Tag: Palestine

Defying US, Palestinian official vows payments to terrorists will continue

The Palestine Liberation Organization is still paying wages to convicted terrorists imprisoned in Israel, a Palestinian official confirmed Wednesday, contradicting comments by US Secretary of Defense Rex Tillerson that the provocative policy is being stopped. Issa Qaraqe, head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, said that the PLO had not stopped paying wages to […]

The rise of Hamas through Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The prospect of long-lasting peace between Israel and Palestine relies on a piece of land, Gaza. Several wars have been fought to control this tiny strip of land that is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. In 1948, when Israel declared its statehood, many Palestinians were pushed out of their homes […]

Palestinians to claim Cave of the Patriarchs as World Heritage Site

The Palestinian Authority (PA) is requesting from the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, whose annual meeting will take place on July 1 in Krakow, Poland, to register the Old City of Hebron—including its Cave of the Patriarchs—as a Palestinian World Heritage Site. There are 1,052 UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites in the world, nine of them Israeli, […]

Tillerson claims Palestinians to change policy that pays families of terrorists

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told lawmakers on Tuesday that the Palestinian Authority assured him the Palestinian Liberation Organization is in the process of changing controversial policies that pay terrorists and their families. Though Israeli and Palestinian leaders are now disputing the account, Tillerson made the comments in a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations […]

Report: Netanyahu Asked US to Permit Settlers to Live Under PA Jurisdiction

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu back in 2014 demanded that the Obama administration negotiate the framework document for a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority to include a clause permitting Jewish settlements to remain under Palestinian sovereignty in the future Palestinian state, according to the draft documents revealed by Haaretz Sunday, and collaboration from senior US […]

Avigdor Liberman: Israel-Arab normalization first, then peace with Palestinians

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Monday dismissed the possibility of a final Israeli-Palestinian peace deal that would end the conflict, just as US President Donald Trump has started to jump-start a peace process frozen for three years. “The best-case scenario is to reach a long-term interim agreement,” Liberman said, addressing the meeting of the Knesset […]

Defense Minister: Closer than ‘ever before’ to agreement with Palestinians

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas could hold direct peace talks for the first time in seven years, Channel 20 said on Thursday night in a report on a three-way Washington meeting with US President Donald Trump scheduled next month. The report comes just two months after Trump began to formally […]

UN human rights chief calls for end to Israel’s occupation of Palestine

The UN’s top human rights official has marked the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories by calling for its quick end, insisting that such an outcome would benefit both sides. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the Jordanian prince and UN high commissioner for human rights, echoed the strong language of the UN secretary general, […]

Why peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians keep failing

For the past 50 years, Palestinians and Israelis have been subjected to the uniquely corrosive institution of belligerent occupation. For fully 25 of those years, they have been subjected to the almost equally scarring peace process that tried to end it. That’s not a flippant comment. The peace process managed to stimulate and intensify the […]

UN report: Israel is ‘key cause’ of Palestinian suffering

Israel’s occupation in the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza are the primary cause for Palestinian “humanitarian needs,” according to a UN report released Wednesday. Published in English, Hebrew and Arabic by the Palestinian branch of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the report — titled “Fragmented Lives” — bills […]