Saudi soccer team visits West Bank for 1st time
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Saudi Arabia's national soccer team has arrived in the West Bank for its first match in the Palestinian territories.
Palestinians agree to accept funds transferred by Israel
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority has agreed to accept hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues collected by Israel months after declining them in protest, Palestinian...
Abbas slams US for ‘depriving peace process of credibility’
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas took to the world stage on Thursday to slam the United States for "depriving the peace process of any credibility" and undermining...
Merkel meets Palestinians’ Abbas for talks in Berlin
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that Germany continues to believe a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians is the only way for both peoples "to live in peace and...
Palestinian minister returns over $80,000 in secret bonuses
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority says Finance Minister Shukri Bishara has returned $81,600 in secretly approved bonuses that sparked public outrage when they came to light in...
Prominent Palestinian family says son arrested in Egypt
CAIRO (AP) — The family of a prominent Palestinian politician says Egyptian security forces arrested their son last month.
The family of Nabil Shaath, an adviser to Palestinian President...
Palestinian leader fires advisers, wants bonuses returned
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday laid off all of his advisers and ordered a former prime minister and other ex-Cabinet ministers to return tens of thousands...
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has arrested three Palestinians suspected of involvement in a Hamas plot to carry out a bombing in Jerusalem.
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's state-run news agency says gunmen have exchanged fire in the country's largest Palestinian refugee camp, located near the southern port city of Sidon.
Israel approves Palestinian construction in West Bank
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Cabinet unanimously approved a proposal to build over 700 housing units for Palestinians in addition to 6,000 Israeli settlement housing units in the West...
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is calling Israel's demolition of several dozen Palestinian homes on the outskirts of east Jerusalem "ethnic cleansing" and says he...
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king is standing by a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ahead of a meeting in Amman with White House's Mideast adviser Jared Kushner.
Egyptian mediators arrive in Gaza to call for calm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egyptian meditators arrived in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Friday after fears of renewed tension along the enclave's border with Israel a day after the Israeli...
White House unveils $50 billion Palestinian economic plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Saturday unveiled a $50 billion Palestinian investment and infrastructure proposal intended to be the economic engine to power its much-anticipated...
CAIRO (AP) — The Arab League has pledged $100 million per month to the Palestinian Authority to make up for funds withheld by Israel because of payments made to the families of Palestinian...
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority government has been sworn in a second time in as many days after the prime minister and his Cabinet failed to recite part of the...
Palestinian president swears in new government
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A new government for the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority was sworn in Saturday, led by a veteran peace negotiator and harsh critic of Gaza's Hamas...
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A new public opinion survey shows the overwhelming majority of Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are disillusioned with their leaders and desperate for...
BAGHDAD (AP) — Top Iraqi officials have expressed support for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who blasted the Trump administration during a visit to Baghdad.
Palestinian leader will refuse Israeli tax transfers
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday said he will not accept regular monthly tax transfers from Israel if it carries out its decision to deduct amounts the...
Palestinians ask Arabs to boycott Mideast summit in Poland
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians on Monday called on Arab nations to boycott or downgrade their representation at a Mideast summit co-hosted by the United States, as President Mahmoud Abbas traveled to Saudi Arabia discuss "the dangers facing the Palestinian cause."
Palestinians say US-backed Mideast summit is ‘futile’
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A senior Palestinian official says the Palestinians have not been invited to next week's Mideast conference in Poland and have no desire to participate unless the U.S. changes its policies.
Nabil Abu Rdeneh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said Wednesday that current American policies will "only lead to futile results."
Abbas pledges to continue security cooperation with Israel
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has pledged to continue security coordination with Israel, despite recent U.S. funding cuts to Palestinian security forces and years of impasse in the peace process.
Abbas told a gathering of Palestinian and Israeli activists on Wednesday that his government has counter-terrorism agreements with nearly 100 countries, including Israel.
US law leaves Israeli-Palestinian security ties up in air
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli and Palestinian officials on Thursday signaled that security coordination between them will continue, despite a looming midnight deadline that will cut off all U.S. assistance to the Palestinians.
Security cooperation in the West Bank is one of the few remaining areas of contact between Israel and President Mahmoud Abbas' Palestinian Authority after years of otherwise rocky ties, with both sides joined in a common struggle against the Islamic militant group Hamas.
Palestinian president accepts Cabinet’s resignation
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday accepted the resignation of his prime minister and Cabinet, taking a new step toward ending a failed attempt at reconciling with the rival Hamas movement.
Earlier Tuesday, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah had offered his government's resignation to Abbas.
Palestinian president decides to change his government
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian officials say President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to shake up his government.
The move is the latest sign of failure in more than a decade of attempts to reconcile with the rival Hamas movement.
The officials say Abbas appointed a four-member committee from his Fatah movement on Sunday to consult with political factions about forming a new government.
The three officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were discussing internal deliberations.
Palestinians take over as chair of UN developing countries
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas took over as head of the key group of developing countries at the United Nations Tuesday with a promise to confront "assaults" on multilateralism and a pledge to seek a peaceful two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
UN chief backs 2-state solution in talks with Palestinians
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and stressed again that a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the only path to peace.
Guterres' strong backing for an independent Palestinian state came ahead of the release of a long-awaited U.S. plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace and Israeli elections in April.
In role reversal, Abbas pressures Hamas as Israel allows aid
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Western-backed Palestinian Authority is threatening to step up pressure on Hamas amid renewed tensions in Gaza, even as Israel allows a lifeline of Qatari aid to flow directly to the Islamic militants.
Palestinian Authority cuts off Hamas lawmakers’ salaries
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority has cut off the salaries of Hamas lawmakers in the West Bank, the latest in a series of recent measures that have escalated tensions between the rival factions.
President Mahmoud Abbas dissolved the 132-member assembly last month. Deputy Parliament Speaker Hassan Khreisheh said Wednesday that all but 48 lawmakers — mostly Hamas members — received their salaries this week.
Egypt to keep Gaza crossing closed after Hamas takeover
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egypt will keep its crossing with the Gaza Strip closed to departures from the Palestinian enclave after the Palestinian Authority withdrew its officials amid disagreements with Hamas.
The Gaza's Interior Ministry, controlled by the militant group Hamas, said Monday that Egyptian officials notified them that the crossing would only be open to those entering the Gaza Strip.
Fatah withdraws officers from Gaza-Egypt crossing
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Palestinian Authority says it is withdrawing its officers from a key crossing point between the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and Egypt.
The announcement on Sunday came amid rising tension between the Islamic militant movement, which took control of Gaza in a 2007, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party.
Masked gunmen raid Palestinian TV studios in Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Palestinian broadcasting corporation says masked gunmen have raided its studios in the Gaza Strip.
Images circulating in the incident's aftermath Friday showed the TV station's Gaza headquarters strewn with shattered glass and destroyed equipment.
The Interior Ministry, controlled by Gaza's Hamas rulers, said it is investigating the raid on the Palestinian Authority-run corporation.
New Palestinian political body aims to rival Abbas, Hamas
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Five Palestinian factions are forming a new political body in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in an attempt to break the political duopoly of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement and the Islamic movement Hamas.
The factions announced the formation of "The Democratic Caucus" at a news conference on Thursday, with the stated aim of challenging the two main Palestinian political parties.
Fatah accuses Hamas rivals of detaining 500 members in Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party says the rival Hamas movement has detained hundreds of its members in Gaza.
The arrests on Monday came as Fatah prepared to mark the 54th anniversary of its founding.
The movement says that Gaza's Hamas rulers have banned pro-Abbas loyalists from organizing events to mark the occasion and rounded up 500 activists.
Hamas officials: Palestinian speaker barred from Ramallah
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian police have barred the Hamas-affiliated speaker of the Palestinian parliament from entering the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Speaker Aziz Dweik had been set to hold a press conference in Ramallah to criticize President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to dissolve the Palestinian legislature, which is controlled by the rival Hamas movement.
Palestinian president to dissolve parliament, Hamas irate
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pledged on Saturday to implement a court ruling and dissolve the parliament controlled by his rival Hamas movement, triggering warnings of chaos from the Islamic militant group.
Abbas' announcement is the latest in a series of bitter splits and rivalries between his Fatah party and Hamas, which began in 2007 when Hamas routed his forces and took over Gaza, keeping his rule limited to parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Poll shows Hamas leader would win Palestinian elections
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A public opinion poll shows that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would lose to the leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas if elections were held today.
The poll conducted by prominent pollster Khalil Shikaki and released Tuesday shows that Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would win with 49 percent to Abbas' 42 percent.
Tens of thousands rally in Gaza to mark Hamas anniversary
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Tens of thousands of Palestinians have gathered in Gaza City for a rally marking the 31st anniversary of the militant Hamas group's establishment.
Hamas fighters in military fatigues paraded with rockets and heavy machineguns during Sunday's rally. The Islamist group said the large turnout reflects widespread support despite domestic and external challenges.
Gaza has been under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade since Hamas took power in 2007.
Israel launches West Bank crackdown after Palestinian attack
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israel's military launched a West Bank manhunt Thursday, setting up checkpoints and blocking roads, after a Palestinian gunman killed two Israeli soldiers at a bus stop outside a West Bank settlement and sped away.
The shooting added to a deadly week that claimed seven lives, including an Israeli newborn, a 60-year-old Palestinian businessman and three Palestinian assailants, two of them members of the Islamic militant Hamas.
Vatican renews call for 2-state solution to Mideast conflict
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has reaffirmed its longstanding call for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict following a visit by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, as the U.S. says it is preparing to present its long-awaited peace plan.
Abbas met for 20 minutes Monday with Pope Francis and then the Vatican foreign minister, Monsignor Paul Gallagher.
Hamas leader says he has been invited to Moscow
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The top leader of the Hamas militant group says he has received an invitation to make an official visit to Moscow.
The office of Ismail Haniyeh said the invitation was delivered Wednesday by a visiting Russian diplomat. Its statement did not elaborate on the purpose of the visit.
Russia maintains high-level contact with Hamas, which Israel, the U.S. and the European Union classify as a terrorist group.
Underlying issues keep Israel, Hamas locked in violent loop
JERUSALEM (AP) — A slew of grievances and major underlying issues have Israel and Hamas locked in a spiral of violence that has caused three wars in the last decade and repeated rounds of deadly fighting.
With an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, a riven Palestinian leadership and a militant Hamas, Gaza's predicament remains seemingly unsolvable.
Here is a look at each side's demands and what is keeping them in conflict:
Palestinians revive calls to end security ties with Israel
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestine Liberation Organization's mini-parliament has called for ending security coordination with Israeli forces in the West Bank — a step that could risk reigniting violence.
But the Palestinian Central Council said the final decision would be up to President Mahmoud Abbas.
At the end of a two-day gathering late Monday, the council also called for suspending recognition of Israel. Abbas, who controls the council, has not implemented such decisions in the past.
Israel’s Netanyahu pays surprise visit to Oman
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday returned from an unannounced visit to Oman, the two countries confirmed, meeting the Gulf state's leader in the first visit of its kind in over 20 years.
The surprise visit was an important accomplishment for the Israeli leader, who frequently boasts of warming behind-the-scenes contacts with Gulf Arab states. But there were few concrete details on his talks with Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
Netanyahu: If not for Israel, Hamas would topple Abbas
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Wednesday to maintain a permanent Israeli military force in the West Bank, saying that if it weren't for Israeli troops stationed there Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would be "overrun in two minutes" by Hamas militants.
Human Rights Watch: Palestinians crush dissent with torture
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Security forces of the rival Palestinian governments routinely use torture and arbitrary arrests, among other tactics, to quash dissent by peaceful activists and political opponents, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.
UN approves resolution enabling Palestinians to chair group
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday that will enable the Palestinians to chair the major group of developing countries at the United Nations in 2019, ignoring objections from the United States and Israel.
Clashes in Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon wound 6
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security officials say clashes between rival Palestinian factions in a refugee camp in southern Lebanon wounded at least six people.
The officials say the clashes broke out Monday between members of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah and Jundallah, which is allied with Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, said most of the six wounded are Fatah members.
Merkel talks with Palestinian leader after Israel visit
JERUSALEM (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by telephone days after saying she would push him to return to negotiations with Israel.
Neither leader indicated Tuesday that they discussed a renewal of peace talks, but both voiced support for a two-state solution to the conflict.
Last week, Merkel said after joint governmental meetings in Israel that she would tell Abbas to return to the negotiating table.