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Having brought Hamas into PA gov’t, Abbas resumes security cooperation with Israel

After suspending security coordination with Israel almost 4 months ago in reaction to Israel’s policies on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, PA despot Abbas has decided to resume its security coordination since Hamas is now part of their newly unified government.

By Reuters


Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s administration said on Wednesday it had resumed security coordination with Israel in the West Bank, frozen in July, and sought sole security control of the Gaza Strip, where Hamas Islamist forces dominate.

Palestinian Civil Police, Gen. Hazem Atallah – Photo: COURTESY ISRAEL POLICE

The remarks, by the Palestinian police chief, left open the question of how Abbas might bring his former rivals in Hamas to heel given their refusal to disarm as demanded by Israel and the United States. Continue Reading »

Trump Envoy Catapults Israeli-Palestinian Water Deal Previously Stalled for Years

Signed by Jordan in 2015, President Trump’s US envoy Jason Greenblatt hailed the Palestinian signing of the historic water/power agreement by saying this deal “will lead to economic improvement in the lives of the Palestinians.”



US Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt announced Thursday that Israel and the Palestinians have reached an agreement concerning the long-discussed Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal, which includes the sale of 33 million cubic meters of water to the Palestinian Authority to relieve the water situation there.

Greenblatt, at a press conference with Regional Cooperation Minister Tzahi Hanegbi and PA Water Authority head Mazen Ghuneim, said this agreement and the accord signed Monday between Israel and the PA that will significantly increase the power supply to Jenin are examples of how the two sides can cooperate to improve Palestinian living conditions. Continue Reading »

FIFA Chief Tells Netanyahu He Opposes Palestinian Bid to Oust Israel From Football Association

FIFA president Blatter meets Netanyahu in Jerusalem saying, “Football has the power to construct bridges. Football shall unite people & not divide people.”
Palestinian official responded, claiming Israel ‘leading world by nose because of Holocaust.’

By David Ben Shimol


During a visit to Israel on Tuesday, FIFA President Sepp Blatter voiced his objections to an upcoming vote initiated by the Palestinian Football Association to suspend the Israeli FA from participation in international soccer competitions.

Eini, Netanyahu, Blatter, and Regev (Photo: GPO)
Eini, Netanyahu, Blatter, and Regev (Photo: GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warmly welcomed Blatter to Israel when the two met in Jerusalem. “I want to praise you for opposing the politicizing of sport.
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Palestinians refuse to drop petition to suspend Israel from FIFA

FIFA President to meet with PM Netanyahu over Palestinian bid to eject Israel from football association.

By i24news


FIFA President Sepp Blatter will travel to the Middle East to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top Palestinian officials in a bid to head off a Palestinian bid to expel Israel from the sport’s governing body, FIFA said in a statement Sunday.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter is targeting a fifth term in office – Photo: Michael Buholzer/AFP

However, the Palestine FA (PFA) will not drop its proposal for a vote at the FIFA Congress to suspend Israel from international football although it will continue to pursue dialogue, its president Jibril Rajoub told Reuters on Sunday. Continue Reading »

Palestinian Power Company Reneges on Israel-Palestine Natural Gas Contract

After delays by Israel’s Antitrust Authority to make decisions, Palestine Power Generation Co decided to cancel its $1.2-billion Leviathan contract with the Delek Group & Noble Energy.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


An Israeli partner in the Leviathan offshore gas field said on Wednesday a Palestinian Arab company had cancelled a $1.2-billion supply contract, citing delays by Israel’s Antitrust Authority.

Delek said it had informed the Tel Aviv stock exchange that a 20-year contract it had signed with the Palestine Power Generation Co was cancelled by the Arabs on Tuesday, reports AFP.

Delek said this was because of “non-fulfillment of the conditions precedent set forth in the agreement, and essentially non-receipt of the approval of the Antitrust Authority, the delay in approving the development plan of the Leviathan project as well as other regulatory approvals required by law.”

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Palestine newest observers at International Criminal Court

New status is said to be first step toward joining the world’s international war crimes tribunal in order to later press charges against Israel for alleged war crimes.

By The Associated Press


The Palestinians have become observers at the summit meeting of the 122 countries that are members of the International Criminal Court, a move they say is a step toward joining the world’s permanent war crimes tribunal.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Sept. 22, 2014.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas acknowledges the audience after delivering a speech at Cooper Union, Sept. 22, 2014.- Photo: AP

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to seek membership in the ICC in order to press charges against Israel for alleged war crimes. Continue Reading »

Removal of 140,000 tons of rubble in Gaza City neighborhood begins

Sweden steps up to pay for the 1st project to clear away wreckage from the summer’s ‘Operation Protective Edge’.

By The Associated Press


The first large-scale project to remove tons of rubble in the Gaza Strip left over from this summer’s fighting between the Islamic militant group Hamas and Israel began on Wednesday, a significant step forward in rebuilding the war-torn area.

Rubble of destroyed buildings from the 50-day conflict between Hamas and Israel.

Rubble of destroyed buildings from the 50-day conflict between Hamas and Israel, Shijaiyah neighborhood, Gaza Strip, Oct. 12 ,2014. – Photo: AFP

The project is taking place in Gaza City’s Shijaiyah neighborhood, an area that was devastated during the fighting. Continue Reading »

Sheldon Adelson: Palestinians are fictitious nation made-up only to destroy Israel

At the 1st conference of Israeli-American Council, casino mogul suggested he and Israeli billionaire Haim Saban should buy The New York Times together in an effort to bring more balance & objectivity to its  anti-Israel coverage.



Billionaire casino mogul and conservative donor Sheldon Adelson said Sunday that the Palestinians are a made-up nation which exists solely to attempt to destroy Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Sheldon Adelson

Sheldon Adelson, left, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. – Photo: Tess Scheflan

“The purpose of the existence of Palestinians is to destroy Israel,” Adelson said Sunday at the close of the first conference of the Israeli-American Council, a Los Angeles-based group aimed at serving Israeli Americans and supporting Israel.

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EU’s new foreign policy chief wants a Palestinian state within next 5 years

Federica Mogherini, who took over from Catherine Ashton on Saturday as EU foreign policy chief, says reaching Israeli-Palestinian peace will be main goal of her term.


The European Union’s new foreign policy chief said on Monday that she wants to see the creation of a Palestinian state by the end of her five-year term in office.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini  in Brussels, November 4, 2014

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels, November 4, 2014 – Photo: Reuters

Federica Mogherini told reporters that one of her main goals will be to work toward peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and that she intends the EU to be more intimately involved in the Middle East than in the past. Continue Reading »

Trilateral water swapping arrangements signed by Jordan, Palestinians & Israel


The signed understanding includes a 200-kilometer pipeline to carry residual salt brine from the planed desalination plant in Aqaba, to a diminishing Dead Sea.



A major trilateral water understanding signed by Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian parties in December is moving forward slowly but surely – as tender preparations for an Aqaba desalination facility begin to materialize, high level Israeli sources told The Jerusalem Post last week.

Tap water

Tap water [illustrative]. – Photo: INIMAGE

The project in question involves a memorandum of understanding signed on December 9, in which senior officials from the three governments met at the World Bank headquarters in Washington to advance cross-border water swaps and an eventual funneling of Red Sea brines to a shrinking Dead Sea. Continue Reading »

Poll: Majority of Likud voters want PM to insure future Palestine state


According to the survey 2/3 of the Israeli public believes a violent confrontation will engulf the region if a final-status agreement is not reached in the coming few years.




A majority of voters who supported Likud Beytenu believe that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should launch a diplomatic initiative that would eventually yield a Palestinian state alongside Israel, according to a new poll commissioned by the Geneva Initiative.

Binyamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addresses Likud supporters. – Photo: REUTER

The survey, which was done for the Geneva Initiative by New Wave Research, found that 53 percent of Israelis who cast their votes for the ruling party and a majority of the general public (58 percent) believe that the government should make a renewed push toward a settlement with the Palestinians in the wake of the seven-week military campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Continue Reading »

In rebuttal to Archbishop Tutu: Focusing on Israel to blame won’t bring peace

You missed the point: The Arab-Israeli conflict isn’t just a struggle for liberation, it’s for survival. It’s not apartheid-era South Africa redux, which is why your boycott ‘cure’ isn’t and won’t work.


Dear Archbishop Tutu,

Recently, you addressed the people of Israel in Haaretz (“My plea to the people of Israel: Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine”) explaining why the methods of boycott and divestment used in South Africa should be applied to the situation in Israel-Palestine. You offered your own impressive personal testimony, grounded in your substantial contribution in the fields of religion, peacemaking, society building and more – to validate the growing movement aimed at isolating Israel in the international community.

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Hamas orders Palestinians to erase all security camera tapes


PA President Abbas’ office orders all Palestinian security forces to relay any information that could be useful in returning the kidnapped Jewish teens to the IDF.

Islamic Jihad member calls PA coordination with the IDF “akin to betrayal.”

By Daniel Siryoti


The Palestinian Authority security forces and Israel Defense Forces are coordinating their efforts and have a constant open line of communication in the search of the three kidnapped Israeli teens in Hebron, a senior Palestinian security official said.

Sweets are handed out in Gaza to celebrate the kidnapping of three Israeli teens – Photo: AFP

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ office ordered the Palestinian security forces to relay all information that could be useful in finding the kidnapped teens to the IDF.

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Kerry looks at Hamas as kidnappers of 3 Jewish teens in Israel

U.S. secretary of state recommends full cooperation between Palestinian security forces and Israeli to return teens.

Worldwide condemnations made for kidnapping.


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned Sunday the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank, adding that “many indications point to Hamas’ involvement.”

John Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Lebanon. June 4th, 2014. – Photo: AP

In a statement to the press, Kerry called for the immediate release of the three victims, who went missing Thursday from the Gush Etzion cluster of settlements, and stated that the United States is still “seeking details on the parties responsible.”

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PLO condemns Australia for declaring E. Jerusalem not ‘occupied’



PLO letter penned by senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, objects to Australia’s decision, quoting UN resolutions that are not legally binding & using the same erroneous popular political Arab rhetoric about East Jerusalem and construction of Jewish towns.

The Palestinian Authority on Thursday condemned Australia’s policy shift to stop referring to East Jerusalem as “occupied” by Israel, and warned that it is currently weighing its response.
East Jerusalem and the Old City.

Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem are seen by tourists. – Photo: Reuters

In a letter sent to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat said the Palestinians view this decision “in the gravest terms,” and accused Australia of not recognizing the illegality of Israel’s settlements policy.

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