Wednesday , 22 February 2017

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How Trump’s Approach May Alter Israeli-Palestinian Peace Efforts

When U.S. President Donald Trump said Feb. 15 that Israelis and Palestinians could hash out for themselves whether the answer to their decades-old conflict is one state or two, he resuscitated an option previous administrations had buried. Below is a list of the possible alternatives that may now be back …

Israeli court sentences Palestinian boy with leukemia to 3 months in prison

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Israeli military court at Ofer prison sentenced 15-year-old Ahmad al-Khadour to 91 days in prison and a 3,000-shekel fine (approximately $810), after the boy was accused of throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers. The sentencing came despite Ahmad’s family’s and rights groups’ extreme concern regarding the boy’s …

Israel imposes heightened security measures in Ramallah district

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces imposed maximum security procedures at main Israeli military checkpoints in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah on Monday morning, causing a major traffic jam, local sources said. Israeli forces “caused chaos” and backed up traffic while conducting thorough searches at the Qalandiya checkpoint …

Should the Palestinians seek justice at the International Criminal Court?

With settlement expansion and the Trump-Netanyahu love fest, it seems clear that the PA should go to The Hague – but don’t hold your breath There is little doubt that the mid-February Netanyahu-Trump love fest at the White House further dampened already dim Palestinian hopes for a sustainable peace based …

Has the military wing tightened its grip over Hamas?

All Palestinians have been focused on Hamas’ internal elections, which started Feb. 3 in Gaza and ended with Yahya Sanwar at the head of Hamas’ political bureau in Gaza. Sanwar succeeds Ismail Haniyeh, who is competing to replace Khaled Meshaal as the political bureau head at home and abroad. Meshaal’s …