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February 22, 2006 | By Warren P. Strobel INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice began a campaign yesterday to forge a united front against Hamas, but Egypt broke ranks and said it opposed isolating the group that won control of the Palestinian government in elections last month. After meeting with Rice at the beginning of her three-nation Middle East tour, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit called for continued support for the Palestinian Authority while Hamas, which the United States considers a terrorist group, forms a government.
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February 20, 2006 | By Dion Nissenbaum INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
A day after Hamas took control of the Palestinian parliament, Israel's acting prime minister dubbed the new government a "terrorist authority" and cut off funds needed to keep the Palestinian Authority afloat. The action yesterday was part of stepped-up Israeli efforts to isolate the new Palestinian government led by Hamas, a group that refuses to accept Israel's right to exist. "Israel views the rise of Hamas as a dangerous milestone that turns the PA into a terrorist authority," Israeli acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said before his cabinet approved the new steps.
NEWS
May 23, 2006 | By James Kuhnhenn INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
The House is set to pass legislation today that would ban direct economic aid to the Palestinian government and restrict money to private groups that operate in Gaza and the West Bank. The measure is intended to isolate Hamas, which won parliamentary elections in January. The United States considers Hamas a terrorist group. The House measure has widespread support. The White House objects to the bill on grounds that it wants to retain flexibility in Middle East diplomacy. The measure also has split the Israel lobby in Washington.
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April 19, 2006 | By Dion Nissenbaum INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
Israel decided yesterday to take only limited steps against the Hamas-led Palestinian government, whose members defended the suicide bombing Monday that killed nine people in Tel Aviv. During a two-hour cabinet meeting, interim Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert revoked the Israeli residency of a handful of Hamas leaders who live in East Jerusalem, but he stopped short of ordering any immediate military retaliation for the bombing, the deadliest in Israel in two years. The muted response seemed intended to further isolate the new Palestinian government by avoiding anything that might win it sympathy.
NEWS
April 15, 2006 | By Hannah Allam INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday called Israel an "unending and unrestrained threat" to the Islamic world and urged regional leaders to support the cash-strapped Palestinian government. His remarks came at the opening of a two-day conference intended to rally support for the Palestinian cause. More than 600 delegates from 50 countries, including representatives from the extremist groups Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah, attended the opening ceremony. The United States and Europe cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority after Hamas, which Iran supports, won January elections.
NEWS
May 25, 2006 | By William Douglas INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told a joint session of Congress yesterday that Israel would draw its own borders in the West Bank if the Palestinian Authority proved incapable of being a partner in peace efforts. "We cannot wait for the Palestinians forever," Olmert told the gathering of House and Senate members. "Our deepest wish is to build a better future for our region, hand in hand with a Palestinian partner, but if not, we will move forward, but not alone," an apparent reference to the support extended by the White House the day before.
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June 16, 2006 | By Jonathan S. Landay INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
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.
NEWS
December 23, 2011 | By Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press
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.
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January 14, 2013 | By Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
April 24, 2006 | By Dion Nissenbaum INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
Five weeks ago, Omar Abdel-Razeq was one of hundreds of nameless Hamas activists rounded up by Israeli soldiers and thrown in jail for being part of the militant group. Now the U.S.-educated professor, who was appointed finance minister of the fledgling Hamas-led Palestinian government, is at the forefront of frantic efforts to stave off imminent financial collapse. "The world has the example of Somalia, when the government collapsed, and you had 16 years of political chaos," Abdel-Razeq warned Wednesday in an interview in his Ramallah office.
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January 14, 2013 | By Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 23, 2011 | By Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
November 15, 2011 | By Amy Teibel, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
June 16, 2006 | By Jonathan S. Landay INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
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.
NEWS
June 15, 2006 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
June 7, 2006 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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