Tag: Palestine

Stop Israeli acts at Muslim sites

The Palestinians and Jordanians urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to demand that Israel immediately stop provocations and incitement against Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, warning that further escalation could lead to another crisis threatening peace in the Middle East.   The warning followed what the Palestinians described as the illegal storming of the […]

Jordan recalls envoy from Israel over ‘unprecedented escalation in Jerusalem’

The Jordanian government has instructed its ambassador in Tel Aviv to return home due to what Amman says is “unprecedented Israeli escalation in Jerusalem.”   The move comes just hours after a Palestinian resident of east Jerusalem rammed his vehicle into two light rail stations in the capital, killing a Border Police officer and injuring over […]

Hamas claims Jerusalem terror attack, calls on Palestinians ‘to defend al-Aksa’

The terrorist who killed one person and injured 14 others when he rammed his car into pedestrians in Jerusalem on Wednesday has been identified as Ibrahim al-Acri.   Al-Acri, 38, was shot and killed by police at the scene of the attack.   Al-Acri was from Shuafat in east Jerusalem  and was known to security […]

Unilateral recognition of Palestinian state is non-effective says Czech Foreign Minister

Unilateral recognition of Palestine as a state is non-effective because there will be no consensus between Palestine and Israel, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek told a breakfast meeting of The Israel Council on Foreign Relations at the King David Hotel, Jerusalem on Wednesday.   Zaoralek is in the region to meet with Israeli and Palestinian […]

Washington Against PA’s UN Resolution

The United States made clear on Tuesday that it is against the Palestinian Authority’s plan to submit a draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling for an end date for “Israeli occupation”.   State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated to Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, during a […]

Palestinians to seek end of ‘occupation’ later this month at UN, PA official says

The Palestinian leadership is planning to submit a draft resolution later this month to the UN Security Council that will seek an end date to the “Israeli occupation,” a senior official said on Tuesday, according to an AFP report.   According the AFP report, though the US is expected to veto the resolution, Wassel Abu […]

Bilateral talks failed, we’re going to UN

“No other solution has been proposed by the United States” to achieve peace and the establishment of a Palestinian state, senior Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official Wassel Abu Yusef told AFP. “The US administration is pushing to resume bilateral negotiations, even while it’s clear that these have failed throughout the last few years.” The last […]

Palestinian unity gov’t is not effectively in control of Gaza

“I do not see the national consensus government effectively governing Gaza,” said Turner, referring to a technocrat cabinet agreed in June between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the Islamist movement Hamas, which dominates Gaza. “If we do not have political stability, I think if we do not have a national Palestinian government, I think if […]

Kerry won’t unveil peace plan in talks with Palestinians

US officials have insisted progress was made during some nine months of intense shuttle diplomacy, but have resisted calls to formulate Washington’s own peace plan as a means of bringing the two sides back to the negotiating table. “It’s up to the parties to take steps,” Psaki said. “We know what the issues are, we […]

Support PA plan seeking Palestinian state on pre-1967 lines

Erekat’s appeal came in response to the Israeli government’s decision to promote a plan for the construction of 500 new apartments in Jerusalem’s Ramat Shlomo neighborhood.   Erekat said that US and EU support for the Palestinian statehood bid at the Security Council would salvage the two-state solution. He also called for international recognition of […]