Tag: Palestine

Australia trade at risk with Islamic nations over east Jerusalem policy

Arab and Islamic nations have warned of trade sanctions on Australia for its decision last week to desist from referring to east Jerusalem as “occupied,” the Palestinian envoy to Canberra told AFP on Friday. Izzat Abdulhadi criticized Australia’s decision and called its new position on east Jerusalem a “substantial policiy shift… Read More: Palestinian envoy: […]

Not Much Abbas Can Do About Rockets

The U.S. State Department condemned on Wednesday the rocket fire from Gaza, but also said that Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas cannot do much to stop the attacks, despite having signed a unity pact with Hamas. “We condemn all rocket fire from Gaza. It is unprovoked aggression against civilian targets and is totally unacceptable […]

Danon demands greater security for Jews going to Mount of Olives cemetery

Appalled by chronic attacks against visitors to Judaism’s oldest and largest cemetery, located on the Mount of Olives, Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon demanded greater safety measures during a tour of the holy site Wednesday morning. The cemetery, where four prophets, former prime minister Menachem Begin, Hebrew revivalist Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and leaders of revered rabbinical […]

Palestinians prefer suing Israel at the ICC rather than starting third intifada

Palestinians want to bring Israel before the International Criminal Court more than they want to fight them in the streets in an armed third intifada, according to a poll conducted by Khalil Shikaki of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research. Palestinians continue to support a two-state solution and do not believe that the […]

US Senator Menendez vows response from Congress to Palestinian unity government

“Severe consequences” await a unified Fatah-Hamas government, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Robert Menendez warned on Monday, referring to the new Palestinian Authority as a “two-headed dragon” in violation of US aid requirements. “Palestinians must choose between peace with Israel as a Jewish state and a marriage with Hamas, a terrorist… Read More: US Senator […]

Further ugly vibes from the Obama administration

The gloves are off. The White House has now unequivocally designated Israel as the scapegoat and is meting out punishment for the disastrous outcome of the peace negotiations it initiated. The process began in March when President Barack Obama publicly lambasted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in a brutal and offensive manner the day before their […]

Netanyahu plans to counter US acceptance of Palestinian unity by blocking West Bank elections

The US and European decision to continue funding the Palestinians under their new, Hamas-backed government, is a landmark: For the first time, the US and Europe will be bankrolling an organization branded under their own laws as terrorist, as well as its armed militia, the Ezz e-Din al-Qassam, DEBKAfile’s counterterrorism sources note.

Israel decries US ‘knife in back’ over Palestinian govt

Washington’s support for a new Palestinian government backed by Israel’s Islamist foe Hamas, has left the Jewish state feeling betrayed, triggering a new crisis with its closest ally.

Abbas, Kerry speak ahead of Palestinian unity government formation

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was scheduled to meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Amman on Wednesday, Jordanian newspaper al-Arab al-Yawm reported on Sunday. Meanwhile the two spoke hours before the Palestinian were set to swear in their new unity government Monday. Kerry and Abbas were expected to discuss the now-defunct Israeli-Palestinian […]

With Israel/PA negotiations stalled, what should be done now?

Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority has now concluded a reconciliation agreement with Hamas, the United Statesand European Union-recognized terrorist organization that controls Gaza and calls for the destruction of Israel Article 15 and the murder of Jews Article 7 in its charter. Read More: With Israel/PA negotiations stalled, what should be done now? | JPost […]