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U.N. calls for '2 state' solution to be respected in Middle East

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The UN reiterates its support for a solution 'where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders'

UNREST. Palestinians shout slogans against the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. Photo by Mohammed Abad/AFP

Israeli warplanes hit Gaza, Syria after Palestinian rocket barrage

Feb 24, 2020 - 9:12 AM

The Israeli military says it had struck 'dozens' of Islamic Jihad targets throughout Gaza

EXPLOSION. A ball of fire is seen following an Israel airstrike at Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip early on February 23, 2020. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Israel plans new east Jerusalem settlement – watchdog

Feb 19, 2020 - 9:25 AM

Peace Now says the plan 'also includes the demolition of dozens of Palestinian residential units that were built in the area without permits throughout the years'

CONTROVERSIAL. A picture taken on December 13, 2017, shows the Israeli and US flags placed on the roof of an Israeli settlement building in East Jerusalem and Jerusalem's Old City with the Dome of the Rock mosque in the center. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Pompeo says settlement report shows U.N.'s 'unrelenting anti-Israel bias'

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:01 AM

This is in response to the UN's list of 112 companies with activities in Israeli settlements, including major US firms Airbnb, Expedia, and TripAdvisor

SETTLED. Israeli soldiers walk along the buildings of the Jewish settlement of Modiin Illit on January 31, 2020. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Palestinian leader warns U.N. on Trump's 'Swiss cheese' peace

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:12 AM

'Who among you would accept such a state?' Abbas asks, as he warns that Israel would create an 'apartheid' situation if it moves ahead with annexation

MAPS. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas holds a placard showing maps of (L to R) historical Palestine, the 1947 United Nations partition plan on Palestine, the 1948-1967 borders between the Palestinian territories and Israel, and a current map of the Palestinian territories without Israeli-annexed areas and settlements. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Lacking support, Palestinians pull request for U.N. vote against Trump plan

Feb 11, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The Trump administration has put heavy pressure on critics of the Israel-friendly Middle East plan, diplomats say

'REGRETTABLE DECISION.' A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta on July 11 2018. File Photo by Hazem Bader/AFP

Pan-Islamic body O.I.C. rejects Trump's Middle East plan

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:57 AM

The pan-Islamic body represents more than 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide

DRACULA. Palestinians carry a mock coffin bearing the portrait of US President Donald Trump during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Nablus on January 28, 2020. Photo by Jaafar Ashitiyeh/AFP

No Palestinian recognition if peace plan goals unmet – Kushner

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:29 AM

Trump's son-in-law says that if Palestinians are unable to meet the conditions of the plan he crafted, Israel should not take 'the risk to recognize them as a state'

KUSHNER. This handout picture provided by the US Embassy in Jerusalem shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shaking hands with the US president's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner in the holy city on May 30, 2019. Photo by Matty Stern/AFP

Arab League rejects Trump's Mideast plan

Feb 01, 2020 - 11:33 PM

The pan-Arab bloc convenes in Cairo days after the US unveils its plan which is seen as favoring Israel

REJECT. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas holds a placard showing maps of  historical Palestine, the 1947 United Nations partition plan on Palestine, the 1948-1967 borders between the Palestinian territories and Israel, and a current map of the Palestinian territories without Israeli-annexed areas and settlements, as he attends an Arab League emergency meeting discussing the US-brokered proposal for a settlement of the Middle East conflict at the league headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo on February 1, 2020. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Palestinians protest against Trump's Middle East peace plan

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:45 AM

The terms of the plan are roundly rejected by Palestinian leaders, with president Mahmud Abbas vowing the proposal would end up in the dustbin of history

DRACULA. Palestinians carry a mock coffin bearing the portrait of US President Donald Trump during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Nablus on January 28, 2020. Photo by Jaafar Ashitiyeh/AFP

How the world is reacting to Trump's Middle East plan

Jan 29, 2020 - 9:14 AM

The plan ignites a furious rebuke from key Muslim countries who denounce it as betrayal of the Palestinians

ANTI. Palestinian demonstrators chant slogans against US President Donald Trump during a protest against his expected announcement of a peace plan, in Rafah in the southern Gaza strip on January 28, 2020. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Trump backs Israel, offers limited Palestinian state, in plan

Jan 29, 2020 - 8:07 AM

Here are some of the major points of Trump's plan, which he presented alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and which the Palestinian leadership quickly criticized

CONFLICT. A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron and to be relocated in another area, on July 11 2018. File Photo by Hazem Bader/AFP

Trump ignores critics, to unveil Israel-Palestinian peace plan

Jan 28, 2020 - 9:48 AM

Netanyahu, praising Trump as 'the greatest friend that Israel's had in the White House,' describes the peace plan as 'the deal of the century'

SLAMMING TRUMP. Palestinian demonstrators chant slogans against US President Donald Trump during a protest against his expected announcement of a peace plan, in Rafah in the southern Gaza strip on January 28, 2020. Photo by said Khatib AFP

Trump to present long-delayed Middle East peace plan

Jan 24, 2020 - 9:12 AM

Trump repeatedly boasts that he is the most pro-Israeli US president in history

WAR. A Palestinian fighter from Ezz-Al Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, checks debris at the site of an Israeli air strike in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip December 26, 2019.  Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Gaza protests against Israel suspended for 3 months – organizers

Dec 26, 2019 - 10:53 PM

The weekly protests began in March 2018, calling for an end to Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip and for Palestinians to be allowed to return to their ancestral homes inside the Jewish state

THE OLD GAZA PROTESTS. Palestinian demonstrators run away from the fence during protests along the border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip on July 12, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket fire – army

Dec 26, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The army says the 'projectile was fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory and was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system'

DEBRIS. A Palestinian fighter from Ezz-Al Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, checks debris at the site of an Israeli air strike in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on December 26, 2019. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

ICC prosecutor announces probe into 'war crimes' in Palestinian territories

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:40 PM

'War crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip,' says Prosecutor Fatou Besouda

Israel expels Human Rights Watch country director

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:26 AM

Israel accuses American citizen Omar Shakir, the New York-based rights group's director for Israel and the Palestinian territories, of supporting a boycott of the Jewish state

EXPELLED. American citizen Omar Shakir, the director of the New York-based Human Rights Watch for Israel and the Palestinian territories, waves ahead of entering the departures area at Ben Gurion airport on November 25, 2019, after being expelled from Israel. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Israelis celebrate, Palestinians rail against U.S. settlement move

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:09 PM

The decision is the latest in a series of pro-Israeli moves by Donald Trump's administration

ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS. A picture taken on November 19, 2019 from the Palestinian village of Kifl Hares shows the Israeli Jewish settlement of Revava. Photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

In new pro-Israel shift, U.S. no longer calls settlements illegal

Nov 19, 2019 - 9:24 AM

US State secretary Mike Pompeo tells reporters, the US has concluded that 'the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law'

Israeli soldiers stand guard next to the site where the body of an Israeli soldier was found with multiple stabs near the settlement of Migdal Oz in the occupied West Bank on August 8, 2019. - An Israeli soldier's body was found with multiple stab wounds near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank in what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a "terrorist" attack. The incident sparked a manhunt by security forces and risked boosting Israeli-Palestinian tensions weeks ahead of September 17 Israeli polls. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

Israel to probe 'unexpected' civilian casualties in Gaza strike

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:10 AM

Thirty-four Palestinians are dead after a strike targeting Islamic Jihad in Gaza

Palestinian rockets are being fired from Gaza city on November 12, 2019. - Israel's military killed a commander for Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a strike on his home in the Gaza Strip, officials said, prompting retaliatory rocket fire. (Photo by BASHAR TALEB / AFP)

Exchange of fire after Israel kills Palestinian commander in Gaza

Nov 12, 2019 - 2:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Israel launches air strikes in response to barrages of retaliatory rocket fire, with the Gazan health ministry reporting 4 people have been killed and 25 wounded in the Palestinian enclave

ROCKET FIRE. Palestinian rockets are being fired from Gaza city on November 12, 2019. Photo by Bashar Taleb/AFP

Israel strikes kill 1 in Gaza after first rockets in weeks

Nov 02, 2019 - 11:30 PM

Gaza Islamist rulers, Hamas, says the 'Zionist enemy bears full responsibility' of the pre-dawn air raids

AIRSTRIKE. Palestinian men walk behind a greenhouse damaged by an Israeli airstrike launched in response to rocket fire, in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on November 2, 2019. AFP photo

Banned from visiting Palestine by Israel? There's an app for that

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:59 PM

A new virtual reality application is launched to give everyone the chance to tour specific sites in the Palestinian Territories

PALESTINE VR. Salem Barameh, executive director of the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy, watches a video on the computer for 'Palestine VR,' a new application allowing users to virtually visit key Palestinian sites with local tour guides, on October 10, 2019 in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Led by Sanders, Democrats vow to press Israel on Palestinian state

Oct 29, 2019 - 2:41 PM

Bernie Sanders accuses both Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of fomenting division

BERNIE SANDERS. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during the 2019 J Street National Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC on October 28, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

All agreements off if Israel annexes territory, Abbas warns at U.N.

Sep 27, 2019 - 8:09 AM

'Our response, if any Israeli government is to proceed with this plan, is that all signed agreements with the government of the occupation and any obligations therein will be terminated,' says Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas speaks at the Palestinian Peace and Freedom Forum, which was created by the Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society, in Ramallah in the West Bank on February 6, 2019, with the attendance of Israeli activists. (Photo by ABBAS MOMANI / AFP)

Q&A: What would Israel annexing the Jordan Valley mean?

Sep 12, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Benjamin Netanyahu's pledge, a week ahead of a closely fought general election, is controversial but what would it actually mean?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points at a map of the Jordan Valley as he gives a statement in Ramat Gan, near the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on September 10, 2019. - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a deeply controversial pledge on September 10 to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if re-elected in September 17 polls. He also reiterated his intention to annex Israeli settlements throughout the West Bank if re-elected, though in coordination with US President Donald Trump, whose long-awaited peace plan is expected to be unveiled sometime after the vote. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

As Israel returns to polls, Palestinian democracy in stasis

Sep 09, 2019 - 1:20 PM

When Israelis vote next week it will be the 6th general election since Palestinians last had the chance to cast ballots in parliamentary polls more than 13 years ago

Palestinian dies of wounds from Gaza-Israel border clashes

Aug 31, 2019 - 8:54 PM

At least 306 Palestinians have been killed since March 2018 by Israeli fire

BORDER CLASHES. Palestinian protesters flee from tear gas canisters fired by Israeli forces during clashes following a demonstration along the border with Israel near Bureij in the central Gaza Strip on August 30, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP

Palestinians to file complaint over Honduras' recognizing Jerusalem

Aug 30, 2019 - 1:30 PM

President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras announces that his country would open a diplomatic office in Jerusalem

PROTEST. The Palestinian national flag on the slope of the hill in the city of Rawabi built in the West bank. Shutterstock.com

Jared Kushner visits after Israel okays homes for Palestinians, settlers

Aug 01, 2019 - 8:08 AM

Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, visits Jordan and Israel

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 23, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump's senior advisor Jared Kushner during a welcome ceremony at the presidential palace in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.  President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, made a pre-inauguration proposal to the Russian ambassador to set up a secret, bug-proof communications line with the Kremlin, the Washington Post reported Friday evening, May 26, 2017. Kushner, then and now a close adviser to Trump, went so far as to suggest using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States to protect such a channel from being monitored, the Post said, quoting US officials briefed on intelligence reports.    / AFP PHOTO / Thomas COEX

Hamas official condemned after calling on Palestinians to kill Jews

Jul 15, 2019 - 11:10 PM

(UPDATED) In video from a speech to participants of weekly protests on Friday, July 12, Fathi Hamad, a member of the movement's top political body, can be seen calling on Palestinians across the globe to carry out attacks

U.S. kicks off Mideast plan, with Palestinians boycotting

Jun 25, 2019 - 4:41 PM

For now, its plan will open over cocktails and dinner Tuesday evening in Bahrain at an intimate two-day 'economic workshop' at a luxury hotel overlooking the Gulf

DENOUNCING THE PLAN. A picture taken on June 16, 2019, shows a poster in Gaza City denouncing the US Middle East peace plan dubbed the "deal of the century". Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Palestinians reject U.S.-Bahrain peace plan as Israel advises 'surrender'

Jun 24, 2019 - 11:38 PM

The Peace to Prosperity economic workshop that begins June 25 is billed as the start of a new approach that will later include political solutions to the long intractable Middle East conflict

PROTEST. Palestinian demonstrators carry caricatures, during a protest against the US-led Peace to Prosperity conference that opens tomorrow in Bahrain, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on June 24, 2019. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Arabs renew pledge to give Palestinians $100M in aid monthly

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Arab foreign ministers also insist on the 'complete Arab support to the Palestinian state's economic, political, and financial independence'

Palestinians wave the flags of Egypt and Palestine as they gather in Gaza City to celebrate after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reached an agreement on ending a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt on October 12, 2017. Details of the agreement have not yet been released and a press conference was being planned in the Egyptian capital. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Israel to attend U.S. Mideast peace conference – minister

Jun 17, 2019 - 3:59 PM

'Israel will be represented at the Bahrain economic workshop in a way that will be decided later on,' Foreign Minister Israel Katz writes on Twitter

PEACE CONFERENCE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) listens to Israel Katz at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on May 12, 2019. Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP

Germany says 2 states 'only solution' to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Jun 09, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Heiko Maas reaffirms his country's support for a two-state solution ahead of a long-awaited United States peace plan

PROTEST. A Palestinian demonstrator, wearing the traditional checkered keffiyeh, sets makeshift US, Israeli and British flags during a protest in Gaza City on January 29, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Abed / AFP

U.S. envoy: Israel has 'right' to annex West Bank land

Jun 08, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Palestinians have rejected the plan before it has even been unveiled, seeing US President Donald Trump as irredeemably biased for Israel

SETTLEMENTS. A view of the Jabal al-Baba Bedouin encampment, near the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the occupied West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem, with the settlement appearing in the background. File photo by Ahmad Gaharabli/AFP

Kushner suggests Palestinians not ready to govern themselves

Jun 03, 2019 - 4:02 PM

In an interview with Axios, Jared Kushner says the Palestinians 'need to have a fair judicial system... freedom of press, freedom of expression, tolerance for all religions' before the Palestinian territories can become 'investable'

JARED KUSHNER. This handout picture provided by the US Embassy in Jerusalem, shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shaking hands with the US president's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner in the holy city on May 30, 2019. Photo by Matty Stern/US Embassy Jerusalem/AFP

Clashes erupt at flashpoint Jerusalem holy site

Jun 02, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The incident between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli police took place as Israel marked Jerusalem Day, which this year coincided with the final days of Ramadan

AL-ASQA MOSQUE. Clashes erupt between Muslim worshipers and Jewish visitors who visted the Al-Asqa Mosque for the end of Ramadan and Jerusalem day, respectively. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Iran rejects U.S. Mideast peace plan at Quds Day rally

May 31, 2019 - 11:35 PM

During Quds Day commemorations, demonstrators burn US and Israeli flags and effigies of US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

QUDS DAY. Iranians burn an effigy of US President Donald Trump during a parade marking al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day in Tehran on May 31, 2019. AFP photo

U.N. agency for Palestinians rejects U.S. call to dismantle it

May 24, 2019 - 11:26 PM

'The fact that UNRWA still exists today is an illustration of the failure of the parties and the international community to resolve the issue politically – and one cannot deflect the attention onto a humanitarian organization'

Palestinians wave the flags of Egypt and Palestine as they gather in Gaza City to celebrate after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reached an agreement on ending a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt on October 12, 2017. Details of the agreement have not yet been released and a press conference was being planned in the Egyptian capital. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Palestinians confirm will not attend U.S.-led meeting in Bahrain

May 23, 2019 - 7:25 AM

'This is a collective Palestinian position, from President Mahmud Abbas and the PLO Executive Committee to all Palestinian political movements and factions, national figures, private sector and civil society'

A Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli troops during a demonstration near the border with Israel, east of Gaza City, on May 10, 2019.  Said KHATIB / AFP

Palestinians say truce reached with Israel to end deadly escalation

May 06, 2019 - 1:11 PM

An Israeli military spokeswoman declines to comment on the deal, but there appears to be no rocket fire or Israeli strikes after it was due to take effect

ROCKET ATTACK. Israeli emergency personnel gather at the site of rocket attack in the southern Israeli town of Ashdod on May 5, 2019. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Netanyahu vows more 'massive strikes' in response to Gaza rockets

May 05, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu orders the military to reinforce troops around the Gaza Strip with tanks, artillery, and infantry forces

WAR CONTINUES. Smoke billows above buildings in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip during an Israeli airstrike on the Palestinian coastal enclave, on May 4, 2019. Photo bv Said Khatib/AFP

Dozens of rockets fired from Gaza, Israeli response kills one

May 04, 2019 - 10:41 PM

Due to the rocket fire, Israel closes its people and goods crossings with Gaza as well as the zone it allows for fishermen off the enclave until further notice

RESPONSE. Smoke billows above buildings in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip during an Israeli airstrike on the Palestinian coastal enclave, on May 4, 2019. Gaza militants fired dozens of rockets at Israel today, which responded with strikes that killed a Palestinian, officials said. Photo bv Said Khatib/AFP

Kushner: Mideast plan to come after Ramadan

Apr 24, 2019 - 8:13 AM

Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law, says he would present his long-awaited Middle East peace proposal around June and that it would include a 'robust business plan' for the Palestinians

Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner speaks during the Time 100 Summit event April 23, 2019 in New York. Kushner said that he would present his long-awaited Middle East peace plan after the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan ends in early June. Don Emmert / AFP

Netanyahu won't move 'even one' settler for U.S. peace plan

Apr 06, 2019 - 11:02 PM

If a measure involving eviction from settlements is tabled, Israel would pull out of Washington's plan, according to Netanyahu

ISRAEL PM. In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the press on February 28, 2019, at his residency in Jerusalem. Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP

Palestinian killed in clash with Israeli military – ministry

Apr 02, 2019 - 3:33 PM

The Israeli army says it will investigate the incident

POSITION. Israeli soldiers gather at a position over an earth barrier along the border with the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz across the border from the Gaza Strip on March 30, 2019, as Palestinians (background) protest to mark the first anniversary of the 'March of Return' protests. Photo by Jack Guez / AFP

Israel reopens Gaza crossings closed for days after rocket strike

Mar 31, 2019 - 7:06 PM

The reopening comes a day after Palestinians protested along the Gaza border with Israel to mark the one-year anniversary since demonstrations and clashes erupted there

AT THE BORDER. This picture taken on March 30, 2019 from the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz across the border from the Gaza Strip, shows Israeli military vehicles keeping position at the border fence, as Palestinians, waving national flags, demonstrate to mark the first anniversary of the 'March of Return' protests. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP