Tag: Palestine

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 […]

Hamas assures critics Israel’s destruction still its goal

“If we liberate Palestine though the resistance until the 1967 borders, we will go directly to liberate the rest of Palestine and the territories of 1948, and there will be no negotiations,” Zahar said at a conference in Gaza addressing international reactions to the new policy document, according to the Hamas-linked al-Resalah news site. Zahar […]

Turkish President Erdogan criticizes Israel, claims Jerusalem is under ‘occupation’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sparked anger from Israel on Monday with a string of critical remarks — including his claim that Jerusalem remains under Israeli “occupation.” “Both in terms of our religion and historical responsibility, Al-Quds and the fight of our Palestinian brothers for rights and justice is of great importance to us. We […]

Ever wonder what fake news is?

“Ever wonder what fake news is?” Netanyahu asked in a social media posting. “Last week, headlines in CNN, Al Jazeera and The Guardian said Hamas now accepts a Palestinian state along the 1967 lines. The New York Times headline called this ‘moderation.’”