January 14, 2013 |
CAIRO - The Palestinian prime minister warned Sunday that his government could fail to meet its obligations to its people because of a cash crunch, and urged Arab countries to deliver on promised aid. Salam Fayyad met with Arab League members to discuss ways to raise the $100 million they pledged earlier to his Palestinian Authority. Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby said seven countries have responded favorably, but he did not name them. League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo decided to dispatch a delegation to the region to raise the funds the Palestinian government needs to make ends meet.
December 6, 2012
Are political leaders in Jerusalem contemplating the dire cost to Israel if the prospects for a two-state solution come to an end? It doesn't seem so. This week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed new Jewish settlement projects in and around Jerusalem that will effectively bisect the West Bank. They will also sever the physical link between the Palestinian territories and Jerusalem. If carried out, these projects will make it impossible to establish a viable, contiguous Palestinian state alongside Israel.
June 1, 2012
Israel gives over extremists' bodies GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - In an effort to renew long-stalled peace talks, Israel on Thursday handed over to the Palestinian government the remains of 91 extremists who had been killed while carrying out suicide bombings and other attacks. The bodies had been buried in coffins in Israel and were dug up for the transfer. Seventy-nine were transported to Ramallah, which is run by the Palestinian Authority, and 12 to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, which is run by the rival Islamic extremist group Hamas.
December 23, 2011 |
CAIRO - The rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas took an important step Thursday toward reconciliation, announcing plans for the Islamic Hamas to join the umbrella group that has overseen two decades of on-and-off peace talks with Israel. The deal to admit Hamas into the Fatah-dominated Palestine Liberation Organization could have deep repercussions. Hamas has opposed the talks and rejects Israel's right to exist. A strong Hamas voice in the group would further complicate the troubled Mideast diplomatic process.
November 15, 2011 |
JERUSALEM - Israeli cabinet ministers decided Monday to hold on to $100 million in taxes owed to the Palestinians, an official said, despite warnings from Israel's Defense Ministry that the measure could threaten the stability of the Palestinian government in the West Bank. Israel stopped transfer of tax funds to punish the Palestinians' successful bid for admission to the United Nations' cultural agency UNESCO, part of a larger effort to gain admission as a state in the world body.
September 23, 2011
It's not unusual to see domestic politics play an oversized role in international relations, but that doesn't make it any easier to stomach. It has been sickening to watch both Republicans and Democrats put their personal election ambitions above everything else as they play a game of "Who Loves You More?" with Israel. Too often, you can't get a Democrat and Republican to agree on the time of day in Congress, but dozens have joined hands in a misguided effort to punish the Palestinian government for unilaterally seeking recognition as a state by the United Nations.
March 29, 2009
By Matt Beynon Rees. Soho Crime. 310 pp. $24 Reviewed by Peter Rozovsky Matt Rees' third crime novel set in the Palestinian territories is more didactic than his first two, more deliberately a lesson in Palestinian history and an attack on abuses within Palestinian politics. Fair enough; the history into which Rees delves is little known, lost amid the area's great, headline-grabbing struggles: Israelis vs. Palestinians and Fatah vs. Hamas. And this book's setting, the city of Nablus - far more ancient than the Palestinians themselves - is far less known than Bethlehem or Gaza City.
June 16, 2006 |
Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel said yesterday that he hoped high-level Israeli and Palestinian officials would come together to explore ways of restarting peace efforts at a conference of Nobel laureates next week in Jordan. "I have much hope for movement," he said in a telephone interview. Thirty Nobel Prize winners are to meet in the Jordanian city of Petra on Tuesday and Wednesday to consider ways in which they might use their influence and moral authority to help find solutions to some of the world's most dire problems.
June 15, 2006 |
Infighting that has claimed more than 20 Palestinian lives in the last two months is continuing with fresh violence in the Gaza Strip, pushing Palestinians closer to an all-but-inevitable civil war that could soon explode between security forces loyal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and extremist militias loyal to Hamas. "Let's put it this way: There are internal and external conditions that make that possibility imminent," said Palestinian political analyst Hisham Ahmed, anticipating even more deadly clashes in a potentially long, hot summer.
June 7, 2006 |
A potential crisis was averted yesterday, at least temporarily, when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas extended his deadline to get Hamas - the extremist group in charge of Palestinian government - to recognize Israel. The extension delayed a possible showdown between Hamas and Abbas' Fatah party over a document drafted last month by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. The document calls for a Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza Strip within borders that existed between Israel and the Palestinian territories before the 1967 Six-Day War and implicitly recognizes Israel's right to exist.