Tag Archive for State of Palestine

ICC requires PA to clarify if Oslo Accords binding after termination decree

Following Abbas’ tirade terminating all agreements with Israel & the US, the International Criminal Court seeks understanding from the PA of how nullifying the accords that granted them autonomy still awards the PA legitimacy to claim ‘state status’ before the ICC.

By i24NEWS


A three-judge panel that comprises the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) pretrial chamber has requested clarification from the Palestinian Authority (PA) over President Mahmoud Abbas’ statement regarding the termination of all agreements with Israel.

Screenshot of Abbas delivering rambling anti-Israel diatribe at the UNGA. – YouTube

The justices are attempting to find out whether Abbas’ remarks apply to the Oslo Accords – signed in 1993 and 1995 – which helped establish the Palestinian Authority as an entity. Continue Reading »

ICC prosecutor prepares groundwork to charge Israel with war crimes

By claiming “Palestine is a State,” the International Criminal Court prosecutor’s ruling means that the ICC has jurisdiction and Fatou Bensouda can begin taking on Palestinian causes.

By i24NEWS


International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s claim that “Palestine is a state,” has more than likely paved the way for future war crimes investigations against Israel.

With her assertion, in one fell swoop she has enabled the court to claim jurisdiction involving Palestine’s cases.

Bensouda’s primary argument about Palestine’s status was that in 2015, it was accepted into the ICC’s Assembly of State Parties, without encountering any significant objections. Her claim that no members legally challenged Palestine before the ICC judges at the time, was a form of legal acceptance, according to a report in The Jerusalem Post. Continue Reading »

OPINION: Will the ICC be the first to arrest Israelis abroad, or Interpol?

With the international community accepting the State of Palestine in global organizations, NGOs and UN committees, Abbas and the PLO have already initiated war crimes probes against Israel, so, who will be the first to issue arrest warrants, and to whom?



Following last month’s acceptance of the “The State of Palestine” as a member of Interpol, a new question has come to the fore: What is the greatest legal threat now to Israel? Interpol or the International Criminal Court? Both institutions have the potential authority to issue international arrest warrants against Israelis for alleged war crimes. Continue Reading »

Palestinian autocrat Abbas admits in interview statehood unlikely ‘any time soon’

Ignoring the fact that PA leadership is backed by less than 50% of his people, Abbas blamed Israel for the inability to reach independence, just after admitting that the brutal violence & chaos that characterizes Palestinian society is at fault.

By Israel Today Staff


Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas admitted on Monday that an independent Palestinian state wouldn’t be established any time soon.

He then predictably blamed Israel for that situation, just after he had all but acknowledged that the Palestinians and their chaotic, violent society were holding up the process.

Hamas extrajudicial sentencing: Gazan found guilty of ‘collaborating with Israel’ is dragged through the streets of Gaza with cheers and celebratory shooting into the air.

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Palestinian Authority Again Announces Intent to Issue State of Palestine Passports


First announced in Dec 2015 by PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Athens, Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs says he informed Israel that his gov’t was no longer using “Palestinian Authority” on official documents.

By  Noga Tarnopolsky | The Media Line


Hussein al-Sheikh, the Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs, informed Israel on Wednesday that his government intends to issue passports stamped with the name and seal of the State of Palestine.

PA Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh & Israel's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordecai - IDF

PA Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh, right, and Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordecai sign a ‘memorandum of understanding’, on November 19, 2015.

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Abbas to replace Palestinian Authority with ‘State of Palestine’ on passports and all ministerial documents


With poll showing nearly 54% of Palestinians opposing a 2-state solution, & 60% polled supporting an armed intifada, Abbas issues ‘State of Palestine’ passports.



Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in Athens on Monday that his national authority was going to issue State of Palestine passports within 2016.


A Palestinian Authority passport. – Photo: REUTERS

“Regarding the issue of a passport under the name Palestine State, we are about to proceed to the passport replacement and the issuance of a new passport within one year or even less. We have already changed all documents issued by ministries and public services and they now bear the name ‘State of Palestine’. Continue Reading »

Vatican signs historic treaty with ‘State of Palestine’

Israel’s Foreign Ministry says Vatican’s historic agreement fails to consider any of Israel’s interests.



The Vatican on Friday signed a historic first accord with Palestine, two years after officially recognizing it as a state.

Pope Francis with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas – Photo: Reuters

The accord, a treaty covering the life and activity of the Church in Palestine, was the first since the Vatican recognized the Palestinian state in February 2013.

The treaty, which took 15 years of negotiations to complete, was agreed in principle last month and bitterly condemned by Israel as a setback for the peace process. Continue Reading »

Pope Francis praises Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as “Angel of Peace”

Abbas meets with Pope Francis on trip to canonize 2 Palestinians Nuns as Saints, just days after Vatican announced it will sign treaty that recognizes State of Palestine, adding that Abbas is an ‘angel of peace.’

By AFP & The Associated Press


Pope Francis met Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas during a private audience early on Saturday, days after the Vatican said it was preparing to sign its first accord with Palestine, drawing Israeli anger.

Pope Francis and President Abbas. – Photo: EPA

Pope Francis praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an “angel of peace” during the meeting at the Vatican. Continue Reading »

Israel ‘disappointed’ at Vatican’s appeasement in officially recognizing State of Palestine

Vatican treaty, soon to be signed, upgrades existing diplomatic relations from Palestinian Liberation Organization to ‘State of Palestine.’

By The Associated Press


The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized Wednesday, immediately sparking Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects.

Abbas & PopePope Francis & Mahmoud Abbas talk at the Vatican, October 17, 2013. – Photo: AP/Maurizio Brambatti, Pool

The treaty, which concerns the activities of the Catholic Church in Palestinian territory, makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic recognition from the Palestine Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.

The Vatican had welcomed the decision by the UN General Assembly in 2012 to recognize a Palestinian state. Continue Reading »