Tag: Palestine

Trump’s Saudi Arabia Trip Figures Into Plan for Palestinian Deal

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — For 15 years, Saudi Arabia has been pitching its formula for peace among Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab world, with little response from Israeli leaders. And for months now, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asserted Israel’s increasing strategic alignment with Persian Gulf states over their shared enmity toward Iran. But […]

Middle East reality check: Israel won, and so can the Palestinians if they give up victim status

Israel won. That sums up the more than half a century conflict between the Palestinians and Israel. They won the wars, they won the peace, and they won the prosperity.  So, it’s time for them to act like it, and more importantly it’s time for the Palestinians to accept they lost. We have somehow gotten […]

Israel to Make Rare Overture to Palestinians ‘at Trump Request’

Israeli ministers have approved measures aimed at improving the Palestinian economy and facilitating crossings, rare moves said to be at Donald Trump’s request hours ahead of the US president’s arrival. An Israeli official told AFP on condition of anonymity that ministers were responding to a Trump request to present him with “confidence-building measures” ahead of […]

Trump visit seen as long shot to revive Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking

Just four months after taking office, Donald Trump will make the earliest foray into Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking by any U.S. president next week. But with mounting obstacles at home and abroad, he faces long odds of succeeding where more experienced predecessors have failed. Even as last-minute changes are being made to Trump’s ambitious Middle East itinerary, the trip […]

Jordan, PA, Egypt reiterate commitment to two states

Jordan, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Egypt on Sunday reiterated their commitment to the “two-state solution” as the only solution to the Israel-PA conflict, the Jordanian news agency Petra reports. Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi met in Amman with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry and Saeb Erekat, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) executive committee’s secretary […]

Jordan, Egypt and Palestinians declare eastern Jerusalem ‘capital of Palestine’

“Everyone is convinced that the president of the United States wants to act effectively for peace,” Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said Sunday at a press conference in Amman, alongside Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat. “The three of us felt a genuine commitment by Trump to resolve the conflict,” […]

How Benjamin Netanyahu and Abbas are fighting not to lose blame game with Trump

In the fall of 2011, a group of US congressmen decided to block $200 million in State Department funding from reaching the Palestinian Authority. The money, designated for healthcare, state building efforts and food programs, was withheld to try and discourage President Mahmoud Abbas from taking his unilateral bid for statehood to the United Nations […]

‘Abbas has decided to sign peace deal with Israel’

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has crossed the Rubicon and voiced “unprecedented” readiness to reach a peace deal with Israel, sources close to the efforts to renew talks between Israel and the Palestinians have told The Jerusalem Post. Abbas, according to the sources, made this clear to President Donald Trump during their meeting at the […]

Palestinians resurrecting idea of a Jordan-Palestine confederation

Omar Draz’s winding path to Jordan was like that taken by many Palestinians. He was born two years after the nascent Israeli army pushed his family from the Palestinian village of Tall al-Turmus in the 1948 war. He spent his youth in Gaza before war once again uprooted him and drove him and his brothers […]

Saudi king reportedly invites Abbas to Riyadh summit with Trump

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has reportedly invited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Muslim leaders in Riyadh later in May, local media reported Wednesday. Jordan’s King Abdullah and Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika are also among the dignitaries invited to the summit taking place during Trump’s […]