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Abbas to Trump: 'May Your House Be Demolished'

He slams Trump's 'slap of the century'

(Newser) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas laid into President Trump, among others, in a two-hour speech Monday, saying he rejects Trump's attempt for a Middle East peace "deal of the century"—and he hopes the president's house is demolished. Abbas, addressing the Palestinian Central Council, said he had... 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 »

Another Jerusalem Move Is Blasted by Palestinians

Law makes it tougher to cede any part of the city

(Newser) - Israeli-Palestinian tensions have been high since President Trump's Dec. 6 decision on Jerusalem , and the new year isn't bringing calming overtures. Israel's parliament on Tuesday voted to stipulate that a supermajority—80 of the Knesset's 120 votes—would have to vote in favor of any proposal... More »

Israel Charges 16-Year-Old Filmed Slapping Soldier

Palestinian girl's father says it's a 'political trial'

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl hailed as a hero by Palestinians for slapping and pushing Israeli soldiers was indicted Monday on 12 charges, including aggravated assault. In a Dec. 15 video that went viral, Ahed Tamimi; her mother, Nariman Tamimi; and 21-year-old cousin Nur Tamimi confronted the soldiers outside their family home... More »

Jerusalem Decision Triggers 'Day of Rage'

At least one dead in protests over Trump's decision to recognize city as Israeli capital

(Newser) - Palestinians angry over President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital clashed with Israeli troops at 30 locations across the West Bank and Gaza on Friday, resulting in at least one death, reports the AP . One Palestinian was killed in skirmishes between protesters and Israeli troops along the... More »

After Trump's Israel Move, a Call for an Uprising

Meanwhile, US allies are speaking out

(Newser) - President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital is a "war declaration against Palestinians" who should rise up, Hamas leader Ismail Haniya said in a speech Thursday. Though Palestinian forces announced three "days of rage" beginning Wednesday, during which Palestinians are to protest at Israeli... More »

Trump Gives Arab Leaders the News They've Dreaded

Tell them he plans to recognize Jerusalem as capital, though it's not official yet

(Newser) - President Trump spoke to Arab leaders on Tuesday and told them he's about to break with longstanding US policy and recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, reports Reuters . The controversial news comes not from the White House but from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah, who... More »

Diplomatic Furor Stirs as Trump Weighs Big Move on Jerusalem

Turkey, Palestinians threaten to cut off ties if Trump recognizes contested city as Israeli capital

(Newser) - Turkey and the Palestinians warned on Tuesday of dire diplomatic repercussions if President Trump goes ahead with a possible recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told parliament that his country's response "could go as far as us cutting diplomatic ties with Israel,... More »

3 Killed by Palestinian in Israeli Settlement Attack

Hamas calls it a 'heroic operation'

(Newser) - A Palestinian attacker opened fire early Tuesday at the entrance to a settlement outside Jerusalem, killing three Israeli security men and critically wounding a fourth, Israeli police and medical services said, in one of the deadliest attacks in a two-year spate of violence. Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers praised the... More »

UNESCO List Gets New Sites, Cries of Anti-Semitism Follow

Statement follows decision recognizing Palestinian site

(Newser) - The West Bank city of Hebron's Old Town, as well a religious site it houses, were added to the UNESCO list of world heritage in danger in a 12-3 decision in Poland on Friday, drawing praise from Palestinians and outrage from Israelis. Israel, which claims Hebron as the birthplace... More »

Trump's High-Stakes Israel Visit Has Amusing Start

His flight may have been first between Israel, Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - President Trump's visit to Israel started with an amusing moment Monday: After getting off Air Force One at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport and walking along a red carpet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump asked "What is the protocol?" and Netanyahu responded "I don't... 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 »

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 »

Hotel Offers 'Worst View' Outside, Banksy Inside

You can sleep under his artwork in West Bank Hotel

(Newser) - A Palestinian guest house packed with artwork of the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy unveiled itself Friday in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. The nine-room establishment named "The Walled Off Hotel" will officially open on March 11, but reporters got an advance tour, per the AP . The hotel,... More »

Truck Plows Into Group of Israeli Soldiers; Kills 4

At least 15 injured in attack that shattered relative lull in violence

(Newser) - A truck rammed into a group of Israeli soldiers who were disembarking from a bus in Jerusalem on Sunday, killing four people and wounding 15 others, Israeli police and rescue services said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the truck veered off course and rammed into the group in the Armon... More »

In Rare Case, Israeli Soldier Guilty in Death of Palestinian

Elor Azaria fatally shot assailant in March

(Newser) - An Israeli soldier was convicted of manslaughter on Wednesday in the deadly shooting of an incapacitated Palestinian attacker, capping a nine-month saga that has deeply divided the country, reports the AP . The verdict, which marks an extremely rare instance of an Israeli military court siding against a soldier over lethal... More »

Kerry: Israel Needs to Hear 'Hard Truths'

Secretary of state lays out vision for Middle East peace one last time

(Newser) - John Kerry says the US is still Israel's friend—despite last week's surprising decision to allow a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements—but said Wednesday that sometimes "friends need to tell each other the hard truths," the New York Times reports. With just 23 days left... More »

Netanyahu Fumes Publicly at Obama Over UN Rebuke

'The Obama administration initiated it'

(Newser) - The Israeli government's furious reaction to the UN Security Council's adoption of a resolution opposing Jewish settlements in occupied territory underscores its fundamental and bitter dispute with the international community about the future of the West Bank and east Jerusalem, writes Josef Federman at AP . Prime Minister Benjamin... 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 »

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 »

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