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Fatah, PA take part in Israeli security conference

An official Fatah and Palestinian Authority (PA) delegation participated in the Israeli security conference in Herzliya which began yesterday, according to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed. The delegation included Palestinian Commissioner for International Relations, Nabil Shaath, Vice Chairman of the Palestinian Committee for Interaction with the Israeli Society, Elias Zananiri, among other officials. …

US calls on UN to blacklist Hamas and punish its backers

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley exonerated Israel of any responsibility for Gaza’s humanitarian crisis, calling for a Security Council resolution to blacklist Hamas and punish its backers. “The Security Council must unite to say that enough is enough,” she said on Tuesday. “We need to pressure Hamas to …

Hamas delegation reaches ‘understandings’ with Egypt and meets Dahlan reps

Hamas has announced that a delegation of its senior officials which visited Cairo last week also met with representatives of ousted Fatah leader Mohamed Dahlan in the Egyptian capital. In a meeting in Gaza on Sunday, senior Hamas official Khalil Al-Hayya briefed journalists on the results of the trip. “The …

Palestinians optimistic as Jordan border crossing set to open 24/7

RAMALLAH, West Bank — During the high season extending from June 20 until the month of October, Palestinians in the West Bank will be allowed to travel to Jordan around the clock on weekdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, passage will be restricted to three hours from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. through the crossing known as …

DCAF Ramallah: Promoting gender equality in the Palestinian security forces and their conversion to the CEDAW Convention: Integrating gender in security sector reform: Closing conference

Closing the gender project conference DCAF, in close cooperation with the Gender Consultative Committee (GCC) and the Ministry of Interior, conducted a closing conference at the Ankars Suites and Hotel in Ramallah. Representatives from the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the Council of Ministers, the GCC, aecid, …

Israeli bill seeking to cut millions in PA funds deemed ‘assault’ on Palestinian resistance

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A proposed Israeli law that would cut nearly $300 million to the Palestinian Authority (PA) over funds allocated to the families of Palestinian prisoners of Israel and those who were killed or injured by Israeli forces has been denounced by Palestinian leadership as an “assault” on Palestinian …

New chapter begins in Israel-Palestine water dispute

RAMALLAH, West Bank — After a seven-year hiatus, the Israeli-Palestinian Joint Water Committee (JWC), established under Article 40 of the 1995 Oslo Accord, resumed its meetings May 16. A new mechanism was developed to accelerate the implementation of infrastructure projects — such as supply lines, tanks, water and sewage networks, water pumping stations …

Abbas Will Put Aside Settlement Halt for Peace Talks, Aide Says

U.S. President Donald Trump says he can broker the Mideast peace agreement his predecessors failed to secure, using negotiating skills he developed as a New York real-estate mogul. Since taking office in January he has hosted Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House and last month …

Gazans worried by Qatari crisis

Residents of Gaza express concern over Qatar’s rift with some Arab states that could affect aid to impoverished region. Aid groups and residents of the Gaza Strip have expressed concern over Qatar’s rift with several Arab countries, which could affect aid to the impoverished region. Jan Egeland, secretary-general of the …

Presidential spokesman says Netanyahu not ready to achieve peace

RAMALLAH, June 6, 2017 (WAFA) – Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said on Tuesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent remark is a message to the US administration and to the international community that Israel is not ready to achieve peace. Abu Rudeineh’s statement came in response to a …