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Palestinian Leader: Our Accords With Israel Null and Void

Abbas says Israel hasn't been honoring them

(Newser) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to drop a "bombshell" ahead of his speech to the UN General Assembly today, leading to speculation that he might sever all ties with Israel. He didn't go that far, reports AP , but his speech made clear how bleak Israeli-Palestinian relations are. Abbas... More »

Palestinians Join International Criminal Court

Move expected to put more pressure on Israel

(Newser) - The Palestinian Authority has become a member of the International Criminal Court and is marking the momentous occasion with a low-key ceremony at the court's headquarters. Palestinians signed the court's founding treaty in January and it came into force today, an event welcomed by activists who see it... More »

Hamas, Fatah to Reunite

Israel says it will end peace process

(Newser) - Palestine's long-feuding Hamas and Fatah factions have agreed to reunite, they announced today, following a meeting in Gaza yesterday. The groups plan to form a unity government in the next five weeks, and then hold national elections in six months, the Jerusalem Post reports. This isn't the first... More »

Dead Sea to Be Saved ... by Red Sea?

But Red-Dead plan has environmentalists worried

(Newser) - Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority have put aside their differences in an effort to keep the Dead Sea from going belly-up. The famously salty sea is dropping by more than 3 feet a year as the River Jordan is sucked almost dry by agriculture, and the new water-sharing pact... More »

Kerry Wasting His Time on Mideast Peace Talks

Jeffrey Goldberg: Welcome to diplomatic 'Groundhog Day'

(Newser) - Congratulations, John Kerry. You've not only managed to get Israel and the Palestinian Authority to agree on new peace talks , you've even managed to score some prisoner releases in advance. What's next? Only for both sides to "sit down and yell at each other before retreating... More »

Obama: Israel Settlements in West Bank Not Appropriate

Earlier, Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel during Obama visit

(Newser) - President Obama headed over to the West Bank today for a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in which he blasted Israel's settlement activity as neither constructive or appropriate. At a news conference with Abbas, Obama said he's told Israel's leaders as much, the AP reports,... More »

Obama Lands in Israel Amid Low Expectations

Iran, Syria, Palestine will be discussed

(Newser) - President Obama arrived in Israel today for his first visit to the country since taking office, the AP reports, calling the itinerary "laden more with symbolism than substance." Foremost on the agenda: Iran's nuclear program, the Syria conflict, and the Israel-Palestine peace process. Obama is meeting with... More »

UN General Assembly Recognizes Palestine

Group elevates Palestinians' status over objections of US, Israel

(Newser) - The United Nations voted overwhelmingly today to recognize a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians but an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States. The resolution upgrading the Palestinians' status to a nonmember observer state at the United Nations (on par with the Vatican) was approved by a... More »

Arafat Will Be Exhumed, Autopsied

'We are on the way,' says aide

(Newser) - Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has given his permission for the exhumation of the remains of his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, a top aide said days after a Swiss institute reported finding elevated traces of a radioactive substance on the late leader's belongings. The findings were inconclusive, but revived speculation that... More »

Arafat May Be Exhumed on Heels of Poisoning Report

Palestinian leaders approve widow's request

(Newser) - Following reports that point to possible polonium poisoning , the Palestinian Authority is prepared to exhume Yasser Arafat's body for an autopsy. Arafat's widow, Suha, sought the exhumation after samples of his clothing, which she provided to al-Jazeera , revealed significant traces of the same poison that killed Russian dissident... More »

Palestinians Honor Helen Thomas

Israel 'appalled' at move by Mahmoud Abbas

(Newser) - When Helen Thomas said Jewish people should "get the hell out of Palestine," the outcry forced her into retirement from the White House press corps in 2010. (Not that she was all that apologetic afterward.) Now Palestinians are giving her a little thank-you. A representative of Palestinian... More »

Israel Punishing Palestinians With Rushed Settlements

Funds also frozen after Palestine's UNESCO membership

(Newser) - Palestine's membership in UNESCO has met a fierce response from Israel. A day after Palestine joined the United Nations' cultural body , Israel ordered the accelerated construction of 2,000 new homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. In what officials acknowledge is punishment for "unilateral actions,"... More »

Palestinians: Tony Blair Is 'of No Use at All'

Some call for his removal as Middle East envoy

(Newser) - The Palestinian Authority is accusing Middle East envoy Tony Blair of bias toward Israel and calling for his removal, reports the Telegraph . "Our general evaluation of his efforts is that he has become of no use at all," said a senior official with the Palestinian Authority. "He... More »

Israel Arming Settlements as Protests Loom

Settlers get tear gas, stun grenades ahead of statehood debate

(Newser) - The Israeli military, expecting widespread confrontations in the West Bank as the United Nations debates recognizing a Palestinian state, is training Jewish settlers to repel protests. Settlement security chiefs are being given tear gas and stun grenades, and the military is mapping out firing zones around settlements, according to leaked... More »

Egypt Forces Clash With Pro-Palestinian Protesters

353 injured outside Israeli embassy in Cairo

(Newser) - Egyptian police fired live ammo and tear gas at pro-Palestinian protesters today as violence continued following yesterday's clashes at Israel's borders. More than 350 protesters were injured, one critically, outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo, AP reports. At least 16 people were killed yesterday when Israeli troops opened... More »

Abbas Ousts Cabinet in Move Toward Elections

Announcement follows departure of ally Mubarak

(Newser) - Taking a step on the path toward new elections, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas today called on his prime minister to assemble a new cabinet. Officials said presidential and parliamentary elections would take place by September, though Hamas says it won't take part, the Wall Street Journal reports. The announcement... More »

Leaked Israel-Palestine Documents a Disgrace

Peace process has lost all legitimacy, Guardian argues

(Newser) - The so-called “ Palestinian Papers ,” which reveal that Israel turned down massive concessions from a desperate PLO, are a disgrace, according to the Guardian , one of the papers distributing the leaks. “It is hard to tell who appears worst,” the paper’s editorial reads: “The Palestinian... More »

Brit Consulate Workers Charged in Terror Plot

Palestinian employees accused of planning Israeli stadium attack

(Newser) - Two Palestinan employees of Britain's consulate in Jerusalem have been charged in connection with a plot to attack the city's main soccer stadium. The two maintenance workers were among 5 people arrested in an alleged Hamas plot to fire a rocket into Teddy Stadium, home of the city's Beitar soccer... More »

Israel Considers Leasing East Jerusalem

Israel would keep land for 40 to 99 years

(Newser) - Israel and the Unites States are secretly discussing a deal in which Israel would lease lands in East Jerusalem from a new Palestinian state for a period of 40 to 99 years, according to a report from Asharq al-Awsat, an Arabic language London paper, summarized in Haaretz . In exchange, Palestine... More »

Obama Hopeful as Mideast Talks Begin

Israeli PM calls Abbas his 'partner in peace'

(Newser) - President Obama told reporters he was "cautiously hopeful" as Mideast peace talks began in Washington yesterday. The president—flanked by the leaders of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, and Jordan—urged the leaders to seize the opportunity to make a breakthrough, and vowed to do everything in his power... More »

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