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Trump Cuts More Than $200M in Aid to Palestinians

Money will be redirected to 'high priority projects elsewhere'

(Newser) - The Trump administration has decided to cut more than $200 million in bilateral aid to the Palestinians, following a review of the funding for projects in the West Bank and Gaza, the State Department said Friday. The department notified Congress of the decision in a brief, three-paragraph notice sent first... More »

Israel, Gaza Trading Heavy Fire

Militants are shooting rockets, mortar shells as Israel responds with airstrikes

(Newser) - Palestinian militants bombarded southern Israel with dozens of rockets and mortar shells Tuesday, while Israeli warplanes struck targets throughout the Gaza Strip in the largest flare-up of violence between the sides since a 2014 war. The Israeli military said most of the projectiles were intercepted, but three soldiers were wounded,... More »

Israelis Lose It After Eurovision Win

It was the first win for the country since 1998

(Newser) - Thousands of Israelis took to the streets early Sunday to celebrate their country's victory in the Eurovision Song Contest. Fans flooded Tel Aviv's Rabin Square in front of City Hall, with some euphorically jumping into a public fountain, after Netta Barzilai was announced the winner in Portugal with... More »

Deadliest Day in Gaza Since Autumn: 12 Dead, 1K Hurt

It started with the pre-dawn death of a farmer before Palestinian sit-ins

(Newser) - The Palestinian Health Ministry says the death toll in Gaza has risen to 12, with 11 Palestinians killed by Israeli army fire along the border with Israel and a farmer killed by pre-dawn tank fire in a separate incident. In the deadliest day in Gaza since last fall, the ministry... More »

1 Dead After Palestinian Boat Sails Beyond Fishing Zone

Israeli navy fired on boat

(Newser) - The Israeli military says it has opened fire on a Palestinian boat off the Gaza coast, killing one man who was on board, the AP reports. The military says the boat sailed beyond an Israeli-imposed designated fishing zone, ignoring verbal warnings and warning shots. It says naval forces then opened... More »

Trump on Palestinian Authority: US Gets 'No Respect'

President threatens to cut off aid

(Newser) - Acknowledging his push to broker peace in the Middle East has stalled, President Trump appeared to threaten to cut off US aid money to the Palestinian Authority Tuesday, asking why the US should make "any of these massive future payments" when the Palestinians are "no longer willing to... More »

Israeli Minister Demands NBA Remove Term From Website

Miri Regev didn't like seeing 'Palestine—occupied territory' on basketball site

(Newser) - The Israeli-Palestinian conflict isn't usually the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks about the NBA, but the basketball association has found itself suddenly mired in the political due to one particular term on its website. The Times of Israel reports that a pop-up list for an... More »

Palestinians: Trump Jerusalem Move a 'Declaration of War'

Israeli security forces braced for violent protests

(Newser) - President Trump is expected to announce Wednesday that the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital—and Israeli security forces expect massive protests to follow. Israeli forces are braced for violence in the West Bank, where Palestinian protesters burned photos of Trump Tuesday night, the Times of Israel reports. Trump... More »

Palestinian Leader Warns US About Jerusalem Decision

Abbas speaks as Trump considers recognizing city as Israel's capital

(Newser) - The Palestinian president has warned that the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital would jeopardize the White House's nascent Mideast peace efforts, the AP reports. According to the official Wafa news agency, President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital or moving the... More »

Israel Removes Controversial Metal Detectors From Holy Site

Israel installed the cameras after Arab gunmen killed 2 policemen at the shrine

(Newser) - Israel began removing metal detectors from entrances to a major Jerusalem shrine early Tuesday morning to defuse a crisis over the site that angered the Muslim world and triggered some of the worst Israeli-Palestinian clashes in years, the AP reports. The Israeli security Cabinet had met for a second straight... More »

Israel: Videos Show Lead Hunger Striker Eating in His Cell

Palestinians say the videos are fake

(Newser) - Israel's Prison Service released footage on Sunday that it says shows the leader of a mass Palestinian hunger strike breaking his fast, a claim dismissed by the Palestinians as an attempt to undermine the open-ended strike, now in its 21st day. Assaf Librati, a spokesman for the prison service,... More »

Trump: Mideast Peace 'Maybe Not as Difficult' as We Think

President meets with Abbas, says he wants to be 'mediator' between Israel, Palestine

(Newser) - President Donald Trump expressed optimism for resumed peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel at the start of his Oval Office meeting with Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday in Washington, his first direct meeting with the Palestinian leader, the AP reports. Trump, who said he'll "do whatever is necessary" to... More »

Israel Approves First New Settlement in Decades

More of this won't 'advance peace,' White House says

(Newser) - Israel's government approved the first West Bank settlement in two decades Thursday, creating the first serious test for President Trump's new foray into Middle East peacemaking. The White House pointedly avoided any specific condemnation of the announcement, although it said that further settlement activity "does not help... More »

Israel Passes Controversial Settlement Law

Parliament retroactively legalizes thousands of West Bank settlements

(Newser) - Israel's parliament on Monday passed a contentious law meant to retroactively legalize thousands of West Bank settlement homes built unlawfully on private Palestinian land, a step that is expected to trigger international outrage and a flurry of lawsuits against the measure, the AP reports. The explosive law is the... More »

Carter: Time for US to Recognize Palestine Is Now

America should grant diplomatic recognition to Palestine before Obama leaves WH: Jimmy Carter

(Newser) - Time is running out before the Oval Office changes hands, and in Jimmy Carter's mind, that leaves a limited window for one major thing on America's to-do list: helping Palestine receive UN membership by granting diplomatic recognition before President Obama leaves the White House. In his opinion piece... More »

Palestinian President May Once Have Been KGB Agent

Soviet document lists Mahmoud Abbas as agent code named 'Mole'

(Newser) - It appears Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, worked for the KGB during the Cold War, the New York Times reports. It's information that seems relevant now, as Vladimir Putin, a former KGB lieutenant colonel, and Russia are attempting to start new peace talks between Abbas and... More »

Russia May Have Brokered Mideast 'Breakthrough'

Israel, Palestine have agreed 'in principle' to relaunch peace talks in Moscow

(Newser) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed "in principle" to meet in Moscow to relaunch Mideast peace talks after a two-plus-year hiatus, Russia's Foreign Ministry announced Thursday, though the AP reports that it's not clear when. "The most important thing is to... More »

Palestinian Shooters Kill 4 at Crowded Israeli Market

'He was just shooting point blank at people sitting down'

(Newser) - Four people were killed when two Palestinian men opened fire outside a popular market Wednesday night in Tel Aviv, NBC News reports. The BBC quotes the city's police chief, who calls the attack a "pretty serious terrorist incident." A handful of other people were injured—some very... More »

Soldier Shoots Wounded Palestinian, Sparks Uproar

But a second video may explain the shooting

(Newser) - Amateur video appearing to show an Israeli soldier killing an already wounded Palestinian attacker sparked uproar in Israel on Sunday, reflecting the deep divisions in the country following six months of violence, the AP reports. As the Israeli military pressed on with an investigation, nationalistic politicians accused the army of... More »

Palestinian Attacker Kills American Tourist in Israel

The tourist's wife was 'severely injured'

(Newser) - A 29-year-old American tourist in Israel was killed in a series of attacks that coincided with vice president Joe Biden's visit to the country on Tuesday, the Times of Israel reports. The man's wife was "severely injured." A Palestinian man armed with a knife stabbed multiple... More »

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