Palestinians see Gaza peace dividend pass them by

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Jan 16 : Life began to look up for Gaza’s Palestinians when reconciliation between its Hamas Islamist rulers and the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority in October brought a drop in crippling prices. Three months on, discount stickers still adorn goods from clothes to cars but few of the two million people […]

Peace efforts can only resume under international mediation -Abbas

By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan 15 : Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday he would only accept a broad, internationally-backed panel to broker any peace talks with Israel, but did not rule out a U.S. role in such a panel. The Palestinians are seething at U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition last month […]

Israel says it destroyed Gaza attack tunnel under Egyptian border

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM, Jan 14 : Israeli said on Sunday it had destroyed a cross-border attack tunnel that ran from Gaza into Israel and Egypt dug by Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Palestinian enclave, and that it would destroy all attack tunnels by the year’s end. Residents in Gaza […]

Netanyahu tiptoes around US threat to cut off Palestinian aid

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Jan 7 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin trod carefully on Sunday around a threatened U.S. aid cut to Palestinians, stopping short of backing a funding halt as he repeated calls for a U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees to be dismantled. Netanyahu’s public comments appeared to reflect a desire to show […]

Israel raises threshold to cede parts of Jerusalem in peace deal

By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM, Jan 2 : Israel set a higher threshold on Tuesday for any future vote on ceding parts of Jerusalem to the Palestinians, who want the eastern part of the city for a future independent state. The amendment passed by the Israeli parliament to existing legislation raised from 61 to 80 the […]