Mideast peace - updates

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ICC prosecutor announces probe into 'war crimes' in Palestinian territories

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:40 PM

'War crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip,' says Prosecutor Fatou Besouda

Kushner holds open door to wary Palestinians in Bahrain peace push

Jun 27, 2019 - 12:05 AM

Jared Kushner promises to put out the political plan at 'the right time' and says the Palestinian Authority could help its people by embracing the US recommendations

OPEN DOOR. A handout picture released by Bahrain's official news agency (BNA) shows White House adviser Jared Kushner speaking during a US-sponsored Middle East economic conference in Manama on June 25, 2019. AFP PHOTO / HO / BNA

Palestinian leaders call for suspension of recognition of Israel

Jan 16, 2018 - 7:54 AM

While withdrawing the Palestine Liberation Organization's recognition of Israel could spark international backlash, it is unclear whether the vote of the Palestinian Central Council is binding

ANNOUNCEMENT. Senior Palestinian official Salim Zaanoun (L) reads a statement at the end of a meeting of the Palestinian Central Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah January 16, 2018. Abbas Momani/AFP

Shockwaves: The world in 2017

Dec 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Here is a look at some of the biggest global stories from the past year

RESISTANCE. Riot police fire rubber bullets and tear gas grenades at demonstrators protesting against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas on April 8, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

U.S. vetoes UN resolution rejecting Trump's Jerusalem decision

Dec 19, 2017 - 7:30 AM

The Palestinians slam the veto as 'unacceptable' and vowed to turn to the UN General Assembly to push for a resolution condemning the decision

UNSC VOTE. The UN Security Council voting on a draft resolution related to Jerusalem, December 18, 2017, at the United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

UN council weighs measure rejecting U.S. Jerusalem decision

Dec 17, 2017 - 7:11 AM

The draft resolution calls on all countries to refrain from opening embassies in Jerusalem, reflecting concerns that other governments could follow the US lead

HOLY CITY. A picture taken on April 14, 2014 at the sunset shows the golden Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's old city. Thomas Coex/AFP

Arab ministers demand Trump rescind Jerusalem decision

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Arab League ministers also say they will head to the United Nations Security Council for a resolution condemning the US decision as a violation of international law

UNITED VOICE. A general view taken on December 9, 2017, shows a general view of the Arab League headquarters during an emergency foreign ministers meeting in the Egyptian capital Cairo, following the US president's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP

Trump Jerusalem move triggers Palestinian unrest

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) Sporadic clashes break out between Palestinians and Israeli forces, as Israel deploys hundreds more troops to the occupied West Bank amid uncertainty over the fallout

ANGER IN GAZA. Palestinian protestors burn the Israeli flag and a poster of US President Donald Trump following his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Gaza City, on December 7, 2017. Mohammed Abed/AFP

Israel army deploys more troops after Trump Jerusalem move

Dec 07, 2017 - 7:33 PM

The deployments of Israel come amid uncertainty over the fallout from US President Donald Trump's speech recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Palestinians outraged, Israel joyous at Trump's Jerusalem move

Dec 07, 2017 - 7:27 AM

The declaration outrages Palestinian leaders who say it disqualifies the United States as a peace broker, but is hailed by Israel as historic

CALM – FOR NOW. A picture taken on December 6, 2017 shows a giant US flag screened alongside Israel's national flag by the Jerusalem municipality on the walls of the old city. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, sparks firestorm

Dec 07, 2017 - 7:19 AM

Trump's defiant move, making good on a core campaign pledge, ends 7 decades of US ambiguity on the status of the Holy City vociferously claimed by Israelis and Palestinians

CONTROVERSIAL DECISION. US President Donald Trump delivers a statement on Jerusalem from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC on December 6, 2017 as US Vice President Mike Pence looks on. Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Dec 06, 2017 - 8:32 AM

(UPDATED) This decision upends decades of careful US policy and ignores dire warnings of a historic misstep that could trigger a surge of violence in the Middle East

HISTORIC CENTER. People look out at a view of the Old City of Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock (C) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and the Western Wall (down) on December 5, 2017. Thomas Coex/AFP

Trump delays Jerusalem verdict as pressure mounts

Dec 05, 2017 - 9:07 AM

Trump is expected to stop short of moving the embassy to Jerusalem outright, a central campaign pledge which has been postponed once already by the new administration

OLD CITY. A picture taken through a window frame shows Jerusalem's Old City Dome of the Rock on October 25, 2015. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Arab League chief warns Trump Jerusalem move could fuel violence

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:20 AM

Ahmed Abul Gheit: 'It is unfortunate that some are insisting on carrying out this step without any regard to the dangers it carries to the stability of the Middle East and the whole world'

JERUSALEM. A picture taken on April 14, 2014 at the sunset shows the golden Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's old city. Thomas Coex/AFP

Palestinian factions start reconciliation talks in Cairo

Nov 21, 2017 - 7:59 PM

The United Nations has said the reconciliation bid 'must not be allowed to fail' or another round of conflict with Israel could break out

CELEBRATION. In this file photo, Palestinians wave the flags of Egypt and Palestine as they gather in Gaza City to celebrate after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reached an agreement on ending a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt on October 12, 2017. Mahmud Hams/AFP

100 years later, Balfour Declaration divides Israelis, Palestinians

Oct 31, 2017 - 11:31 AM

Britain's Balfour Declaration turns 100 this week, hailed by Israel for helping lead to its founding, but viewed by Palestinians as contributing to a catastrophe that stole their land

This handout file photo taken in 1925 and obtained from the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) on October 24, 2017, shows Arthur Balfour (C), former British prime minister, and Chaim Weizmann (3rd-R), the then future first President of Israel, visiting Tel Aviv. Israel GPO / Handout / AFP

Palestinian gunman kills three Israelis at settlement – police

Sep 26, 2017 - 2:29 PM

The attack, which comes as US envoy Jason Greenblatt is in Jerusalem for talks on relaunching the moribund Middle East peace process, draws condemnation from Israeli officials who demand action from the Palestinian leadership

DEADLY CROSSING. Israeli security forces and emergency services gather at the site of an attack at the entrance to the West Bank settlement of Har Adar after a Palestinian opened fire on security personnel before being shot dead on September 26, 2017. Thomas Coex/AFP

Israel builds settlements 'at high rate' – UN

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:48 AM

Israel continues to build settlements 'at a high rate,' in defiance of UN Security Council demands for an end to the expansion of Jewish outposts

A picture taken on July 4, 2016, shows buildings under construction in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, east of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank. Israel has approved 560 new homes for the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim, a spokesman for the settlement said on July 4, 2016 in a move likely to raise tensions following a series of Palestinian attacks. Netanyahu also gave approval for the planning of 240 new homes in east Jerusalem settlement neighbourhoods. / AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX

For Palestinians, holy site showdown represents rare victory

Jul 30, 2017 - 11:54 AM

The celebrations came nearly two weeks after the attack near the Haram al Sharif compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount

Israeli security forces are seen during clashes between them and Palestinian demonstrators at the Huwara checkpoint, south of Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on July 28, 2017. Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

All new security measures removed from Jerusalem holy site – Israel police

Jul 27, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Police: The police returned the security measures to how they were before the terrorist attack at the Haram al Sharif before July 14

A general view taken on October 13, 2016, shows the Dome of Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a UNESCO heritage site, in the Old City of Jerusalem. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Israel removes holy site metal detectors, but boycott maintained

Jul 25, 2017 - 7:55 AM

4th UPDATE The move comes after intensive international diplomacy seeking to stop the outbreak of wider unrest with warnings that it could spread far beyond Israel and the Palestinian territories

HOLY SITE. A picture taken on April 14, 2014 at the sunset shows the golden Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's old city. Thomas Coex/AFP

Gaza Strip in peril as Hamas marks decade in power

Jun 13, 2017 - 2:12 PM

Hamas this week marks 10 years since taking power in Gaza with the Palestinian enclave at risk of conflict and facing electricity blackouts poverty and Israel s blockade

IN THE DARK. A Palestinian family eats dinner by candlelight at their makeshift home in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, during a power outage on June 11, 2017. Said Khatib/AFP

Netanyahu tells Israeli settlers 'nobody will be uprooted'

Jun 07, 2017 - 7:52 AM

His comments come as Israeli authorities also advances plans for some 1 500 settlement homes in the West Bank including units for the first new official settlement in some 25 years

DISPUTED. A partial view taken on December 18, 2014 shows the east Jerusalem Israeli settlement of Har Homa (upper half) from the West Bank city of Bethlehem (lower half), which was originally built in the 1990s, in the annexed Arab east Jerusalem area of Jabal Abu Ghneim. Thomas Coex/AFP

Hamas eases stance on Israel with new policy document

May 02, 2017 - 7:51 AM

While the new document does not amount to recognition of Israel as demanded by the international community Hamas officials say it formally softens its stance in a few key areas

NEW POLICY. The exiled Chief of Hamas' Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal (L) speaks during conference in the Qatari capital, Doha on May 1, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Arab leaders denounce 'foreign interference'

Mar 30, 2017 - 7:35 AM

The leaders of the 22 member Arab League also call for the settlement of conflicts that are tearing the region apart

LEADERS' SUMMIT. A general view shows the Arab League summit in the Jordanian Dead Sea resort of Sweimeh on March 29, 2017. Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

Trump envoy meets Israeli settlers in unusual move

Mar 17, 2017 - 12:47 PM

A US government official says Jason Greenblatt reiterated to the Yesha Council President Trump s previously expressed views regarding settlements

File photos from Menahem Kahana/AFP and Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Israeli soldier gets 18 months for killing Palestinian

Feb 22, 2017 - 7:03 AM

Defense lawyers announce an appeal and right wing Israeli ministers immediately called for a pardon while the Palestinian government and the victim s family condemns the sentence as too lenient

Israeli soldier Elor Azaria (C), who shot dead a wounded Palestinian assailant, arrives at the military court in Tel Aviv on January 31, 2017. Jack Guez/AFP

FAST FACTS: What is the two-state solution?

Feb 16, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Here are some questions and answers about the two state solution and the possible alternatives

Trump drops U.S. commitment to 'two-state' Mideast deal

Feb 16, 2017 - 7:22 AM

UPDATED This change in the US stance was calculated to please Netanyahu and his right wing coalition and Trump s views on the shortcomings of the Palestinian position will delight them

US President Donald Trump (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 15, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump will not insist on two-state solution as Netanyahu visits

Feb 15, 2017 - 9:33 AM

UPDATED A senior White House official said the United States would no longer seek to dictate the terms of any eventual peace settlement but would support what the two sides agree to together

This photo taken on January 25, 2017 shows an Israeli soldier standing guard in a monitoring cabin in the Israeli settlement of Beit El near the West Bank city of Ramallah (background). Menahem Kahana/AFP

Israel parliament legalizes settler outposts on Palestinian land

Feb 07, 2017 - 7:17 AM

The law – approved by 60 members of parliament to 52 against – is slammed by the Palestinians as a means to legalize theft of land

An Israeli settler holds a flag with slogans at the Amona outpost, northeast of Ramallah, on February 1, 2017. Jack Guez/AFP

Israel authorizes 3,000 settler homes in West Bank – ministry

Feb 01, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Since the January 20 inauguration of Trump Israel has approved the construction of 566 housing units in 3 settlement areas of east Jerusalem and announced the building of 2 502 more in the West Bank

A picture taken on January 26, 2017 shows new apartments under construction in the Israeli settlement of Har Homa (foreground-L) situated in East Jerusalem, in front of the West Bank city of Bethlehem (background-R)  Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Israel plans 2,500 settler homes in post-Trump expansion

Jan 25, 2017 - 8:24 AM

The United Nations denounces the move stressing unilateral actions were an obstacle to peace

A general view taken on January 23, 2017 from the Palestinian West Bank village of Rafat shows the Israeli Jewish settlement of Leshem. Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

Trump looks to steady ship after fraught start

Jan 23, 2017 - 6:53 PM

Since he was sworn in on Friday January 20 Trump s White House has been pilloried for lying to the public about crowds at the inauguration and the president himself for making a campaign style speech before a memorial to fallen CIA officers

US President Donald Trump signs a confirmation for John Kelly as US Secretary of Homeland Security, as Vice President Mike Pence (L) and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (R) look on, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, January 20, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Palestinian parties agree to form unity government

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The agreement between the top Palestinian parties comes after 3 days of reconciliation talks in Moscow

UNITY NEAR. Fatah movement official Azzam al-Ahmad (L), in charge of his party's reconciliation team, Abed al-Hafeez Nofal (C), the Palestinian ambassador to Moscow, and exiled Hamas deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuq (R) give a press conference along with other representatives of Palestinian political parties and movements in Moscow on January 17, 2017. Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Paris summit warns against 'unilateral' steps in Mideast conflict

Jan 15, 2017 - 10:19 PM

UPDATED Around 70 countries attending talks in Paris calls on the two sides to avoid moves that prejudge the outcome of negotiations on final status issues including inter alia Jerusalem borders security refugees

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech at the Mideast peace conference in Paris on January 15, 2017. Bertrand Guay/Pool/AFP

Israel says 'reducing' ties with nations over UN vote

Dec 27, 2016 - 5:32 PM

Israeli media have reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked officials to visit the countries that voted for the resolution as little as possible for now

'REDUCING' TIES? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on December 25, 2016. File photo by Dan Balilty/AFP

Israel on defensive after landmark UN vote

Dec 24, 2016 - 8:29 PM

Michael Oren a former Israeli envoy to Washington says he saw the resolution as a lot like anti Semitism

LANDMARK VOTE. In this image released by the UN, Samantha Power (C), Permanent Representative of the US to the UN, votes to abstain during the December 23, 2016, vote on Israeli settlements. Photo by Manuel Elias/SC Chamber/AFP

UN demands end to Israeli settlements after U.S. abstains

Dec 24, 2016 - 1:05 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately rejects the UN resolution that demands that Israel cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory

Israeli settlers flee as West Bank wildfires spread

Nov 27, 2016 - 7:58 AM

Israeli and Palestinian firefighters helped by foreign aircraft have been battling dozens of bush blazes fed by drought and high winds that have seen tens of thousands of people evacuated

A picture taken on November 24, 2016 shows a fire raging in the northern Israeli port city of Haifa. Jack Guez/AFP

Deadly shooting rampage puts Israel on alert ahead of holiday

Oct 11, 2016 - 9:04 AM

The shooting comes at a time of increased Jewish visitors to the flashpoint Al Aqsa mosque compound in Israeli annexed east Jerusalem for the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Israeli security forces cordon off the site of a shooting attack near the Israeli police headquarters in mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem on October 9, 2016. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Israel mourns death of founding father Peres

Sep 29, 2016 - 7:53 AM

The country prepares for a funeral expected to be attended by major world figures

ELDER STATESMAN. A photograph of former Israeli president Shimon Peres is displayed before the start of a special cabinet meeting to mourn his death, in Jerusalem, on September 28, 2016. Ronen Zvulun/Pool/AFP

Shimon Peres: Israeli hawk turned peace advocate

Sep 28, 2016 - 10:39 AM

The 93 year old who served as president and two time prime minister was a towering figure in Israeli politics for decades and was the country s last surviving founding father

Israeli President Shimon Peres gets off the stage after delivering a speech during the 'Facing Tomorrow' Conference. This is the second annual global conference hosted by Peres on October 20, 2009 in Jerusalem. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON/POOL / AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON

Shimon Peres, Israeli statesman and Nobel peace laureate, dies

Sep 28, 2016 - 10:21 AM

UPDATED Former Israeli president prime minister and Nobel laureate Shimon Peres has died the last surviving founding father of the Mideast country

In this file photo, Israeli President Shimon Peres is pictured as he is welcomed by Italian Prime Minister at Chigi Palace in Rome on April 30, 2013. Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Palestinian stabs 2 officers, shot in new surge of violence

Sep 19, 2016 - 1:59 PM

UPDATED It is the sixth attack on Israeli security forces or civilians since Friday September 16 after a 3 week lull in a nearly year long wave of violence

Israel's Peres sees 'real improvement' after major stroke

Sep 15, 2016 - 2:45 PM

The country has been on edge over the condition of the elder statesman Israel s last remaining founding father after he was admitted to hospital

STAKEOUT. Journalists gather outside the Sheba Medical Centre at Tel HaShomer near the coastal Israeli city of Tel Aviv, to wait for updates on the health of former Israel president Shimon Peres, on September 13, 2016. Jack Guez

Israel ex-president Peres in serious condition after 'major' stroke

Sep 14, 2016 - 8:09 AM

UPDATED Nationwide concern mounts over the condition of 93 year old Peres widely respected as an elder statesman both in Israel and abroad

STATESMAN. In this file photo, former Israeli President Shimon Peres speaks with French President during a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on March 25, 2016. Etienne Laurent/Pool/AFP

Israel approves hundreds of new settler homes after attacks

Jul 05, 2016 - 9:30 AM

The approval comes days after a key international report warned that Israel s settlement expansion and confiscation of Palestinian land were eroding the possibility of a two state peace settlement

A picture taken on July 4, 2016, shows buildings under construction in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, east of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank. Thomas Coex/AFP

Netanyahu stresses Arab peace initiative must be rewritten

Jun 14, 2016 - 3:54 PM

Netanyahu made the comments to members of his Likud party after facing pressure from right wing members of his cabinet over his recent comments on the Arab initiative

In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, January 4, 2015. Oded Bality/Pool/EPA

Netanyahu questions French impartiality after UNESCO vote

May 15, 2016 - 9:17 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says French support for a UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem casts doubt on the impartiality of its Middle East peace initiative a claim Paris denies

A general view shows the Dome of the Rock (L) and the Al-Aqsa mosques (R) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city on November 21, 2014. Thomas Coex/AFP/File