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 ...

Saudi King, Crown Prince discuss Jerusalem issue with Jordanian King

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman held a session of official talks with King Abdullah of Jordan at his palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. They discussed the latest developments in the region, particularly those related to Jerusalem and the dangerous repercussions following the US decision recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving of its embassy to Jerusalem. They emphasized that the US decision will complicate the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in addition to the security and ...

On the road to Jerusalem

Monday, 11 December 2017

I understand Arab and Muslim anger and general anger of the American decision to transfer the US embassy to West Jerusalem after it recognized it as the capital of Israel. The word “Jerusalem” alone is enough to move general sentiment of Muslims in particular and of course of Christians and Jews. Jerusalem is the city of prayer, as Fairuz sang, and the soul’s capital where all three monotheistic religions meet. The image of Jerusalem’s mosques has been printed on Saudi ...

Mashari Althaydi

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 ...

Walid Jawad

US Vice President Pence responds to Palestinian refusal to hold meeting

Monday, 11 December 2017

Press Secretary for US Vice President Mike Pence Alyssa Farah said on Sunday that the Palestinians' refusal to meet with Pence is "walking away from an opportunity to discuss the future of the region." The statment added: "The administration remains undeterred in its efforts to achieve peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians and our peace team remains hard at work to put together a plan," according to the Jerusalem Post. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’ ...

Three held after attempted arson attack at Swedish synagogue

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Three people were arrested early on Sunday after an attempted arson attack at a synagogue in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, a spokeswoman for the Swedish Prosecution Authority said. There were no reports of injuries and the fire did not reach the synagogue or an adjacent meeting house where Jewish youths had gathered when the attack took place late on Saturday, Swedish media reported. The spokeswoman gave no motive for the attack. It was not clear if it was linked to the US recognition of ...

Israel claims it destroyed Hamas attack tunnel from Gaza

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Israeli forces on Sunday destroyed a "significant" cross-border attack tunnel from the Gaza Strip, which the military said was being dug by dominant Islamist group, Hamas. The announcement, cleared by Israeli censors who had previously barred reports of detection work around the central Gaza frontier, followed a surge of Palestinian unrest in response to last week's U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. It also came as Palestinian factions tried to meet Sunday's deadline ...

UAE minister: Limited Arab response to Jerusalem crisis is effect of Arab Spring

Sunday, 10 December 2017

The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash, tweeted on Sunday that Arab countries options are very limited in the face of the crisis that was US President Donald Trump’s announcement of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He goes on to say that this is a natural result of the polarization in the region caused by the Arab Spring. Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv received huge backlash from ...

Palestinian FM: Israel pressuring several states on Jerusalem recognition

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said on Saturday all options are open to the Palestinian command when dealing with the US’s recent move on Jerusalem and noted that Israel was pressuring other countries to also recognize Jerusalem as its capital. “The state of Palestine completely rejects the American decision. It’s illegitimate, illegal and null, and it reflects the American administration’s retreat from its international stance,” Maliki said during a ...

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