Israeli Aircraft Strike in Gaza
The airstrikes came in retaliation after 13 rocket launches from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory were identified earlier in the morning, eight of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
The airstrikes came in retaliation after 13 rocket launches from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory were identified earlier in the morning, eight of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
The sources said that Israel allowed scores of trucks loaded with goods and fuel tankers to enter through the crossing and ship their loads into Gaza after closing the crossing for 20 days.
The Israeli military force noted that targets included "weapons and underground infrastructure" belonging to Hamas.
Abbas rejected the deal before it was announced saying the US was hopelessly biased towards Israel.
Speaking to reporters on Air Force One en route to Miami for a political event, Trump said Palestinians might react negatively to his plan at first, but that it would benefit them.
Meanwhile, the Israeli military confirmed that the Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted one rocket fired from the Strip.
The Brazilian president said both before and after he was elected that he would move the embassy, but backed down from the promise earlier this year.
Gaza health ministry said the death toll in two days of Israeli air attacks had risen to 34, including eight members of the Abu Malhous family. At least 63 Israelis received treatment for injuries in rocket attacks fired from Gaza.
In response to the rocket barrage, dozens of air raids were launched on Gaza. Overall, 18 Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli bombardment in Gaza, according to health officials.
Separately, the Palestinian group said that Israel also attacked the home of one of its officials in the Syrian capital, Damascus.
The Israeli leader has been criticized for failing to respond harshly to the rockets, which have been frequently sending residents of southern Israel scurrying for cover.
Netanyahu said in a televised address that in case he was reelected he would apply Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan valley and the northern part of the Dead Sea.
Nasrallah’s comments also followed overnight strikes claimed by Israel that he said killed two Lebanese Hezbollah fighters in Syria.
The Israeli Supreme Court ruled in favour of the military last month, ending a seven-year legal battle, and set Monday as the deadline to knock down the homes.
Potential causes for delay could include the upcoming holidays of Passover and Ramadan.
Tensions have flared up again in Gaza recently. Israel has blocked the border with Gaza and is deploying army. Earlier Israel, despite the ceasefire reached by the Egyptian mediation, struck the military infrastructure of the Hamas movement, dominant in the Gaza Strip. According to reports from Israel, this is retaliation to the missile launch from the Gaza Strip to the Jewish state, injuring seven...
The Eurovision song contest may be cancelled amid conflict escalation between Israel and Palestine. .
US president Donald Trump made his next controversial Twitter post, “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability.”
Shortly thereafter, alarms sounded again in Israel's south. The Israeli army said two rockets were launched from Gaza, one of them intercepted by Iron Dome. No injuries or damages were reported.
The status of Jerusalem is one of the most contested issues between Israel and the Palestinians.
The resolution required two-thirds support and while Assembly resolutions are non-binding, they can carry political weight.
The Israel Defense Force announced the discovery of the tunnels on Tuesday morning, and has started destroying them, dubbing the operation Northern Shield.
Netanyahu's office said he cut short a visit to Paris because of the flare-up and he was set to arrive back in Israel on Monday morning.
In the decision, announced after a meeting late Monday, the PLO said it will halt all its commitments to the "occupation authorities" until Israel recognises a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
One Palestinian man was killed, according to Gaza health officials, and three Palestinians were injured in earlier airstrikes on militant targets in Rafah, in southern Gaza.
The Palestinian suit requests the court "to order the United States of America to withdraw (its) diplomatic mission from the Holy City of Jerusalem."
A statement from Abbas’s office said the president emphasized in the meeting that “peace must be reached no matter how great the challenges and difficulties it faces.”
It also urged the US to reconsider the decision to halt funding for the United Nations relief and works agency for Palestinian refugees.
Abdullah urged Trump not to present the administration’s peace plan. "There are too many difficulties right now. We don’t have to hurry with presenting the American peace plan," he reportedly said.
The adoption of such a law naturally cannot but cause serious dissatisfaction among the Arabs of Israel who constitute 20% of the 8 million population of the country, as well as among the Palestinian Authorities.
Hamas said on Wednesday that armed groups in the Gaza Strip had agreed to a deal with Israel following a night of air strikes targeting several Hamas and Islamic Jihad positions in the coastal enclave.
According to the source, this ban will effectively prevent Muslims living in the Gaza Strip from visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque – the third holiest site in Islam located in the Old City of Jerusalem.
The strikes were carried out in response to an incident earlier in the day in which Gazans sneaked across the border and destroyed an Israeli sniper’s nest.
The source reports that the request for the allocation of funds was received from the humanitarian coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territories Jamie Macgoldrick.
The protests of May 14 are dedicated to Nakba, the "catastrophe", the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 and the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.
It is hard to say whether the protests will turn into a new intifada, but it is obviously not the best scenario for the Palestinian authorities. Ramallah tends to solve the problem by other methods: in particular, to cancel Israel's recognition by Palestine, and to create an international commission to deal with the killings of protesters.
Four different targets were attacked, including buildings, infrastructure, and a weapons production facility.
At this moment I can state that we are living with our daily life in the Armenian district, the situation is calm, we have no problems.
"The Security Council expresses its outrage and sorrow at the killing of Palestinian civilians exercising their right to peaceful protest," read a draft of the statement.
More than 2,700 protesters have been injured. Those wounded on Monday include 203 children and 78 women, according to the ministry.
People will see "how wonderful we are. What a vibe we have. Best people… the best place in the world," she said.
The phone conversation was held on the eve of the UN Security Council’s session which will focus on the topic of situation in the Middle East.
''I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land. But we have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations''.
Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has clearly demonstrated that Palestine no longer needs resources to impose something on Israel through intifada, and that any change in the conflict settlement is possible due to a political decision.
Trump's statement comes after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcement that he expected the controversial move to happen by then.
The president and pope also agreed to hold a meeting in the near future to discuss the issue of Jerusalem, bilateral relations and international developments, presidential sources added.
"We are moving within 48 hours ... to call for an emergency meeting of the General Assembly," al-Maliki told reporters in Ramallah.
In general, as the summits of the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC), as well as the separate reaction of Arab and Islamic countries show, the Arab-Muslim world fails to take drastic measures against the US decision and is satisfied with criticizing statements.
"Due to security-related incidents and after analyzing the current situation, the Kerem Shalom crossing, which is used for goods transfer, and the Erez pedestrian crossing will be closed tomorrow," the Army press service said.
"We are aware of it but it is not in line with our position. Russia’s position on Jerusalem and the Middle Eastern settlement is well known," he added.
Erdogan went on to accuse Israel of being a "state of terror".
The statement said Sisi wanted to discuss “ways to deal with the crisis in a manner that preserves the rights of the Palestinian people and their national sanctities and their legitimate right to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital”.
Arab League foreign ministers hold an emergency meeting on Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Cairo, December 9, 2017.
Pence is expected to visit Israel later this month, with a stop in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem.
"The Christmas tree was switched off on the order of the mayor today in protest at Trump's decision," said Fady Ghattas, Bethlehem's municipal media officer.
The decision will also become another reason for tension between the US and its NATO ally Turkey, which has already threatened to break diplomatic ties with Isra
Trump is due on Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and set in motion the relocation of the US Embassy to the ancient city, a decision that upends decades of US policy and risks fuelling further violence in the Middle East.
It is also being mentioned that the US embassy will not be immediately moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The Egyptian official expressed hope that the issue would be handled "with the necessary wisdom," and that the US would not make any rash decisions that could "inflame tensions in the region."
The move came in response to a decision by the U.S. not to permit the PLO to keep its bureau open in Washington DC due to a violation by the Palestinian Authority of a 2015 Congressional mandate prohibiting any unilateral move against Israel by the PA or PLO.
The Palestinians threatened on Saturday to suspend all communication with the United States if the Trump administration follows through with plans to close their diplomatic office in Washington.
The Israeli authorities had argued the new security measures were necessary after Palestinian gunmen killed two Israeli police officers near the compound on 14 July.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas issued a statement calling for prayer services to be held in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
According to her, Israel's reaction with the metal detectors was not the most creative one, but it is necessary. ʺHowever, knowing how fragile the situation is, Israel removed the detectors and security cameras in the area of the Mosque,ʺ she added.
The worshipers said that they refused to enter the holy place if security cameras and other sensors and security equipment put in place over the last ten days remained in place.
The late-night announcement by the office of the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, is designed to end the crisis over the holy site.
The main reason the conflict is not being solved is that there is no trust between the sides, hence no one is ready to make concessions, each demanding the implementation of its vision of the solution. Despite the fact that the sides have given their consent on two-state solution, five core issues still remain the main obstacles - borders, security issues, Jerusalem, refugees and mutual recognition.
"For that reason, in any agreement, and even without an agreement, we will maintain security control over the entire territory west of the Jordan River," he said.
"The two leaders discussed ways to advance negotiations and considered how Arab states might support those negotiations. President Abbas noted that he was ready to begin negotiating immediately."
Israel and the Palestinians have not held direct talks for more than three years and Mr Trump has acknowledged it was "one of the toughest deals of all".
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Security Cabinet - a forum of senior ministers - voted to establish a committee to examine legalizing outposts built without formal approval in the occupied West Bank.
The unanimous vote in favor of construction of the new settlement in an area called Emek Shilo, which was announced in an Israeli government statement, drew instant criticism by Palestinian leaders.
He also made it clear Australia would not support any resolutions such as the one approved by the United Nations Security Council in December calling for an end to Israeli settlement building on land occupied by Palestinians.
The official reason her office gave the Prime Minister's Office for the cancelation in the planned visit by Merkel and top officials was the German elections in September.
The so-called "Regularization Law" passed the Knesset in a 60-52 vote.
A Palestinian official condemned the move and warned that chances for peace were being destroyed.
The new president’s administration attempted to freeze the transfer, with two Republican congressman requesting a hold.
The Palestinian funding is likely to draw anger from some in Congress as well as the Trump White House.
The world practice has shown that in order to have progress in settling any conflict direct engagement of the conflicting sides is of utmost importance.
The final communique of a one-day international Middle East peace conference in Paris shied away from explicitly criticizing plans by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to move the U.S Embassy to Jerusalem.
"One of the measures we are considering seriously is the issue of mutual recognition between the PLO and Israel. [It] is not valid any more doing this," he said referring to the proposed embassy move.
The embassy issued an immediate apology, saying it "rejects the remarks concerning Minister Duncan, which are completely unacceptable".
The panel's chairman, Meir Turgeman, said at the session that Netanyahu was concerned approval would have given Kerry "ammunition before the speech".
This is a scandalous decision. I’m asking that you not support it and not promote it. If you continue to promote this resolution, from our point of view it will be a declaration of war.
We have rather iron-clad information from sources in both the Arab world and internationally that this was a deliberate push by the United States.
The summon on Sunday came hours after envoys of all other UN Security Council members were asked to appear before the foreign ministry following the UN vote.
There have been growing warnings that settlement building in the West Bank is fast eroding the possibility of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
It is also visible that Trump has a wish to bring the Israeli-American relations to at least the previous level. However, it is still ambiguous whether his becoming the US President would mean the end of two-state solution or that Israel can easily expand its settlements.
He declared that Fatah will never give up on its principles, its character and its identity in order to achieve the dream of freedom and an independent state.
Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council that Israel’s planned new settlements in east Jerusalem were part of "increasingly worrying" developments and urged Israel to halt the construction.
"If we thought before that a breakthrough in relations with the Palestinians would lead to a lasting peace with the Arab countries, now I think it is more likely that the peace will be achieved the opposite way''.
"I strongly condemn today’s attack in Jerusalem and my prayers go to the victims’ families. The terrorists must be brought to justice," Clinton posted on Sunday night.
Arab quartet discussed mobilizing Arab countries’ support to activate Palestine’s request to become a full member of the UN.
Donald Trump met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The possibility of holding direct dialogue between the conflicting sides was the most important issue.
According to the source, the wall is expected to stretch along the entire Israeli border with Gaza, which is about 60 kilometers long.
President Putin has proposed a meeting on Sept. 9 in Moscow. I agreed to this and I was to go to Moscow directly from here.
Russia wants to host direct talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
Those kind of issues are more done for showing something, but in reality these two countries cooperate quite well.
It prompted a wave of up to 50 retaliatory attacks, according to Israeli military sources, hitting several of Gaza’s armed Palestinian factions.
Sameh Shoukry's visit for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the first made by an Egyptian foreign minister in nine years.
"These negative trends can and must be urgently reversed in order to advance the two-state solution on the ground," Mladenov said at the UN SC.
The call came as senior officials from both Turkey and Israel said they had reached a deal to normalise ties to end a rift that occurred in 210, when the Israeli navy killed 10 Turkish pro-Palestinian activists involved in an aid flotilla that tried to breach an Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Despite of the all factors mentioned, it should be noted that Israel is unlikely to radically change its foreign policy towards the US and give up their military cooperation.
Crossings to Israel from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip would be closed for Palestinians in all cases, only exceptions will be "medical and humanitarian cases".
Permits for 500 people from the Gaza Strip to attend Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque were also revoked.
However, the French would like to proceed with leading the bilateral talks, due to its former foreign affairs minister, Laurent Fabius, will to leave a peaceful Middle East and finding a two state solution.
"Time is short. Netanyahu is trying to buy time… but this time he will not escape the international community," he said.
Thus at this point of time the main goal of Israel is prolonging time as long as possible to avoid international pressure. In this case the fears of Israel are grounded because France has already threatened to recognize Palestine if new stage of negotiations again fail.
"Israel is ready to immediately start negotiations without preconditions," the document states. Netanyahu’s office explained that this statement is "Israel's reaction to the initiative of France."
Biden also pointed out that for "more than 30 years, he has opposed the the settlements (Israeli settlements in the West Bank of the Jordan River)," because he believes "that it is counterproductive for Israel's security."
Negotiations between Palestine and Israel are underway, and therefore 'private' contacts with the Israelis on the issues of security in the Area A are on the agenda.
The commemorations, which were marked by a minute’s silence, featured slogans such as "the earth is the homeland". Their message to the Israelis was clear: a mural spelt out, in English, the words "You leave, we stay – it’s our LAND".
Ban stressed the need for both sides to restore a political horizon toward a peaceful two-state solution.
During the recent period the passivity of the US in this conflict is also conditioned by another factor – presidential elections.
"The Secretary of State went on to call for a settlement of the situation, a decrease in violence, incitement and provocative rhetoric," the US State Department spokesman John Kirby said in his statement.
The Israeli army raided the Mavi Marmara on the 31 May, 2010.
"At the end of the day as I see it, there will be a fence like this one surrounding Israel in its entirety. We will surround the entire state of Israel with a fence, a barrier," Netanyahu said.
Israeli Prime Minister also said better ties between Jerusalem and moderate Arab states would improve Israel’s relations with the Palestinians.
The resolution criticizes Israeli settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about reports of the Israeli Government authorising the declaration of 370 acres in the West Bank.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon called such a statement "biased and hostile," adding that a person, who talks like that, does not understand what situation in the region is.
The non-binding resolution can be considered as more a symbolic gesture, as according to Greece, it aims at promoting the resumption of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.
According to the committee members, the recognition of the Palestinian state will help to create a constructive atmosphere for the resumption of the peace process.
Meanwhile officials in the Gaza Strip said a second man was killed by Israeli troops in a clash along the security fence.
During the group photo only the New Zealand Prime Minister stood between the two leaders and after the pictures were taken Netanyahu and Abbas shook hands for the first time since 2010.
Spending on settlement activity during Mr. Netanyahu’s current tenure averaged $252 million annually, compared with an average of $243 million in the six previous years. Another study found that the government spent about $950 supporting each West Bank resident in 2014, more than twice the support to people living in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem; in isolated settlements, it was $1,483 per capita.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given a final approval to the construction of over 400 new housing units in the West Bank,
The cameras will be controlled from Amman. According to Jordanian Religious Affairs Minister Hayel Dahoud, the project would be entirely under his authority’s command.
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"The violations committed by settlers and extremists protected by the Israeli occupation forces against our Christian and Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem … this will change the conflict from a political conflict into a religious one, this will have grave consequences on all," Abbas said in his address to the UN Human Rights Council.
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In East Jerusalem and the West Bank, the situation become tense after two Israelis were killed in a stabbing attack and a Palestinian man was killed in a clash with Israeli soldiers in Tulkarm.
According to the source, the installation of surveillance cameras is a key provision of a deal reached over the weekend between Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority for the reduction of the tensions.
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Israel has already started building a new security wall in East Jerusalem to separate the Arab and Jewish neighborhoods. The length of the temporary barrier can reach to 300 meters.
In a protracted gun battle the Palestinian man was shot dead.
Previously, it was informed Israel and the US resumed talks in Jerusalem on future military aid that Netanyahu suspended in protest over the nuclear deal the US and other world powers have agreed with Iran.
In such an atmosphere, when the sides continue blaming each other, is it possible to resume the talks and have any progress in that process?
According to a diplomat of one of the participating countries of the Council, the meeting is convened with Jordan’s request.
Moreover, since October 1, during the clashes with the Israeli security forces, 2 thousand Palestinians and 83 Israelis have suffered.
"You have this violence because there's a frustration that is growing and a frustration among Israelis who don't see any movement," Kerry said.
It is quite difficult to say, whether this escalation is against or in the interests of the sides, as both of them gain some dividends from it, blaming the other side for the escalation of the situation and feeling freer to act the way they want, especially when the negotiations are in a deadlock.
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According to him, Palestinians did not want to escalate the situation, adding, however, that their "hands are with those who are protecting al-Aqsa Mosque."
"I am in favor of a nonviolent popular campaign, but I am against violence and using weapons. I have made that clear several times — we don’t want to return to the cycle of violence," Abbas said.
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"We are witnessing the start of a third intifada, and Israel is not doing enough to rein in violence. The number of gunfire victims hospitalized today was out of the ordinary; it’s not clear to us if there have been new rules introduced on opening fire. This certainly won’t de-escalate the situation," a PA official said.