.S. peace plan

Leading Palestinian politicians have voiced concerns in recent days over the prospect of the United States being excluded from acting as mediator in peace talks with Israel. They do not believe that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ boycott on American officials— imposed in the wake of Washington’s recognition in December of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital—is […]

State Comptroller: ‘Major earthquake would kill 7,000, destroy bridges’

The State Comptroller, retired judge Yosef Shapira, published the report on “State Preparedness for an Earthquake” on Wednesday afternoon, which examines the preparedness of national infrastructures and buildings in the State of Israel.   In light of recent earthquakes in the north, the State Comptroller instructed the publication of the report, which presents an up-to-date […]

Syrian army says it captures strategic hill overlooking Israeli border

The Syrian army has taken control of a strategic hill that overlooks the Golan Heights, state television said on Monday.It said the army had taken control of al-Haara hill in the second day of an offensive to seize remaining parts of southwest Syria that are in rebel hands and are close to the border with […]

Trump team to use Gaza aid as pressure on Palestinian Authority to return to peace talks

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is doubling down on its push for an international humanitarian aid package to the Gaza Strip, hoping that doing so will demonstrate its commitment to the Palestinians and politically pressure the Palestinian Authority to engage with its Mideast peace plan.   According to a report in The Washington Post, Jared […]