Israeli Occupation economically suffocates Palestinian East Jerusalem

The Levant News — In an unusual move, and after years of neglect, American and European delegations and development agencies have recently been visiting East Jerusalem and showing an increased interest in “doing something” about its deteriorating socioeconomic conditions. Moreover, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is, after a prolonged silence, working on updating the Strategic Multi-Sector …

Netanyahu to discuss ‘bad’ Iran deal with Trump

By Jeffrey Heller and Arshad Mohammed for Reuters | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he would discuss with Donald Trump the West’s “bad” nuclear deal with Iran after the U.S. president-elect enters the White House. Speaking separately to a conference in Washington, Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry clashed over …

Israel hits Syrian military targets in Damascus

Israeli warplanes were said to have struck the military target in the Syrian capital of Damascus, while the raid on the weapons convoy occurred on the Damascus-Beirut highway, according to the reports. As with past claims of Israeli strikes, Israel did not immediately confirm or deny news of the purported attacks. Since the start of …

Gaza’s Economy Continues to Deteriorate

The Levant News – By Jasmin Rasheed — Palestinian sources spoke out against the Gaza Strip leadership for focusing on internal politics and ignoring the deteriorating economy. The sources state that senior Hamas officials are engrossed in the internal elections, and Ismail Haniyeh, deputy head of Hamas’s Political Bureau, has been abroad for over two …

Israel arrests 13 on suspicion of arson over mass wildfires

By Maayan Lubell for Reuters | Israeli police arrested 13 people on Friday on suspicion of arson, authorities said, after massive wildfires tore through central and northern Israel, a conflagration that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu branded as “terrorism”. Firefighters kept battling the flames in wooded hills around Jerusalem and in northern areas on Friday, with …