Tag: Middle East

Trump administration is an opportunity for West Bank sovereignty, MKs say

The time is right for the government to apply sovereignty to West Bank settlements in light of the Trump administration’s attitude toward Israel, said cabinet ministers, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and other MKs at a Land of Israel Caucus conference on Monday. The right-wing caucus held the meeting ahead of a ministerial vote on a […]

Eisenkot: War with Gaza could break out this year

Renewed hostilities between Hamas and Israel could take place in 2018 if a solution is not found to Gaza’s dire economic and humanitarian situation, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot told the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday. “We must make a significant effort to prevent a humanitarian collapse in the Gaza Strip,” said Eisenkot, warning […]

Hamas chief assesses war with Israel will erupt ‘within days’: report

Hamas leader anticipates Israel will use upcoming military exercises in the south to spark new conflictHamas chief Yahya Sinwar has reportedly ordered the Gaza-based Islamist militant group on high alert, assessing “with 95 percent probability” that war with Israel is likely to erupt within the coming days.According to an Arabic-language report by the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper, […]

Report: Trump weighing unveiling of Mideast peace plan

President Donald Trump is considering presenting his Middle East peace plan to Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the near future, a report released Thursday night claims.According to the Channel 10 report, which cited sources in Washington, Trump is weighing whether to present his plan for Israeli-Arab peace, despite the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to participate […]

Palestinians court Russia as new broker in peace process

After declaring that the US was no longer qualified to act as an “honest broker” in any peace process with Israel, the Palestinian Authority is trying to persuade Russia to play a role in efforts to solve the conflict. PA President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black […]

Abbas: US can mediate peace talks with other parties

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday that the US can work as a mediator in peace talks to end the Palestine-Israel conflict in conjunction with the EU.During a joint meeting with the German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel in Ramallah, Abbas told journalists: “We trust the German and French role through the EU along […]

Israel threatens Lebanon with ‘full strength’ ground invasion in case of conflict

Tel Aviv is ready for an all-out ground invasion of Lebanon in the event of a military conflict with Beirut, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said. His comments come as relations between the two neighbors continue to sour.“We must prepare for maneuvering on the ground too, even if we do not use it,” the minister said […]

Talk to Palestinians or pay price of ‘perpetual occupation’

Israel could pay the price for “perpetual occupation and conflict” and face the prospect of being stuck in a “fully-fledged annexation” if it abandons reconciliation with the Palestinians, the German foreign minister has warned.Speaking in Tel Aviv at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Germany’s top diplomat Sigmar Gabriel said Israel should finally begin […]

Israel vows to retain West Bank control in any peace deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said Israel will retain security control over the Palestinians as part of any future peace deal, deepening Palestinian fears that Israel and the Trump administration are colluding on a proposal that will fall far short of their dreams of independence.Netanyahu’s statement exposed a deepening rift that has emerged between […]

Israel ‘adamantly opposes’ Polish parliament’s approval of controversial Holocaust bill

Israel said on Thursday it “adamantly opposes” a bill that was passed by the Polish Senate overnight, which would criminalize accusing the Polish nation of complicity in Nazi crimes. Israeli officials criticized Poland, with some demanding that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recall the ambassador to Poland over the legislation.”Israel views with utmost gravity any attempt […]