US official says embassy expected to open in Jerusalem in May

Friday, 23 February 2018

The United States is expected to open its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May, a US official told Reuters on Friday, a move from Tel Aviv that reverses decades of US policy. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in contact with the US Administration and will respond if and when an American announcement is made on the planned US Embassy move to Jerusalem, an Israeli government source said on Friday. US President Donald Trump announced last year that the United States recognized ...

Nikki Haley: Mideast peace proposal nearly ready

Friday, 23 February 2018

The United States ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday that a proposal for a long awaited peace plan between Israelis and Palestinians is near completion. “I think they’re finishing it up,” Nikki Haley said, when asked about formulations of a Middle East peace proposal during an appearance at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. ALSO READ: West Bank settlers grew twice the rate of Israel’s overall population last year The news came a day after ...

Oman’s foreign minister visits Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

Friday, 16 February 2018

Oman’s Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi made a rare visit by such a senior Arab dignitary to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday and said the establishment of a Palestinian state was necessary to achieve stability and development in the region. Bin Alawi’s visit to pray at the third holiest site in the Islamic world was confirmed by Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, director of the Islamic Waqf in Jerusalem which is responsible for running the site inside Jerusalem’s walled Old ...

Israel begins distributing deportation notices to Africans, legalizes West Bank settlement

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Israeli authorities have begun distributing deportation notices to thousands of African migrants.In letters delivered Sunday, Israel says the migrants have 60 days to accept the offer to leave the country for an unnamed African destination in exchange for $3,500 and a plane ticket. Those who don’t by April 1 will be incarcerated indefinitely.Some 40,000 migrants, nearly all from Eritrea and Sudan, fled danger for the safety and opportunities of Israel in recent years. Many have expressed ...

Arab foreign ministers seek ‘multilateral’ process to revive Mideast peace talks

Friday, 2 February 2018

Arab foreign ministers on Thursday called for the creation of a UN-backed “multilateral mechanism” to help revive the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. The appeal was issued at the end of a two-day meeting to discuss US President Donald Trump’s December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital which has sparked Arab anger. Trump’s decision also to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv triggered deadly clashes in Palestinian ...

Israel sends Palestinian girl from West Bank to Gaza

Thursday, 1 February 2018

A Palestinian teenager from the West Bank arrested by Israel was sent to the Gaza Strip despite never having been there in her life, an NGO said Wednesday.Israeli rights group HaMoked said the 14-year-old girl, named only as Ghada, was arrested in Jerusalem on January 13 without a permit while visiting the Israeli-controlled city.While she is from a-Ram a few kilometres (miles) north of Jerusalem, her father is originally from Gaza, the Palestinian territory about 80 kilometres (some 50 miles) ...

In the wake of Trump’s Mideast policy, neutrality doesn’t help

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Donald Trump’s diplomatic style looks different than the political minefield, which virtually every American president had tried to navigate over the life of American engagement in the Palestinian–Israeli conflict. Tallying up the scorecard reveals the abysmal progress over decades of prodding the parties toward a viable and lasting peace. Trump’s remarks on Thursday in Davos, Switzerland ahead of his meeting with Israel’s Netanyahu saying that “We’ll see ...

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Israel gradually reopens embassy in Jordan after end of spat

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Israel says it is reopening its embassy in Jordan after the two countries put a months-long diplomatic spat behind them. Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said on Tuesday that there will be a “gradual reopening” of the embassy in Amman but that no ambassador has been appointed yet. The embassy was closed after a shooting last summer there in which two Jordanians were killed. Israel’s ambassador returned to Israel along with the guard involved in the shooting. The ...

Alienation drives young Palestinians beyond politics

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Confrontations between young Palestinians and Israeli soldiers have taken on a life of their own since Palestinian leaders called for protests against Donald Trump’s decision to treat Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.While Hamas, Fatah and other groups call for a weekly show of strength on Fridays, dozens of stone-throwers turn out along the border between Gaza and Israel every day, even when, as last Friday, a protest is called off due to bad weather.Some wear the colors of the various ...

Pence says US embassy in Jerusalem to open by end of 2019

Monday, 22 January 2018

US Vice President Mike Pence pledged Monday that his country would move its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “by the end” of 2019, a step fiercely opposed by Palestinians.In the same speech from the rostrum of the Israeli Parliament Pence urged the Palestinians to resume long-stalled peace talks with the Jewish state.“Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, and as such President Trump has directed the State Department to immediately begin preparations to move the United ...

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