With President Trump’s assistance and the Sunni Arab Gulf state leaders’ cooperation, the Middle East is changing fast, and Israel is again taking center stage.
By Yochanan Visser
This has been a historical week with events that showed the old Middle Eastern order has ended while Israel is at the center of a new order.
First, there were the visits of Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to the Sunni Arab Gulf state Oman and Culture Minister Miri Regev to Abu Dhabi where she attended the International Judo Federation’s Grand Slam competition.
Sports Minister Regev joins Gold Medal Winner Muki at the first ever medal awarding ceremony when the Israeli National Anthem, Hatikva was played in Abu Dhabi. Continue Reading »
Trump Admin explains why it’s changing the unsuccessful 40 year-old paradigm in search of peace, while trying to explain to an unappreciative Palestinian leadership that, “Nobody is entitled to America’s foreign aid.”
By Israel Today Staff
Despite being wholly dependent upon the goodwill of Israel, the Arab states and Western power-brokers, the Palestinian Authority has seemingly done its best to alienate each and every one.
It’s ironic, considering that much of the Palestinian leadership’s diplomatic efforts are focused on isolating Israel.
Israel’s reasons for distrusting the Palestinian Authority are clear. And numerous statements by Arab leaders across the Middle East in recent years reveal that they don’t think very highly of Mahmoud Abbas and his regime, even if they remain committed to the “Palestinian cause.”
But the bulk of the PA’s annual income comes from the West, and a large chunk of that used to be provided by the United States. Continue Reading »
Analysis: The Palestinian right of return issue seemed resolvable under peace talks that stemmed from Oslo and Camp David, according to former U.S. and Israeli negotiators.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
The Trump administration in the last month has welcomed Israeli restraint with regard to settlement activity but called “unsustainable” the growing number of people who are officially considered Palestinian refugees.
The sudden sea change in rhetoric is seen as part of the administration’s preparation for the unveiling of the “deal of the century” in which it hopes to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Responding to reports that the Trump peace initiative has the hosting mid-East countries granting their so-called “Palestinian refugees” citizenship, Lebanon’s Foreign Minister says his country will never agree.
– UNRWA accepts donations to aid 449,957 “Palestinian refugees” in Lebanon, but official Lebanese count stands at 174,422.
By Dalit Halevi
Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil says his country will never agree to grant Lebanese citizenship to so-called “Palestinian refugees”, in response to reports that the US government would like the countries hosting the “refugees” to grant them citizenship.
“Even if the entire world agrees to naturalization, we will never agree to that, and just as we defeated Israel by removing its occupation [from Lebanon in 2000], we will defeat it with regard to the naturalization plan and the right of return that will remain sacred,” Bassil said in an interview with Lebanese newspaper Al Joumhouria. Continue Reading »
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, announced that PLO mission office in Washington was officially closed due to Palestinian entrenchment over the past 10 months in refusing to engage in peace talks.
By The Associated Press
The Trump administration ordered the closure of the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington on Monday, citing the refusal of Palestinian leaders to enter into peace talks with Israel, prompting the Palestinians to accuse the administration of dismantling decades of US engagement with them.
The State Department said the US step—the latest in a series targeting the Palestinians—came after a review of the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization centered on the fact that no “direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel” are underway despite previous warnings. Continue Reading »
According to Israel’s left-wing daily, Palestinian Authority kleptocrat Mahmoud Abbas related to visiting Israeli lawmakers & peace activists that he responded positively to Trump’s peace-team suggestion that the PA join a confederation with Jordan.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday told Israeli lawmakers and peace activists that US President Donald Trump’s team of peace negotiators proposed that Palestinians join a confederation with Jordan, according to Israeli media reports.
“I was asked if I believe in a federation with Jordan,” Abbas said of talks held with White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Middle East peace envoy Jason Greenblatt, according to Haaretz newspaper. Continue Reading »
Since Mahmoud Abbas has steered the PLO into refusing to negotiate with Israel on President Trump’s still to be revealed peace ‘deal of the century’, Jordan has resurrected its claims over ‘West Bank’ sovereignty and the U.S. is prepared to have the Kingdom step in to replace the Palestinian Authority as a negotiating partner.
By David Singer
The three day visit to Israel last week by President Trump’s National Security Advisor – John Bolton – indicates Jordan will replace the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in concluding negotiations with Israel to resolve territorial sovereignty in Judea and Samaria (‘West Bank’), East Jerusalem and Gaza (”the disputed territories”) under Trump’s peace plan. Continue Reading »
REPORT: The U.S. will end its support of UNRWA’s appraisal of “5 million Palestinian refugees,” that span 3 generations and born in countries throughout the world, as fulfilling the accepted definition of ‘refugee.’ Such a broad definition was/is not afforded to any other group of refugees anywhere in the world, at anytime, or by any body, UN or otherwise.
The Trump administration will in coming days reject the United Nations definition of Palestinian refugees and ask Israel to reconsider allowing the UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) to operate in the West Bank, an Israeli TV report said Saturday. Continue Reading »
Having deemed President Trump as ‘pro-Israel’, Palestinian officials parrot Abbas, dismissing all assurances of gaining something “very good”, should they stop rejecting out of hand all calls to return to the negotiating table.
Palestinian leaders rejected apparent overtures by US President Donald Trump on Wednesday after he said they would get something “very good” in exchange for his country recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The December decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy to the city sparked fury among Palestinians, with the political leadership cutting off ties to the US administration.
The White House’s effort to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process appears to have stalled, and in interviews with i24NEWS Palestinian leaders scoffed at recent attempts to focus largely on economic growth at the expense of the most prickly political and religious subjects. Continue Reading »
World leaders still ignore the fact that Hamas absolutely refuses any peace with the Jews and unfortunately, after a generation of indoctrination and incitement from their leaders, many Palestinians support their agenda.
By Israel Today Staff
As elements in Israel and the international community work on a new Middle East peace proposal, they continue to ignore the fact that a sizable portion of the Palestinian population simply isn’t interested in a peace that enables Israel to continue existing.
Unfortunately, that part of Palestinian society, even if it is a minority, is large enough to effectively scuttle any efforts to end the conflict. Continue Reading »
The U.S. is focusing their efforts to improve the humanitarian conditions in Gaza with a major infusion to the strip’s crippled infrastructure, but without the involvement of PA’s autocrat Abbas, since the peace plan has remained stalled due to the entrenchment of the Palestinian leadership.
With the United States’ highly-anticipated Mideast peace plan stalled amid an ongoing diplomatic freeze-out by the Palestinians, the Trump administration is shifting its focus towards efforts to improve humanitarian conditions in the impoverished Gaza Strip, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
The indignant Palestinian Authority autocrat, Mahmoud Abbas. – Photo: Reuters
A senior US official told The Post that Washington is considering a major infusion of development aid into the blockaded Palestinian enclave, demonstrating a commitment to Palestinian well-being that would make it more difficult for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to continue to snub peace talks. Continue Reading »
A U.S. National Security Council spokesman confirmed that an op-ed headline from Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East peace process, was indeed changed by Haaretz editors, and openly accused the Israeli ‘left’ newspaper of revealing a bias toward conflict in doing so, which has led to a false, misleading narrative that was ‘delivered’ to the Palestinian Authority.
By MICHAEL WILNER
WASHINGTON - Since direct communication between the White House and the Palestinian Authority broke down last year following Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the president’s Middle East peace team has tried to engage its leadership indirectly, through intermediaries and the media, hoping to move on from their impasse to discuss potential paths forward in negotiations with the Israelis. Continue Reading »
Speaking to an Arabic Palestinian daily, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law & senior Mid-East advisor announced his team’s readiness to begin the much-anticipated peace process for Israel and the Palestinians, even if Mahmoud Abbas refuses to return to the negotiations table, lamenting the PA autocrat’s reluctance to change his position these past 25 years.
Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s senior adviser, said that he is “ready to work with President Abbas,” a Palestinian newspaper reported on Sunday, but said he had little reason to believe the Palestinian leader has the “ability, or desire,” to reach a peace accord with Israel. Continue Reading »
PLO fabulist Saeb Erekat denounces the Trump initiated peace plan as attempt to undermine Palestinian Authority and make UNRWA extraneous, by funneling aid directly into humanitarian projects.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official Saeb Erekat on Saturday told the Voice of Palestine that the US is trying to “bring down the Palestinian Authority (PA)” in Judea and Samaria, Wafa reported.
“The goal behind this is to sustain the coup and keep Gaza separated from the West Bank on the way to creating a mini-state in Gaza while bringing down the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank,” he said, blaming the US for “destabilizing” and “creating confusion” in the PA. Continue Reading »