Palestinians

  • Israelis pay last respects to former PM Ariel Sharon ahead of funeral 13-01-2014 08:04 AM

    Jerusalem: Thousands of Israelis bade farewell on Sunday to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the maverick warrior-statesman who helped reshape the Middle East, as his body lay in state outside parliament in Jerusalem. Sharon died at the age of 85 on Saturday after eight years in a coma caused by...
  • Palestinian ambassador to Czech Republic dies in blast 01-01-2014 08:49 PM

    Police say an explosion in Prague has killed the Palestinian ambassador in the Czech Republic. Ambassador Jamel al-Jamal was in his apartment with his family at the time of the explosion on Wednesday, according to Palestinian Embassy spokesman Nabil El-Fahel. Al-Jamal was seriously injured and rushed to a hospital, where...
  • Two Palestinians killed in clash with troops 26-08-2013 01:31 PM

    Ramallah: A Palestinian hospital official says two Palestinians were killed and more than a dozen wounded in clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank. An official at a Ramallah hospital said the two had died from gunshot wounds inflicted in nearby Qalandia early on Monday. Another 16 were injured,...
  • Israel, Palestinians set to resume US brokered peace negotiations 14-08-2013 04:35 PM

    Israel and the Palestinians are set to resume US brokered peace negotiations in Jerusalem on Wednesdayafter a three-year of hiatus, even as the Jewish nation freed 26 Palestinian prisoners as a goodwill gesture. There were extremely low expectations on both the sides over the outcome of the fragile peace talks...
  • Talks resume as Israel frees Palestinians, pursues settlements 14-08-2013 11:14 AM

    Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday to keep US-sponsored peacemaking on course for a second round of talks, but diplomacy remained dogged by Israeli plans for more Jewish homes on land the Palestinians claim for a future state. Negotiators are due to convene in the afternoon in Jerusalem, the...
  • In raging Middle East, Israel wins time with Palestinian peace talks 01-08-2013 03:10 AM

    Jerusalem: Pressured by Washington, worried about its international standing and perturbed by Middle East turmoil, Israel had many reasons to return to peace talks with the Palestinians this week after a three year hiatus. On the surface, Israelis saw little reason to jump back into negotiations. The status quo in...
  • Israel, Palestinians strive for peace deal within nine months 31-07-2013 09:46 AM

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators on Tuesday gave themselves about nine months to try to reach an agreement on ending their conflict of more than six decades in US-brokered peace talks. The two sides held their first peace negotiations in nearly three years in Washington on Monday and Tuesday, a diplomatic...
  • Israeli-Palestinian talks begin amid deep divisions 30-07-2013 10:22 AM

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held their first peace talks in nearly three years on Monday in a US-brokered effort that Secretary of State John Kerry hopes will end their conflict despite deep divisions. Top aides to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas began the talks over...
  • After 3 years, Israel, Palsetine to resume peace talks in US tomorrow 29-07-2013 12:59 PM

    Israeli and Palestinian officials will resume long-stalled peace talks tomorrow, giving US Secretary of State John Kerry his first concrete achievement after six months of shuttle diplomacy. "Secretary Kerry spoke with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and personally extended an invitation to send senior negotiating...
  • Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to resume after three years in Washington 29-07-2013 08:35 AM

    Israel and the Palestinians plan to resume peace negotiations this week for the first time in nearly three years after an intense effort by US Secretary of State John Kerry to bring them back to the table. The talks are scheduled to resume in Washington on Monday evening and Tuesday...
  • Israel blocks European Union projects in West Bank 27-07-2013 06:11 AM

    Israel has blocked the European Union from aiding tens of thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank, in retaliation for an EU ban on financial assistance to Israeli organisations in the occupied territories. The EU imposed its restrictions last week, citing its frustration over the continued expansion of Jewish settlements...
  • Hamas executes two Palestinians for working for Israel 23-06-2013 06:51 AM

    Gaza: The Hamas group, which controls the Gaza Strip, has executed two Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel, the group said in a statement. The two Palestinian "informants", aged 43 and 49, were hanged to death Saturday, Xinhua cited the statement by the interior ministry of the Hamas government as...
  • Palestinians chose a new president on reality TV 10-05-2013 03:13 PM

    West Bank: The Palestinians haven't elected a president since 2005, but now they are finally getting a chance to do so - virtually - thanks to a hit reality TV show. 'The President' is broadcast weekly on Maan TV, a popular independent Palestinian TV station. It offers contestants a chance...
  • United States asked Turkey PM to delay Gaza trip: Kerry 22-04-2013 02:00 AM

    Istanbul: The United States asked Turkey's leader to delay a Gaza Strip visit so as not to upset US efforts to revive Ankara's ties with Israel and Middle East peace talks, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who has for years spoken of...
  • Israel pulls back from Gaza, invasion force intact 23-11-2012 05:04 AM

    Israel: Israel began withdrawing the army on Thursday that had been poised to invade the Gaza Strip to go after Hamas, with both sides declaring they had won their eight-day battle. Dust-covered tanks and armoured bulldozers were winched onto transporters and driven out of the same groves of straggly eucalyptus...
  • Gaza rockets hit Israel after ceasefire: police 22-11-2012 05:28 AM

    Jerusalem: Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched 12 rockets into Israel during the hour after a ceasefire was announced between Israel and Islamist militants on Wednesday, an Israeli police spokesman said. Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement agreed to an Egyptian-sponsored ceasefire that came into effect at 9 pm...
  • Gaza shakes, Israelis killed as Hillary seeks truce 21-11-2012 12:11 PM

    Gaza/Israel: Israeli air strikes shook the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rockets struck across the border as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks in Jerusalem in the early hours of Wednesday, seeking a truce that can hold back Israel's ground troops. Hamas, the Islamist movement controlling Gaza, and Egypt,...
  • Barack Obama sending Hillary Clinton to Israel 20-11-2012 01:40 PM

    US President Barack Obama is sending Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Middle East in hopes that she can help mediate an end to bloody conflict in the region. A deputy White House national security adviser says Clinton will depart later today from Cambodia, where she had accompanied...
  • Israeli aircraft hit Hamas bank HQ in Gaza 20-11-2012 12:32 PM

    Gaza City: Israeli aircraft have battered the headquarters of the Gaza Strip bank the territory's Hamas rulers set up to sidestep international sanctions. Tuesday's strike on the Islamic National Bank in Gaza City is part of a widening Israeli onslaught against the militants and their rocket squads targeting Israel. The...
  • Israel prepares to invade Gaza 17-11-2012 09:46 AM

    Gaza/Jerusalem: Israel's cabinet authorised the mobilisation of up to 75,000 reservists late on Friday, preparing the ground for a possible Gaza invasion after Palestinians fired a rocket toward Jerusalem for the first time in decades. Tel Aviv, Israel's commercial centre, also came under rocket attack for the second straight day,...
  • Hamas releases captive Israeli soldier Schalit 18-10-2011 01:01 PM

    Gaza City: Hamas' leader in the Gaza Strip says the militant group has officially turned over a captive Israeli soldier to Egypt as part of a prisoner swap with Israel. In a text message, Mahmoud Zahar said on Tuesday that his group is no longer holding Sgt Gilad Schalit. Earlier,...
  • Defying US, Palestinians press forward with UN bid 16-09-2011 01:49 AM

    Ramallah, West Bank: In a direct challenge to the United States, the Palestinians said on Thursday they will ask the Security Council next week to accept them as a full member of the United Nations, even though Washington has promised to veto the measure. The Palestinian assertion came as a...
  • Israel airport gears for pro-Palestinian activists 07-07-2011 02:38 AM

    Jerusalem: Hundreds of pro-Palestinian foreign activists planned to fly into Tel Aviv this week, prompting Israeli warnings on Wedensday that security would be beefed up at the country's already heavily fortified international airport. The campaign coincides with a separate attempt to break Israel's sea blockade of the Gaza Strip with...
  • Gaza police report Israeli airstrike, no injuries 24-03-2011 12:11 PM

    Gaza City: Israeli aircraft struck Palestinian militant targets in the Gaza Strip on Thursday in response to rocket and mortar attacks, stoking mounting concerns that a grave new round of hostilities will fill the vacuum left by a negotiations impasse in the Mideast peace effort. Two years of relative calm...
  • Unknown video captures Palestine prison torture 06-10-2010 11:28 AM

    Jerusalem: The Israeli military said on Tuesday it is launching an investigation into a video that surfaced on YouTube showing what appeared to be an Israeli soldier dancing around a blindfolded Palestinian prisoner. The video is the latest in a number of social media controversies that have engulfed the Israeli...
  • Israel, Palestine to discuss peace pact 06-09-2010 11:30 AM

    Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered to meet Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas one-on-one every two weeks to discuss "the agenda for a peace agreement," he said on Sunday. "I believe that what is needed now in order to move the process is not multiplicity of [negotiation] teams but...