Abbas says U.S. negotiators offered plan that includes federation with Jordan

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking to the media in Berlin, April 19, 2016. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking to the media in Berlin, April 19, 2016. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that Trump administration peace negotiators offered a peace plan that included forming a Palestinian-Jordanian confederation.

Abbas told members of the left-wing Peace Now organization and opposition Israeli lawmakers during a widely-reported meeting on Sunday that he told Trump advisors Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt that he would only agree to such a confederation if it was three ways and included Israel. [Read more…]

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Mahmoud Abbas still favours demilitarized Palestinian state, minimal refugee return

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking to the media in Berlin, April 19, 2016. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking to the media in Berlin, April 19, 2016. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he was still committed to key concessions he has made in years of negotiations with Israel, including a demilitarized Palestinian state and no massive return of Palestinians to Israel.

Abbas’ remarks in a meeting Tuesday with Israeli academics are notable because he has pulled away from Trump administration efforts to revive the peace talks, principally because of U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital while not extending a corresponding recognition to the Palestinians. [Read more…]

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Palestinian teen who slapped Israeli soldiers released from prison and returned to West Bank

Ahed Tamimi, 16, in an Israeli military court following her arrest at her home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Dec. 25, 2017. (Flash90)

Ahed Tamimi in an Israeli military court following her arrest at her home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Dec. 25, 2017. (Flash90)

(JTA) – Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teen arrested in part for slapping and harassing Israeli soldiers standing guard in a West Bank Palestinian village, was released from prison.

Ahed Tamimi, 17, and her mother, who also was jailed for incitement, were released early Sunday morning and taken by Israeli officials to the West Bank checkpoint of Jabbara, located south of Tulkarm near their hometown of Nabi Saleh. [Read more…]

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Israel to expand settlement in response to deadly stabbing

Israeli security forces at the scene of a stabbing attack in the West Bank settlement of Adam, July 26, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Israeli security forces at the scene of a stabbing attack in the West Bank settlement of Adam, July 26, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Israeli security forces at the scene of a stabbing attack in the West Bank settlement of Adam, July 26, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

(JTA) – Israel said it will build hundreds of new homes in a settlement where a Palestinian teenager killed an Israeli and wounded two others in a knife attack Thursday.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman took to Twitter Friday to announce 400 new housing units in the Adam settlement north of Jerusalem. [Read more…]

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Australia ends direct aid to Palestinian Authority, citing payments to terrorists

ulie Bishop, Australia’s minister for foreign affairs, speaks at Chatham House in London, March 12, 2014. (Chatham House/Flickr)
ulie Bishop, Australia’s minister for foreign affairs, speaks at Chatham House in London, March 12, 2014. (Chatham House/Flickr)

ulie Bishop, Australia’s minister for foreign affairs, speaks at Chatham House in London, March 12, 2014. (Chatham House/Flickr)

(JTA) – Australia has stopped giving direct aid to the Palestinian Authority due to concerns that the money is being used to pay Palestinian terrorists and their families.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement Monday that the country was cutting its funding to the World Bank’s Palestinian Recovery and Development Program fund. Australia will redirect that $10 million in Australian currency ($7.4 million US) to the UN Humanitarian Fund for the Palestinian Territories, which supplies Palestinians with health care, food, water and shelter. [Read more…]

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Prince William describes Palestinian Authority as a country in meeting with Mahmoud Abbas

Britain's Prince William (left) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, June 27, 2019, in Ramallah. (Twitter)
Britain's Prince William (left) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, June 27, 2019, in Ramallah. (Twitter)

Britain’s Prince William (left) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, June 27, 2019, in Ramallah. (Twitter)

(JTA) – Britain’s Prince William described the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a country while making the first visit by a member of the royal family there.

“I’m very glad our two countries work so closely together and have had success stories with education and relief work in the past, so long may that continue,” the prince told PA President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where he was greeted by an honour guard. [Read more…]

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Prince William makes sobering visit to Yad Vashem and recalls his great-grandmother, a Holocaust rescuer

Prince William laying a wreath during a ceremony at the Hall of Remembrance in the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, June 26, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Prince William laying a wreath during a ceremony at the Hall of Remembrance in the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, June 26, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Prince William laying a wreath during a ceremony at the Hall of Remembrance in the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, June 26, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Prince William visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem and called it “a profoundly moving experience.”

Also Tuesday, the prince on the first official visit to Israel by a British royal met with two survivors of the Kindertransport, which brought thousands of Jewish children from across Europe to Britain and saved them from the Nazis. [Read more…]

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Jared Kushner trying to dictate peace, Palestinian chief negotiator says

Jared Kushner speaks during the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, May 14, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
Jared Kushner speaks during the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, May 14, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Jared Kushner speaks during the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, May 14, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority (PA) chief peace negotiator Saeb Erekat said White House adviser Jared Kushner is attempting to “dictate” a peace solution, after Kushner in an interview criticized PA President Mahmoud Abbas for rejecting an as-yet-unannounced U.S. peace plan.

Erekat called the interview with the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds published on Sunday morning “an attempt to push forward a plan that consolidates Israel’s colonial control over Palestinian land and lives while telling the Palestinian people that money will compensate for our inalienable rights.” [Read more…]

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