Gaza

How Qatar being forced to stop funding terrorism led to Hamas and Fatah reconciling

Hamas’ announcement last week that it would be willing to hold talks with the rival Fatah was unexpected but not surprising. For weeks now, …

Middle East

Israel locks down West Bank, Gaza Strip for Jewish New Year

Israel has announced the closure of all crossings linking it to the occupied West Bank and blockaded Gaza Strip for the Jewish Rosh Hashana (New …

Israel

Hamas leader invites Abbas to resume control of Gaza

Hamas invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to send officials to Gaza to resume control of the coastal enclave the Islamic militant group …

Israel

Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation Faces Multifaceted Partisan Complexities - ASHARQ AL

Ramallah- The Egyptian-Fatah-Hamas Declaration on brokering a new agreement between the two movements has not succeeded in removing doubts among …

Middle East

Israeli firms seek hi-tech help — in Gaza

When Dan Leubitz needed a contractor for a project with his Israeli tech firm, one address in the list of tenders caught his eye: Gaza.<p>It was 2015, …

West Bank

Palestinian Leader Welcomes Deal to Have Hamas Cede Control of Gaza Strip

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday heralded an agreement brokered by Egypt that will see militant group Hamas cede control of the Gaza Strip to his government, a significant development for the Palestinian national movement but one that faces obstacles to …

Israel

Sisi, Netanyahu Discuss Security Guarantees in Gaza, Revival of Peace Talks - ASHARQ AL

Cairo, New York, Tel Aviv – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the means to revive peace …

Israel

Hamas delegation back to Gaza after 10-day Egypt visit

Hamas has taken a major step towards ending years of Palestinian political division, group leader Ismail Haniyeh said Tuesday.He made the remarks at …

Israel

‘Unliveable’: Gaza’s rising suicide rates

“I ask myself, what’s the point behind all of this and then I fall asleep.”<p>Such is an excerpt from a short story by 22-year-old Mohanned Younis, a …

Israel

Hamas terrorist dies in terror tunnel

Officials in the Gaza strip announced this morning, Tuesday, that a 24-year-old terrorist had died while working in a terror tunnel near Rafiah in …

Israel

Hamas Takes a Step Away from Isolation, With a Long Way Left to Go

In the decade since the militant group Hamas waged civil war with its rival Fatah political party, the stateless Palestinians have been left without …

Israel

Israel to seal off West Bank, Gaza Strip

Israel will today close off the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip for five days to Saturday to mark the Jewish new year.<p>During this holiday, …

Middle East

Hamas Urges Palestinian Authority to Assume Gaza Duties without Delay - ASHARQ AL

Ramallah – Hamas asked on Monday the Palestinian government headed by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to quickly come to the Gaza Strip to assume its …

Israel

Majority of Palestinians fear loss of liberty in PA, poll shows

A vast majority of Palestinians are worried about the Palestinian Authority’s recent crackdown on freedom of speech, a poll published on Tuesday …

West Bank

First meeting for Netanyahu and al-Sisi

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have met for the first time in public in what Egypt said was part of an effort to revive the Middle East peace process.<p>Separately Sisi met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, agreeing to continue working …

Israel

Egypt's Sisi discusses Palestianian reconciliation process with President Abbas during New York meeting - Politics - Egypt

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi held talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in New York on Monday, discussing developments in the …

Israel

Flotilla activist: They’re for propaganda, not humanitarian goals

A British-Palestinian activist admits, it's not about aid, it's about propoganda.<p>Hamas-affiliated flotilla leader Zaher Birawi has admitted that the …

World News

White House to help Israel and Palestinians in joint effort on water contamination

The Trump administration says the U.S. will join Israel and the Palestinian Authority on an issue seen as a rare place of common ground in the area: …

Israel

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks with Hamas leader Ismail Haniya amid reconciliation efforts

<b>Ramallah</b>: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Hamas leader Ismail Haniya spoke on Monday for the first time in nearly a year, adding impetus to a …

Israel

US envoy hails administration’s ‘unorthodox’ approach to peacemaking

NEW YORK — US President Donald Trump’s special envoy Jason Greenblatt on Monday hailed the administration’s unconventional approach to the …

Israel

Egypt's Sisi urges Palestinians to unite, co-exist with Israelis

UNITED NATIONS: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged the Palestinians to overcome their differences and be ready to co-exist with each other …

United Nations

Hamas to Abbas: Lift punitive measures against the people of Gaza

Fatah and Hamas officials are slated to meet in Cairo in the next week to discuss reconciliation.<p>Hamas has called on PA President Mahmoud Abbas to …

Israel

Israel and US open first American military base in Israel

BISLACH AIR BASE, Israel (AP) — Israel and the U.S. have inaugurated the first American military base on Israeli soil.<p>The base's opening Monday comes as Israel faces a slew of regional threats, especially from its arch-foe Iran. The Israeli military says the new base sends a message of readiness to …

War

Is Hamas offering too little too late?

A Fatah delegation headed by senior officials Azzam al-Ahmed and Hussein al-Sheikh arrived Sept. 16 in Cairo to discuss ways to structure a …

Israel

In order to thwart the Israeli ‘resolution plan’

A few days ago, one of the most prominent Israeli right-wing MKs announced what he claimed to be a “resolution plan” to annex the occupied West Bank …

West Bank

The real reason Hamas is calling for elections

On Sunday, the Palestinian terrorist group and political entity, Hamas, stated that it will accept new elections and a restored Palestinian unity …

Israel

Balance of Power: Trump Joins the ‘Good Time’ Club

Donald Trump may be a New Yorker, but no one expected him to a be friend of the United Nations. He once called the global body, which hosts 200 world …

Business

Hamas Offer Reflects Pressure From Egypt and Fatah

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The announcement from Hamas over the weekend arrived like a bouquet of roses for Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority.<p>After months of pressure from Mr. Abbas and more than a week of talks in Cairo, Hamas, the militant Islamist group that has controlled the …

Israel

First US military base in Israel

Israel on Monday inaugurated with its US ally a joint missile defense base on Israeli soil, the first ever, a senior Israeli air force officer …

War

Reports: Qatar urging Hamas to release Israeli soldiers' bodies

Qatar is reportedly pressurising Hamas to return the bodies of missing Israeli soldiers, including that of Lieutenant Hadar Goldin who is believed to …

Jewish Culture