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.
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 »
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.”
By HERB KEINON
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 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)
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. Continue Reading »
FIFA President to meet with PM Netanyahu over Palestinian bid to eject Israel from football association.
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 »
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, 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 »
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 – 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 »
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.
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 »