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Iran repeats opposition to two-state solution

Any plan to divide a Palestinian state would be unacceptable, Iran’s supreme leader said on Saturday, adding that such a state could exist temporarily as part of “liberated territory.” Israel’s prime minister responded by saying his country would respond to these “hateful” remarks by redoubling its focus on security and…

Israel aircraft raid Gaza for fourth day in row

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Israeli aircraft struck Gaza overnight for the fourth time in as many days, wounding a militant who was about to fire a rocket, Palestinian security sources said on Saturday. The Palestinian was admitted to hospital but his injuries were not life-threatening, the sources said. An…

Egypt reopens Gaza border crossing

RAFAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – Egypt on Saturday reopened its Rafah border crossing with Gaza, allowing people to cross freely for the first time in four years, in a move hailed by Hamas but criticised by Israel. Among the first to cross the reopened border post were two ambulances ferrying…

Deal to secure Palestine elections could trigger loss of U.S. aid, GOP lawmaker declares

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States will “reexamine” its aid to the Palestinians in the event of a power-sharing deal that includes the Islamist Hamas movement, a key US lawmaker warned Thursday. “If a power-sharing agreement with a terrorist organization becomes a reality in the Palestinian territories, the US will…

Israeli intellectuals endorse Palestinian state

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Barely audible above the chants of “traitor,” an Israeli actress who lost a leg in a Palestinian attack read out on Thursday a declaration by Israeli intellectuals endorsing the creation of a Palestinian state. The event, attended by dozens of left-wing artists and academics, was held…

Fayyad claims ‘birth certificate’ for Palestinian statehood

BRUSSELS — Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Wednesday that UN endorsement of his administration’s readiness to govern amounted to “a birth certificate” for statehood. Fayyad made the claim after the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process said in a report that the Palestinian Authority (PA)…

UN may declare Palestine its own sovereign state

The United Nations may declare Palestine a sovereign state whose territory includes all of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem during its annual General Assembly meeting in September. According to the New York Times, support for a UN resolution to recognize an independent Palestinian state has steadily been growing.…

Palestinians aim to reboot UN anti-settlement campaign

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – The Palestinians aim to launch a new bid to clinch UN condemnation of Israeli settlement building, after Washington vetoed a Security Council motion, a senior official said on Saturday. Yasser Abed Rabbo, the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s secretary general, said Palestinian leaders had decided to make…

Palestinian dies after settler shooting

HEBRON, Palestinian Territories — A Palestinian teenager shot by settlers near the southern West Bank town of Hebron died of his wounds overnight and mourners clashed with Israeli troops at his funeral on Saturday. Yusef Ikhlil, 17, was shot in the head on Friday and taken in critical condition to…

Israel rejected Palestinian offer of almost all Jerusalem: leaked documents

Documents to show ‘intimate level of covert co-operation’ between Israel, Palestinian Authority “Desperate” Palestinian negotiators offered Israel almost all of Jerusalem as part of a peace deal, only to see the offer rejected as inadequate, leaked official Palestinian documents show. Documents leaked to Arabic news channel al-Jazeera and obtained by…

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