PALESTINE POLITICS: Arab League, Egypt Back Only ‘Two-State’ Solution for Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
Netanyahu’s far-right political allies hailed the U.S. shift in support for a Palestinian state and shrugged off a call by Trump to curb Israeli settlements on occupied land.
“We won’t leave out homes on our own. Pull us out, and we’ll go,” Avihai Bavaron, one of outpost’s leaders, told reporters. “It is a black day for Zionism.”
Israeli settlement policy goes against international law and has been the subject of criticism from other nations, including US under Obama administration.
Israel’s right-wing expects Trump’s attitude towards settlements built in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in a 1967 war, to be far more supportive than that of his predecessor.
“We are waiting to see if it happens. If it does, it will not help peace and we hope it does not happen,” Palestinian President Mahmoud told reporters.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will visit Paris “in the coming weeks” for bilateral talks, an official at the French president’s office said.
Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Dean Heller introduced the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act after being sworn into the 115th Congress in Washington.
Israel has for decades pursued a policy of building Jewish settlements on occupied territory Palestinians seek for a state.
It was adopted with 14 votes in favor. It is the first resolution the Security Council has adopted on Israel and the Palestinians in nearly eight years.
Supreme Court ruled that Amona outpost must be evacuated by Dec. 25. The court found that Amona was built illegally on privately-owned Palestinian land.
An Israeli military court in the central occupied West Bank sentenced Hamas-affiliated Palestinian lawmaker Muhammad Abu Tair to 17 months in prison.
President Mahmud Abbas was re-elected head of Fatah as congress opened. Speculation has mounted over who will succeed Abbas as Palestinian president.
Party official Salim Zanoun asked the hall to vote for Abbas, and participants all stood up and warmly cheered. A smiling Abbas then hugged Zanoun.
Jerusalem’s municipality has proposed building 500 more housing units in an area of the city annexed by Israel after the 1967 Middle East war.
“Water should be a source of collaboration and should bring people together. They all share the same water resources.” Gregor von Medeazza, UNICEF.
PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinian Leaders Descend Into New Recriminations On Yasser Arafat Death Anniversary
President Mahmoud Abbas said he knew who was behind Arafat’s death and that an investigating panel would soon reveal its findings.
Sixty-two delegates at the meeting voted against the Palestinian request, 56 in favour and 37 abstained.
United Nations documented rise in demolitions, saying 124 Palestinians, including 60 children, were left homeless in the occupied West Bank in a single day.