Palestinian Central Council calls for struggle against Israel ‘in all forms’

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The Palestinian Central Council instructed the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Administration to suspend the recognition of Israel on Monday. The Council furthermore announced its support for the popular struggle against the Israeli occupation “in all forms” as it described in its statement without elaborating more. The Central Council also announced that it has decided to stop security coordination between Ramallah and Israel adding that it refuses to recognize the Judaism of ...

Palestinian president calls Trump peace offer ‘slap of the century’

Monday, 15 January 2018

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas denounced US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace efforts as the “slap of the century” on Sunday after the White House recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Abbas also said Israel had “ended” the landmark Oslo peace accords of the 1990s with its actions, while branding the US ambassadors to the UN and to Israel, Nikki Haley and David Friedman, a “disgrace”. ALSO READ: Palestinians say Jerusalem ...

Hamas says will not attend Palestinian meeting over Jerusalem

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Islamist movement Hamas said on Saturday it would not participate in a meeting of Palestinian leaders to debate responses to the controversial US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The decision not to take part in the meeting to begin late Sunday is a further setback to failing reconciliation efforts between leading Palestinian factions. “We have taken the decision not to participate in the meeting of the (Palestinian) Central Council in Ramallah,” Hamas said in a ...

Palestinian teen shot dead in Israel-Gaza border clashes: ministry

Thursday, 11 January 2018

A Palestinian teenager was shot dead in clashes with the Israeli military along the Gaza border on Thursday, the health ministry in the Palestinian enclave said. It said the 16-year-old was shot in the chest near the border fence east of Al-Bureij camp in central Gaza, following protests against US President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The statement said two other Palestinians were injured in the clashes. The Israeli army said it was looking into ...

Arab FMs to meet in February on Trump’s Jerusalem move

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Arab foreign ministers will meet early next month to discuss steps against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the Arab League said Wednesday. The meeting of the League's Council will be held on February 1 in Cairo, its general secretariat said in a memo obtained by AFP. Trump's decision in December to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv sparked deadly clashes in Palestinian territories and was rejected in a non-binding UN General Assembly ...

Saudi Arabia reaffirms position on Jerusalem in call between King Salman, Abbas

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz assured Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of the Kingdom’s commitment to the Palestinian cause during a telephone conversation on Tuesday. During the call, King Salman, reaffirmed the Kingdom's firm position on the Palestinian cause and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital. For his part, the Palestinian president expressed his deep thanks and appreciation to the ...

Netanyahu’s son under fire after revealing gas deal details in drunken ‘strip club’ tape

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son has been caught on tape seemingly drunk outside a strip club talking about a key natural gas deal, leading to political fallout on Tuesday.The audio recording of Yair Netanyahu, who has been the subject of controversy in the past, was aired by Israel’s Channel 2 television late Monday.On the recording, said to be from 2015, Yair Netanyahu, now 26, can be heard speaking with the son of Kobi Maimon, a stakeholder in a company that owns a ...

Egypt refutes NYT report on tacit acceptance of Jerusalem move

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Egypt’s State Information Service refuted  the New York Times’ report by David Kirkpatrick which claimed that tapes he acquired reveal Egypt’s tacit acceptance of Donald Trump’s Jerusalem move. The NYT report said an Egyptian intelligence officer named Ashraf al-Kholi contacted hosts of “influential talk shows” in the country to tell them that instead of denouncing the move, they should convince viewers to accept it. SIS said the report named four ...

Arab foreign ministers discuss Jerusalem at Jordan meeting

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Arab foreign ministers met in Jordan on Saturday to discuss US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Following the meeting, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said the Saudi kingdom’s stance regarding Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine is fixed and has not changed. He added that strong cooperation with Jordan is what confronted Iran’s interferences in the region’s affairs. Meanwhile, Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman ...

US denies freezing $125 million in aid to Palestinian refugee agency

Saturday, 6 January 2018

The United States has frozen $125 million in funding for a U.N. agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees, Axios news site reported on Friday, but a State Department official said no decision had been made on the payment.Days after President Donald Trump threatened to withhold future aid payments to Palestinians, Axios said the funding was frozen until the U.S. government finishes its review of aid to the Palestinian Authority.The sum, a third of the annual U.S. donation to the United ...

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