“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.
Palestine, Gaza: “We have received no financial support from anyone. I buy the balls and I make the bats,” coach, Mahmoud Tafesh said.
U.N. Under-Secretary General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf said the report was the “first of its type” from a U.N. body that “clearly and frankly concludes that Israel is a racist state that has established an apartheid system that persecutes the Palestinian people”.
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.
Israeli parliament, Knesset, has given preliminary approval to a bill to ban Muslim calls to prayers from being announced via loudspeakers at mosques in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said, the eve of International Women’s Day, that the female prisoners were being held in HaSharon and Damon jails.
Israeli police began removing settlers and hundreds of supporters from nine houses built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.
Sergeant Elor Azaria is the only member of the Israeli security forces to have been brought to trial for such a killing, she added.
Passing an 18-month sentence, the court said Azaria, whom it demoted to the rank of private, had “taken upon himself to be both judge and executioner” and had not expressed regret for his crime.
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.
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.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said, “We absolutely support the two-state solution but we are thinking out of the box as well.”
Netanyahu has never explicitly abandoned his conditional support for a future Palestine, and his spokesman did not respond immediately to a request to comment on Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan’s remarks.
Salam Fayyad, a Texas-educated former International Monetary Fund official, was prime minister of the Palestinian Authority from 2007 to 2013.
“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.”
The bill has been condemned by Palestinians as a blow to their hopes of statehood but its passage may only be largely symbolic as it contravenes Israeli Supreme Court rulings on property rights.
“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.
“The Embassy of Israel rejects the remarks concerning Minister Duncan, which are completely unacceptable,” a spokesman said in a statement.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for a pardon for a soldier convicted of manslaughter for killing a wounded Palestinian attacker.