Israel’s Security Agency thwarted 480 terror attacks in past year, chief says

Israeli soldiers and medics at the scene of a stabbing attack by a Palestinian teen which killed American-Israeli Ari Fuld outside a mall in the Etzion bloc on Sept. 16, 2018. (Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)
Israeli soldiers and medics at the scene of a stabbing attack by a Palestinian teen which killed American-Israeli Ari Fuld outside a mall in the Etzion bloc on Sept. 16, 2018. (Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)

Israeli soldiers and medics at the scene of a stabbing attack by a Palestinian teen which killed American-Israeli Ari Fuld outside a mall in the Etzion bloc on Sept. 16, 2018. (Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Israel Security Agency (ISA) thwarted 480 terror attacks in the past year, its director said.

In a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, ISA Director Nadav Argaman called the apparent quiet in the West Bank “deceptive.” He told the lawmakers that Gaza and the West Bank have become “extremely unstable” over the last year. [Read more…]

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Palestinian body’s decision to suspend recognition of Israel could end Oslo Accords

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the Palestinian National Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah, April 30, 2018. (Flash90)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the Palestinian National Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah, April 30, 2018. (Flash90)

(JTA) – A PLO decision-making body passed a motion to suspend its recognition of Israel until Israel recognizes a Palestinian state.

Monday night’s decision by the Central Committee would bring an official end to the Oslo Accords signed in September 1993. However, the decision is nonbinding, the official Palestinian Authority (PA) news agency WAFA reported, and requires the approval of PA President Mahmoud Abbas. [Read more…]

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Palestinian forces in West Bank and Gaza routinely arrest and torture critics, Human Rights Watch says

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the Palestinian National Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah, April 30, 2018. (Flash90)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the Palestinian National Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah, April 30, 2018. (Flash90)

(JTA) – Palestinian security forces in the West Bank and Gaza routinely arrest and torture peaceful critics and opponents, a Human Rights Watch report says.

As the Palestinian Authority-Hamas feud has deepened, each has targeted the other’s supporters, the report released Tuesday says. [Read more…]

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At the UN: Netanyahu wants action against Iran, Abbas defends paying ‘hero martyrs’ who kill Israelis

Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the United Nations during the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 27, 2018. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the United Nations during the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 27, 2018. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the United Nations during the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 27, 2018. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, in an address to the United Nations, rejected criticism of the PA for paying monthly salaries to Palestinians who kill Israelis or the families of the killers.

“I pay tribute to our hero martyrs and prisoners of war,” he told the General Assembly on Thursday. [Read more…]

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EU committee votes to freeze $17 million in Palestinian aid over textbook incitement against Israel

(JTA) – A European Parliament committee voted to freeze more than $17 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) incitement against Israel in its textbooks.

The Budgetary Committee’s bill is an amendment to the European Union’s draft budget, which will go to a plenary vote in late October. If the budget passes, the EU will withhold the money from the Palestinian Authority until it commits to reforming its textbooks. [Read more…]

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Trump, alongside Netanyahu, says he favours two-state solution

President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2018. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2018. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2018. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump said ahead of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he favours the two-state solution and that he hopes to reveal his peace plan within four months.

“I like the two-state solution,” Trump said, appearing Wednesday with Netanyahu at the United Nations during the world body’s General Assembly. “That’s what I think works best.” [Read more…]

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Israel will withhold from Palestinian Authority stipend paid to teen who stabbed to death Ari Fuld

Israel activist Ari Fuld in a photo from his Facebook page.

Israel activist Ari Fuld in a photo from his Facebook page.

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said Israel will deduct from the tax revenues it collects for the Palestinian Authority the amount of money that is paid to the teen who stabbed Ari Fuld to death.

Kahlon made the announcement on Friday in a tweet.

In the tweet, he also said that he would find ways to prevent the family of Khalil Jabarin, 17, from benefitting from his murder of the 45-year-old dual American and Israeli citizen, who was the father of four children. [Read more…]

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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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Trump administration looks set to end UNRWA funding altogether

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The United States appears set to cut off funding altogether to UNRWA, the United Nations agency that administers relief for Palestinian refugees and their descendants.

The United States has so far this year disbursed $60 million US to UNRWA. It sent $364 million US to UNRWA last year, by far the largest contribution of any entity and a third of the agency’s budget. [Read more…]

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