What the U.S. is requiring from Hamas to join a Palestinian unity government

(JTA) – Any Palestinian government “must unambiguously and explicitly” commit to nonviolence, recognize Israel, and accept previous agreements between Israel and the Palestinians, U.S. President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the peace process said.

The statement issued Thursday by Jason Greenblatt is the first response by the United States to the Palestinian reconciliation agreement signed this week between the Fatah Party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the terrorist Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. The Trump administration has been working to jump-start the peace talks, a stated major goal of the administration. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu decries Palestinian unity bid, promises thousands of settlement homes

A view of a portion of the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
A view of a portion of the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

A view of a portion of the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a West Bank settlement that the Palestinians are reconciling “at the expense of our existence.”

He was referring to a meeting Tuesday in the Gaza Strip of the Palestinian Authority cabinet for the first time in three years, part of a reconciliation agreement between the Fatah party of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas, which controls Gaza. PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah led the cabinet meeting. [Read more…]

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Abbas aide says Palestinian leader condemns deadly attack near Jerusalem

(JTA) – An aide for Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, said that Abbas opposed the slaying of three Israelis by a terrorist near Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Nabil Abu Rudeinah, Abbas’ chief of staff, told the Voice of Palastine radio station on Thursday of Abbas’ disapproval of the killing, when he was asked about the subject during an interview. [Read more…]

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Trump says Israelis and Palestinians both want peace

WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump said he believes there is a chance for Israeli-Palestinian peace because both sides are committed to it.

“I think we have a chance of doing it, I think the Palestinians would like to see it happen, I think the Israelis would like to see it happen and usually when you have two groups that would like to see something happen, good things can happen,” Trump said Thursday at a news conference at the White House with the emir of Kuwait. “I think there is a chance that there could be peace.” [Read more…]

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Israel will not evacuate more settlements, Netanyahu pledges

An aerial view of Israel’s largest settlement, Maale Adumim, March 12, 2008. (David Silverman/Getty Images)

An aerial view of Israel’s largest settlement, Maale Adumim, March 12, 2008. (David Silverman/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Israel will not evacuate any more settlements, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged.

“We are here to stay forever,” the prime minister said at an event in the northern West Bank settlement of Barkan commemorating the 50th anniversary of Israel’s settlement of the West Bank. “There will be no more uprooting of settlements in the land of Israel.” [Read more…]

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