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 and Turkey announce reconciliation

The Levant News — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formally announced reconciliation between Israel and Turkey during a press conference today in Rome. The two nations hope an agreement due to be signed Tuesday will ease six years of tensions since the deadly Israeli attack on a Turkish blockade runner headed for Gaza. The agreement is …

Clinton to Donor: In Next War, I’ll Let Israel Kill 200,000, Not Just 2,000, Gazans

THE LEVANT NEWS — by  Boaz Bulbulovitz — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has penned a controversial letter to a major Jewish donor vowing to offer Israel “total” support in its next confrontation with the Gaza Strip’s Islamist rulers. The leaked letter, sent last week to Israeli-American media mogul Haim Saban, promises to allow Israel carte blanche in …

Layoffs at the PA’s Ministry of Religious Affairs – Employees and Imams Affiliated with Hamas Dismissed

THE LEVANT NEWS – By Jasmin Rashid — According to Palestinian sources in Ramallah, President Mahmoud Abbas instructed the layoffs of employees associated with Hamas from the Charity Committees in the Ministry of Religious Affairs. He also instructed the dismissal of Imams affiliated with Hamas. According to these sources, the instruction is carried out by …

Iranian Claims on Supporting Hamas are Lies: Abu Marzook

The Levant News — Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook, a senior political member in the Palestinian Resistance Movement “Hamas”, had pounced on Iran regarding their proclamations of supporting Hamas, after cashing them in all as lies, especially those declarations on support being presented post 2009. Abu Marzook’s aversion was recorded over a leaked phone call which …

Erdogan meets Hamas leader in Istanbul

THE LEVANT NEWS — ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan met with Khaled Meshaal, leader of Palestinian militant group Hamas, on Saturday in Istanbul, Turkish presidential sources said, a day after Israel and Turkey said they were close to patching up five-year political rift. A source from Erdogan’s office said Meshaal “briefed Erdogan on the latest …

Israeli jets strike Gaza after rocket fire pinned on Hamas

The Levant News — Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes on targets in Gaza overnight in retaliation to rocket fire directed at Israeli territory earlier in the day. Although an ISIS-affiliated group claimed responsibility for the attack, Israel holds Hamas responsible. Witnesses reported at least four airstrikes in the Gaza strip early Monday, conducted by Israeli F-16 jets …