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How Trump betrayed both Abbas and Abdullah of Jordan

By David Hearst On 21 August 1969, an Australian citizen called Denis Rohan set fire to an 800-year-old wooden pulpit, a gift to al-Aqsa mosque from the Islamic hero Saladin (1137-1193), who led the military campaign against the Crusaders. Apart from being considered mentally ill, Rohan thought he was acting[…]

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Trump’s dangerous Jerusalem gambit

OPINION by Daoud Kuttab Ever since the US government recognised Israel in 1948, no one has ever doubted where Washington stood in terms of the conflict between Israel and the Arabs. But while the US has always been pro-Israel, it tried, at least in theory, to adhere to international law[…]

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Erdogan, Abbas Discuss Jerusalem Status

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas spoke over the phone on Saturday to discuss the status of Jerusalem, according to a Turkish presidential source. The leaders also discussed the latest developments in Palestine, the source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to[…]

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Hamas declares readiness to form Palestinian unity government

Head of the Hamas movement’s politburo Ismail Haniyeh and other high-ranking Hamas members met with Egyptian intelligence officials in Cairo on Monday night, with talks focusing on cross border security and a readiness for Palestinian national reconciliation. The delegation told the Egyptian intelligence minister Khaled Fawzi that Hamas is ready[…]

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Mahmoud Abbas freezes contact with Israel over al-Aqsa

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced that the Palestinian leadership will freeze all contact with Israel, as mass protests over new Israeli security measures at the al-Aqsa compound turned deadly. In a brief televised speech on Friday, Abbas said all official contact would be suspended until Israel removed metal detectors installed there last week.[…]

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US says settlements ‘not helpful’ to peace process as Jared Kushner arrives in Israel

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner arrived in Israel Wednesday morning, where he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, marking the beginning of Kushner’s so-called Middle East peace efforts. Kushner, a real estate developer with little experience in international or Middle Eastern diplomacy, was also[…]

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Gaza faced with 2 to 3 hours of power a day

Israel started to reduce electricity supplies to the besieged Gaza Strip on Monday, despite being urged by humanitarian organizations not to implement the decision, which came at the request of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Gaza’s electricity company, the Gaza Electricity Distribution Corporation, said in a statement Monday that the Israeli[…]

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