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Hamas-Fatah standoff vexes Egypt as mediator

There has been speculation that Egypt has given up on mediating a reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Fatah in the West Bank, but so far Egypt hasn’t said it will throw in the towel.

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The West Bank: Israeli annexation, the deal of the century and the pursuit of Hamas

The US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has announced that his country understands Israel’s need to have dominant security control in the West Bank as part of any peace agreement reached with the Palestinians. He said that this is because Washington understands the threat to Israel’s existence if Hamas ever …

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New Israel government will impose sovereignty over West Bank

Senior Likud member Yisrael Katz said yesterday that now that his party is once again heading the Israeli government, it will impose its sovereignty over the occupied West Bank, mainly over the settlements, Channel 12 reported. According to the Palestinian newspaper Al-Resalah, which reported the Israeli TV channel, Katz said that the issue …

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Report: 150 Israel violations against journalists in three months

Israeli occupation forces committed 150 violations against Palestinian journalists during the first quarter of 2019, the Journalist Support Committee (JSC) revealed yesterday. In a report, the JSC said that 66 violations were committed against journalists, including 43 during their coverage of the Great March or Return protests in Gaza Strip. The report …

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Netanyahu vows to annex West Bank after Israeli polls

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday that he would annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins another term in office, a last-minute pre-election promise likely to enrage Palestinians and the Arab world. In an interview with Israeli Channel 12 News three days ahead of the 9 April poll, …

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Hamas awaits timeframe for implementation of Israel pledges towards Gaza

Hamas said that it has been waiting for timeframe for the implementation of the Israeli pledges towards Gaza, spokesman Adul-Latif Al-Qanou said yesterday. “We are waiting for a timetable to implement the ceasefire understandings with the Israeli occupation,” Al-Qanou said in a press release. He added that new humanitarian projects …

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‘Israeli airstrikes damaged 500 Palestinian homes’

A total of 500 houses in the Gaza Strip were damaged by the latest Israeli airstrikes, Palestine’s public works minister said late Tuesday. “In Israeli airstrikes against Gaza, 30 houses were completely destroyed and 500 houses were damaged,” Mufeed al-Hasayneh said in a statement. He added that they are working …

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