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Palestinians trying to dig themselves out of isolation

It seems Palestinians are trying to get out of international and Arab isolation by taking a series of measures, including restoring ties with Israel and returning their ambassadors to the UAE and Bahrain, in anticipation of the Joe Biden administration’s arrival into office. Scientists say animals have an internal clock that …

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Netanyahu notches up international blitz on West Bank annexation

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said April 26 that he was confident that President Donald Trump will enable the Israeli government to apply Israeli sovereignty over parts of the West Bank within a few months. Netanyahu, addressing by video a conference organized by the European Coalition for Israel lobbying group, said, “Three months …

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Israel’s DM threatens Gaza: ‘We’re preparing something’

Israel’s Defence Minister Naftali Bennett has renewed his threats of a large-scale offensive against the Gaza Strip, speaking to Channel 12 News yesterday evening, reported Arutz Sheva. “I do not want short rounds [of fighting],” said Bennett. “Now we have eliminated terrorists in both Gaza and Damascus and made a …

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Hamas, Fatah push ahead on reconciliation to counter US peace plan

US President Donald Trump’s announcement of the details of the US Middle East peace plan — known as the deal of the century — on Jan. 28 challenged the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) ability to develop a national strategy to counter it.

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UN urged to publish database of Israel settlement-complicit businesses

Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq has renewed its call for the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to publish its database of businesses complicity in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). Al-Haq issued its “call for action” ahead of what will be the three-year anniversary in March of …

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Justice at Last? ‘Panic’ in Israel as the ICC Takes ‘momentous step’ in the right direction

At long last, Fatou Bensouda, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has uttered the long-anticipated conclusion that “all the statutory criteria under the Rome statute for the opening of an investigation (into alleged war crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories) have been met”. Bensouda’s verdict has been …

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Israel’s steps to ease Gaza blockade point to longer-term truce

Israeli authorities are taking steps to ease the blockade of the Gaza Strip in the context of indirect talks with Hamas over a longer-term truce, reported Al-Monitor. In one example, Israel has allowed the export of produce, “bound for the Gulf, European and Israeli markets”, via the Kerem Shalom crossing …

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