Why are prominent Jewish figures visiting Qatar?

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Three major Jewish leaders, Malcolm Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents, Rabbi Menachem Genack of the Orthodox Union and Martin Oliner of the Religious Zionists of America, have recently visited Doha, the capital of Qatar, according to a news article. This comes following reports that Qatar has paid a large sum of money to hire a Jewish-owned Washington PR and lobbying firm to make inroads in the Jewish community, and propagate a different image of itself and an ally of the United States. ...

Israeli tank, aircraft hit Gaza after rocket fire

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The Israeli military said it hit the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers with tank and aircraft fire after Palestinians launched rockets at southern Israel on Monday.At least two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, with the second intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, the army said.After the first rocket was fired, the army issued a statement saying that in response, “a tank and the Israel Air Force targeted Hamas military posts in the southern Gaza ...

Israel strike kills two Palestinians at Hamas base, Gaza official says

Saturday, 9 December 2017

An Israeli air strike on a Gaza base of Hamas's military wing killed two people on Saturday, security officials of the territory's Palestinian Islamist leaders said. The strike on a base in Nusseirat in the central Gaza Strip, one of several in the early hours, came amid protests across the Palestinian territories against US President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza named the men as Mahmud al-Atal, 28 and Mohammed ...

Hamas threatens ‘intifada’ over US moves on Jerusalem

Sunday, 3 December 2017

The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas which controls Gaza called Saturday for a new “intifada” if Washington recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or moves its embassy to the disputed city.Reports in Washington have suggested US President Donald Trump may on Monday fulfil a campaign pledge on the American embassy, which like all other foreign missions is currently located in the coastal city of Tel Aviv.“We warn against such a move and call on the Palestinian people ...

Hamas, Fatah agree on Palestinian elections by end of 2018

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas in Cairo agreed on Wednesday to hold the general Palestinian elections by the end of 2018. The factions also authorised the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to set a date for the elections. The deal was announced by Azzam al-Ahmad, head of the Fatah delegation, in Cairo on Wednesday. Negotiators have been meeting for two days on the implementation of further steps towards unity. Fatah, which controls the West Bank, lost control of Gaza to Hamas in ...

UN envoy: Conflict likely if Palestinians fail to agree

Monday, 20 November 2017

The UN’s Mideast envoy says reconciliation talks between Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas must succeed, warning that failure “will most likely result in another devastating conflict.”Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council Monday that “critical intra-Palestinian talks” are scheduled to open in Cairo on Tuesday.He said the Oct. 12 agreement between the rivals, aimed at restoring the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority’s rule in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip ...

Gaza border opens under PA control for first time in a decade

Saturday, 18 November 2017

 The Egypt-Gaza border opened under control of the Western-backed Palestinian Authority for the first time since 2007 on Saturday, raising residents’ hopes for easier passage in and out of the impoverished enclave. An Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal last month formally restored Palestinian President Abbas’s administrative control of Gaza, including its border crossings with Israel and Egypt, after a 10-year schism with Islamist Hamas. Palestinians hope the pact will ease ...

Hamas must disarm under unity deal: Palestinian police chief

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The head of the Palestinian police said Wednesday that Hamas must disarm to allow a landmark reconciliation deal signed last month with rivals Fatah to succeed.Hazem Atallah’s comments came as cracks began to show in the Palestinian reconciliation deal mediated by Egypt over the issue of security control of the Gaza Strip.The Palestinian Authority (PA) is due to retake control of the Gaza Strip, currently still run by Islamist movement Hamas, by December 1.“We are talking about one ...

Hamas hands over Egypt border crossing to Palestinian Authority

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Hamas handed over control of the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt to the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday in a first key test of a Palestinian reconciliation accord agreed last month, an Agence France-Presse journalist said. Nazmi Muhanna, the Palestinian Authority's top official for border crossings, and his Hamas counterpart signed an agreement that will see the internationally recognized authority take control of the border with Egypt. An AFP journalist also saw Hamas installations at a ...

Palestinian reconciliation ... anew!

Monday, 30 October 2017

Finally, the Palestinians reconcile with Fatah and Hamas agreeing to unite. I do not know how many times have they joined forces but the important aspect is they are reconciling. Egypt had put all its political weight and pressed the parties to reach a settlement. Now everyone has his hand on his heart for fear of failure of this agreement as many of the earlier agreements on rapprochement has failed. The situation of Palestinian inter-factional conflict is a sad picture of the most important ...

Hussein Shobokshi

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