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36 new candidates for planned Palestinian elections

Palestinian election officials announced Sunday that 36 candidate lists had been approved to run in legislative elections set for next month, the first Palestinian polls in 15 years. The vote, which precedes a presidential election called for July 31, is part of an effort by the dominant Palestinian movements — …

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Dahlan loyalists planning to return to Gaza

The Fatah breakaway Dahlan movement is returning to the Gaza Strip after a 14-year absence. The movement is led by Mohammed Dahlan, who has lived in the UAE since a dispute with President Mahmoud Abbas forced him to leave the West Bank. He sought refuge there after Hamas took control …

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Fatah and Hamas meet for reconciliation talk in Cairo

Leaders of rival Palestinian factions began Egyptian-brokered reconciliation talks in Cairo on Monday to try to heal long-standing internal divisions, ahead of planned Palestinian elections later this year. Egypt has tried in vain for 14 years to reconcile Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s nationalist Fatah faction and its bitter rival Hamas, …

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Trump lets US hardwon taxes go to Israeli settlements

The Trump administration lifted a decades-old ban on Wednesday that had prohibited U.S. taxpayer funding for Israeli scientific research conducted in Jewish settlements in occupied territory, drawing Palestinian condemnation. With Tuesday’s U.S. election approaching, President Donald Trump’s move was praised by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and could resonate with …

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John Bolton says Palestine ‘is not a state’

National security adviser John Bolton defended calling Palestine a “so-called state,” saying Wednesday “it is not a state.” Bolton, speaking to reporters in the White House briefing room, said that denying Palestine’s statehood isn’t counterproductive as the Trump administration prepares to unveil a Mideast peace plan. “It’s not a state …

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Abbas: Palestine ready to enter peace talks with Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday voiced readiness to resume peace talks with Israel, either behind closed doors or in public. Speaking at a joint press conference in Paris with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, Abbas said: “We’re ready for negotiations with Israel — either in public or behind closed doors …

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Palestine says ‘Deal of the century’ thwarted

The Palestinian Authority (PA) said Saturday the so-called “Deal of the Century” — a backchannel plan to reach a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians – has been thwarted. “Thanks to the steadfastness of the Palestinian people and the leadership’s commitment to the national constants, the US-led ‘deal of …

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Jared Kushner says Mideast peace plan happening soon, with or without Abbas

President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser said in an interview published Sunday that the administration will soon present its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, with or without input from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. In an interview published in the Arabic language Al-Quds newspaper, Jared Kushner appealed directly to Palestinians and criticized Abbas, …

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President Abbas at the Helm again: A Way Forward for Palestinians

by Munshi Zubaer Haque, Intern, Beirut Center for Middle East Studies President of Palestinian Authority (PA) and Chairman of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Mahmoud Abbas has been re-elected as head or chairman of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), a move that clearly seems to be a further consolidation of his authority …

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Trump’s intention to attend U.S. embassy inauguration in Jerusalem “flagrant violation”: Abbas advisor

Palestine said Saturday that the U.S. President Donald Trump’s intention to attend the inauguration ceremony of the new U.S. embassy building in Jerusalem next month is considered “a flagrant violation.” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Foreign Affairs advisor Nabil Shaath said that Trump has committed “grave mistakes during his tenure with …

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Abbas, Haley exchange strong criticism over Middle East at U.N. Security Council

With President Trump’s Middle East peace envoys looking on, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday accused the Trump administration of abdicating its commitment to a peace settlement and an independent Palestinian state. Abbas, the leader on whom three U.S. presidents have hung hopes for successful negotiations, all but wrote …

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Israel accelerates plans that imperil two-state solution

Energized by American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the country’s right-wing government has accelerated plans that imperil a two-state solution, solidifying Israel’s power and control over Jerusalem. In an all-night session, the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, enacted a law early Tuesday making it much more difficult to negotiate Jerusalem as …

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