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PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Says Ready to Hand Gaza to Palestinian Unity Government

PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Says Ready to Hand Gaza to Palestinian Unity Government

“All parties must seize this opportunity to restore unity and open a new page for the Palestinian people,” U.N. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said in a statement, adding that the U.N. was ready to assist the talks in order to alleviate hardship in Gaza.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh in Egypt to Discuss Gaza Blockade

PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh in Egypt to Discuss Gaza Blockade

Chief of Palestinian group Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh was elected Hamas leader in May. The group maintains a sizeable armed wing in Gaza since seizing the enclave from Fatah in 2007.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Trump’s Son-in-Law Kushner Heading to Palestine

PALESTINE POLITICS: Trump’s Son-in-Law Kushner Heading to Palestine

Trump’s international envoy, Jason Greenblatt, will join meetings with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Despite Tillerson Reassurance, Palestinians Not Stopping ‘Martyr’ Payments

PALESTINE POLITICS: Despite Tillerson Reassurance, Palestinians Not Stopping ‘Martyr’ Payments

Palestinian officials say there are no plans to stop payments to families of Palestinians killed or wounded carrying out attacks against Israelis, contradicting comments by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Trump, Abbas Currently Meeting in Bethlehem

PALESTINE POLITICS: Trump, Abbas Currently Meeting in Bethlehem

The meeting follows US President Donald Trump’s Monday talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem al-Quds.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu to Trump: ‘May Your First Trip to Our Region Be Historic Milestone’

ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu to Trump: ‘May Your First Trip to Our Region Be Historic Milestone’

“During my travels in recent days, I have found new reasons for hope,” U.S. President Donald Trump said in a brief speech on arrival.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinians Hold Local Elections in West Bank But Not Gaza

PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinians Hold Local Elections in West Bank But Not Gaza

“No doubt this is the democratic life we have promised our people,” said Fatah Deputy Chief Mahmoud al-Aloul. “Unfortunately this joy is taking place in the West Bank alone because Hamas is preventing the people from practising this right in Gaza.”

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas ‘Ready to Support’ 1967 Israeli-Palestinian Borders: Hamas New Political Charter

PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas ‘Ready to Support’ 1967 Israeli-Palestinian Borders: Hamas New Political Charter

“Hamas advocates liberation of Palestine, ready to support the state on 1967 borders without recognising Israel or ceding any rights,” Khaled Meshal said.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel Says Two-State Solution Undermined By Israeli Settlement Building

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel Says Two-State Solution Undermined By Israeli Settlement Building

“As before, I see no reasonable alternative to the goal of two-state solution,” Merkel to reporters before talks with Palestinian President Abbas in Berlin.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Trump, Mahmoud Abbas to Hold First Talks

PALESTINE POLITICS: Trump, Mahmoud Abbas to Hold First Talks

U.S. President Donald Trump and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will speak by telephone later on Friday, the White House and Palestinian officials said, their first contact since Trump took office.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Elor Azaria 18-Month Sentence Excessively Lenient: UN Says

ISRAEL POLITICS: Elor Azaria 18-Month Sentence Excessively Lenient: UN Says

Sergeant Elor Azaria is the only member of the Israeli security forces to have been brought to trial for such a killing, she added.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Revealed! Netanyahu Secretly Met With Egypt, Jordan for Peace

ISRAEL POLITICS: Revealed! Netanyahu Secretly Met With Egypt, Jordan for Peace

Netanyahu again raised the possibility of what he described as a “regional approach” to Israeli-Palestinian peace at a news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump, who appeared to embrace the idea.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Abbas Says US Embassy Move in Israel to Jerusalem Bad For Peace

PALESTINE POLITICS: Abbas Says US Embassy Move in Israel to Jerusalem Bad For Peace

“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.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Mahmoud Abbas Will Visit Paris

PALESTINE POLITICS: Mahmoud Abbas Will Visit Paris

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will visit Paris “in the coming weeks” for bilateral talks, an official at the French president’s office said.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: 2017 ‘Year Of Palestinian State’: Abbas Says

PALESTINE POLITICS: 2017 ‘Year Of Palestinian State’: Abbas Says

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Fatah party officials that 2017 would be “the year of the independent Palestinian state.”

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Gives Conditional ‘No’ To Meeting Mahmoud Abbas In Paris

ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Gives Conditional ‘No’ To Meeting Mahmoud Abbas In Paris

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that he had told French President Francois Hollande that he would not meet Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Mahmoud Abbas Re-Elected Fatah Leader

PALESTINE POLITICS: Mahmoud Abbas Re-Elected Fatah Leader

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.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinian Leaders Descend Into New Recriminations On Yasser Arafat Death Anniversary

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.

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PALESTINE: Abbas Takes Center Stage In Local Palestinian elections

PALESTINE: Abbas Takes Center Stage In Local Palestinian elections

Palestinian Authority (PA), which governs the Israeli-occupied West Bank, announced that it  would postpone the municipal elections for up to four months.

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PALESTINE: Abbas To Britain: Apologize For 1917 Jewish Homeland Declaration

PALESTINE: Abbas To Britain: Apologize For 1917 Jewish Homeland Declaration

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas raised the 1917 declaration – named for Arthur Balfour, then the British foreign secretary.

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