Despite Trump move, Europe leaders say Jerusalem stance ‘unchanged’

Friday, 15 December 2017

European Union leaders on Thursday rejected US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, saying they stuck by their view that the city’s status should be settled by negotiation.Trump’s administration invited widespread criticism earlier this month when it officially recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, effectively ignoring Palestinian claims on the city.ALSO READ: On the radical road to Palestine “EU leaders reiterate firm ...

Putin, Trump discussed North Korea in phone call

Friday, 15 December 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear program with US counterpart Donald Trump in a phone call Thursday, the Kremlin said.The two heads of state discussed “the situation in several crisis zones, with a focus on solving the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula”, it said in a statement, without elaborating.Washington this week said it was ready to talk to North Korea -- which has launched several intercontinental ballistic missiles in ...

Islamic Summit: Trump’s decision on Jerusalem nourishes terrorism

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The final communiqué of the Islamic Summit in Istanbul, on Wednesday, called on the world to recognize the state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, pointing out that the United States should withdraw from the peace process. The leaders of the participating Islamic countries also considered US President Donald Trump's decision on Jerusalem to be "irresponsible, null and void", suggesting that it fuels "extremism and terrorism." Palestinian President ...

Mahmoud Abbas: Trump’s ‘crime’ over Jerusalem prevents US peace role

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Muslim leaders on Wednesday that a US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was a crime, which showed that Washington should no longer play a role in Middle East peace talks. Addressing an emergency meeting of Muslim leaders in Turkey, Abbas said President Donald Trump was giving Jerusalem away as if it were an American city. “Jerusalem is and always will be the capital of Palestine,” he said, adding Trump’s decision ...

Israel hits Hamas in Gaza after rocket fire at Israeli city

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Israeli military says it has carried out airstrikes in Gaza is response to rocket fire toward southern Israel. The military says it struck a Hamas military compound in southern Gaza early on Wednesday. No casualties were reported.The strike followed a rocket fired late Tuesday toward Israel’s southern coastal city of Ashkelon. It was intercepted by the anti-missile Iron Dome defense system.OPINION: On the road to Jerusalem Israel typically responds to each Gaza attack and holds ...

US wary of Putin’s declaration of military victory in Syria

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The United States is voicing skepticism about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a major withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria and is arguing that his declaration of victory against ISIS was premature. Putin, during a surprise visit on Monday to Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria, declared that the work of Russian forces was largely done in backing the Syrian government against militants in the country’s war following the defeat of “the most ...

Trump says New York attack highlights need for immigration reform

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

President Donald Trump said on Monday the homemade bomb attack in New York City that authorities said was carried out by a Bangladeshi man highlights the “urgent need” for Congress to enact immigration reform legislation.Trump said in a statement the suspect had entered the United States on a family immigrant visa, benefiting from a US policy known as chain migration, which the president said “is incompatible with national security.”The suspect, Akayed Ullah, was taken to ...

Putin and Erdogan warn of rising tension after Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned against the repercussions of Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel asserting it would be the cause of heightened tension in the Middle East and derail the peace process. "Russia and Turkey believe that this decision does not help stabilize the situation in the Middle East, but on the contrary, it adds to an already complex situation," Putin said. Speaking Monday after a ...

US embassy to Jerusalem: The Aftermath

Monday, 11 December 2017

There are a number of statements that we can agree on: recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the American embassy to it is a shortsighted, irresponsible decision by US President Trump. This should be the time the disadvantaged parties to reexamine the history of the Middle East conflict with clear eyes and intellectual minds instead of the prevailing emotional reaction of old.The future is bleak long as Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims keep resorting to same old feel-good ...

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Violence flares at protest near US Embassy in Lebanon

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water canons at protesters near the US Embassy in Lebanon on Sunday during a demonstration against President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Protesters, some of them waving Palestinian flags, set fires in the street and threw projectiles towards security forces that had barricaded the main road to the US Embassy in the Awkar area north of Beirut. Addressing the protesters, the head of the Lebanese Communist ...

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