Category Archives: Diplomacy

28 Nov

Africa: Palestinian Flag Raised at UN Headquarters

November 28, 2015 11:33 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

On Friday, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) — the UN’s biggest entity in Africa — hoisted the flag of the state of Palestine at its headquarters, in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, to show solidarity with the cause of the Palestinian people in securing their right […]

28 Nov

EU Official Martina Anderson Calls for International Protection of Palestinians

November 28, 2015 11:24 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

On the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, a European Union official, Friday, called for placing Palestine and the Palestinian people under international protection.“Ahead of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people I would like to reiterate my call to place Palestine and its […]

28 Nov

Abbas Meets with Greek Prime Minister

November 28, 2015 3:19 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

In a joint address, delivered Thursday with the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, PA President Mahmoud Abbas warned Israel not to turn the ongoing Palestine-Israel conflict into a “religious” dispute.Abbas briefed Greek Prime Alexis Tsipras on the “intolerable, unacceptable and harsh conditions” of the Palestinians as a result of Israel’s […]

18 Nov

US Ambassador to Israel: ‘Settlement Product Labels Not Boycott’

November 18, 2015 7:25 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

American Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro has said that the labeling of Israeli settlement products is not a boycott.Ambassador Shapiro was speaking Monday at the Israel Journalists Association conference in the southern city of Eilat. In remarks not part of his official speech, Shapiro was reported by the settler-affiliated new […]

18 Nov

Swedish FM Likens Israel to ISIS, Accused of Being “Hostile”

November 18, 2015 7:03 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Following the Paris attacks on Friday, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom made a connection between Islamic State extremism and the Israeli occupation, causing a feud between the two governments, that the Israeli Foreign Ministry summoned its Swedish envoy on Monday.In an interview with a Swedish TV channel, following the Paris […]

04 Nov

Lawyer Hassan Ajaj Reflects on Epic Tear Gas Kick

November 4, 2015 11:46 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Interview, Palestine 0

One of the most memorable images of the current Israeli-Palestinian confrontations shows young Palestinian lawyer Hassan Ajaj in dark shades, a suit and formal legal robe as he kicks away an Israeli tear gas canister, his legs flying high above billowing white gas.According to Al Ray, the Associated Press photographer’s […]

24 Oct

Kerry in Jordan to Discuss Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

October 24, 2015 10:20 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Jordan, renewing his push to ease violence and tension between Israelis and Palestinians.Kerry meets Saturday, in Amman, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah II. According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, they are exploring ideas first raised during a […]

22 Oct

Fact-checking Israel’s Statement to the UNSC

On 16 October 2015, Israeli Ambassador Roet addressed the UN Security Council in an emergency session on the escalating situation in Israel and Palestine. Below are his statements followed by facts disproving the statements.“Israel is facing an onslaught of terrorism; men, women and children are being stabbed to death on […]

16 Oct

VIDEO: Black-Palestinian Solidarity

Black-Palestinian solidarity: a choice of life and resistance.Black-Palestinian solidarity is neither a guarantee nor a requirement – it is a choice. We choose to build with one another in a shoulder to shoulder struggle against state-sanctioned violence. A violence that is manifest in the speed of bullets and batons and […]

11 Oct

Quartet Delegation to Visit Palestinian Territories

October 11, 2015 10:22 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

A delegation of the Middle East Quartet is to visit Palestinian territories, including the occupied West Bank, this week, in an attempt to calm the escalated wave of violence, Israeli radio reported on Saturday. According Al Ray, this visit aims to stop the recent developments in West Bank and occupied […]

25 Sep

Nazareth Cinema Lady

September 25, 2015 3:26 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Human Interest, Israel 0

The challenging situation of Palestinian women was created by the establishment of Israel.An article by Nirit Anderman appeared in Ha’aretz about a new film, to be screened next week at the Haifa International Film Festival. The film, Nazareth Cinema Lady, directed by Nurit Jacobs-Yinon, portrays the character of Safaa Dabour, […]

17 Aug

Mashal: Gaza-Israel Talks to be Mediated by Tony Blair

August 17, 2015 10:29 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

On Sunday, a senior adviser to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Yasin Aktay, said that there will be a truce between the Gaza-based Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and the Israeli occupation authorities, regarding the lifting of the blockade on Gaza. “Gaza is heading towards a comprehensive agreement on the issue […]

06 Aug

Zvi Ben Dor Benite: Arab Jews

August 6, 2015 4:43 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, Interview 0

Saying you are an Arab Jew is the most subversive statement possible against Zionism. Professor Zvi Ben Dor Benite speaks with the Alternative Information Center (AIC) about the history and identity of Jews from Arab countries. Touching upon issues such as the place of Arab Jews in Arab politics, the […]

05 Aug

UNRWA to Possibly Suspend Education Program Due to Financial Burdens

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, has warned in a report addressed to the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, that “unless funding for the full amount of the Agency’s General Fund shortfall of $101 million is secured by the middle of August, the financial crisis may force the […]

17 Jul

Teaching Tolerance: Five Israeli Schools Unite Jews and Palestinians

July 17, 2015 4:11 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Human Interest, Israel 0

Paper lanterns crafted for Ramadan are hanging over the heads of children as they run between a snack table and a cartoon playing on the television.On first glance, this could be any other kindergarten in the city of Jaffa, where over a third of the population are Palestinians. But unlike […]

09 Jul

Israel Barred from Viewing Treaty between Vatican and Palestine

Appeals submitted by Israeli officials to view the treaty signed between Palestine and the Vatican have been refused by the Holy See, the representation of the Roman Catholic Church abroad.According to the PNN, Haaretz reported yesterday that the Vatican rejected four separate appeals by Israeli officials to read details of […]

16 Jun

UNRWA Facing Worst Financial Crisis in 65 Years

According to an official source, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is facing a financial crisis due to a widening gap between the needs of the agency and support from donor nations, reported US News.Jordanian Minister of State of Media Affairs Mohammad Momani said, at a UNRWA committee […]

03 May

Carter: ‘We will push to apply Fateh and Hamas agreements’

Former US President Jimmy Carter says that he, along with a non-governmental organization which describes itself as a group of ‘independent global leaders working together for peace and human rights’, known as The Elders, will exert great effort to accomplish the reconciliation that Hamas and Fateh agreed upon last April.Carter […]

03 May

Shimon Peres Disinvited to Clinton Event in Morocco

The name of former Israeli President Shimon Peres has been removed from the official guest list of the Clinton Global Initiative Middle East and North Africa Conference in Marrakech.It was announced last week that Israel’s former president, Shimon Peres, would be in attendance at the CGI MENA Conference beginning May […]

30 Apr

Carter Cancels Visit to Gaza, Palestinian Authority Implicated

April 30, 2015 6:50 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

After Israeli occupation obstacles, the Palestinian Authority (PA) sought to impede former US President Jimmy Carter’s planned visit to Gaza Strip.Carter has called off the planned visit to the region, scheduled to take place on Thursday, Days of Palestine reports. He had planned to make the visit in an attempt […]

30 Mar

Report: Palestinian Authority will not file charges against Israel in International Court

March 30, 2015 11:35 AM Celine Hagbard Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

A new report by the Israeli newspaper ‘Jerusalem Post’, based on unnamed sources within the Palestinian Authority, claims that the PA has agreed to pursue no formal charges against Israel in the International Criminal Court (ICC), in exchange for the release of tax money that had been illegally seized by […]

06 Feb

African Republic of Côte d’Ivoire Supports Palestine Statehood

February 6, 2015 10:03 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

The West African country of Côte d’Ivoire affirmed support of Palestinian statehood on Thursday.The Prime Minister of the West African Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Daniel Kablan Duncan, affirmed his country’s support of Palestinian statehood on Thursday. In a meeting with Palestinian Ambassador Atef Oudeh, Prime Minister Kablan Duncan said that […]

19 Jan

Canadian Foreign Minister Met With Protests In Ramallah

January 19, 2015 1:41 PM Alexandra Halaby Diplomacy, News Report, Ramallah 0

Palestinian organizers of a protest in Ramallah tossed eggs and shoes at the convoy of Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird on Sunday. Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the Foreign Ministry in Ramallah holding signs protesting Baird’s visit to the West Bank. Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird was met with protests […]

08 Dec

Sinn Fein Leader Banned from Visiting Gaza by Israel

December 8, 2014 2:52 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

The Irish Journal, on Friday, reported that Israel has denied leading Irish politician Gerry Adams permission to enter Gaza. According to the PNN, Adams, president of the Catholic Sinn Fein party, is currently on a three-day tour of Israel and Palestine. He had reportedly been invited to visit Gaza by […]

30 Nov

Russian Leadership Declares Continued Support for Palestinian Statehood

November 30, 2014 1:25 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Russian president Vladimir Putin has vowed continued support for Palestinians’ legitimate right to establish an independent, territorial and viable state as soon as possible.’We believe that Palestine’s acquisition of national sovereignty on the common international legal base will be an important factor in ensuring comprehensive, just settlement in the Middle […]

27 Oct

U.S. Official: Lifting the Ban on U.S.-PA Relations, Excludes Arafat

October 27, 2014 4:31 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

renewed American effort to establish ties with the PalestinianGhassan Andoni-IMEMC & Agencies, May 8, 2004 State Department official David Satterfield said on Friday that renewed American effort to establish ties with the Palestinian leadership would not include direct relations to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. Few Israeli officials expressed concerns that […]

27 Oct

U.S Lifts Ban Over Meeting Palestinian Officials

October 27, 2014 4:31 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

American White House announced Thursday that National SecurityGhassan Andoni-IMEMC & agencies, May 7, 2004 As a move to end the U.S. ban on meeting Palestinian officials, American White House announced Thursday that National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice, will meet Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia in Germany on May 17. U.S. […]

23 Sep

Hamas Official: Indirect Talks with Israel to Continue in the Last week of October

September 23, 2014 10:08 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

Eizat Al Rishq, a member of Hamas political bureau, announced on Tuesday that the indirect talks with Israeli mediated by Egypt will resume in the last week of October. Al Rishq added that the round of talks on Tuesday have ended by both the Israeli and Palestinian delegations submitting their […]

21 Aug

Abu Ubaida Calls Delegation Out of Cairo

August 21, 2014 2:28 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

Al-Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Ubaida said over television, on Wednesday, that Israel had ‘failed’ in its assault on the Gaza Strip, and called upon the Palestinian negotiating team in Cairo to return home.The speech came just following a series of Israeli airstrikes which killed at least 22 Palestinians over the […]

18 Aug

Italian MP: Palestinian Solidarity Campaigns to Continue

August 18, 2014 12:30 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Former Vice President of the European Parliament and Italian Parliamentary Member, Luisa Morgantini, has stated that European campaigns in solidarity with the Palestinian people are increasing, particularly after the war crimes committed, by Israel, in Gaza.The statement comes as Morgantini met with Deputy Minister of Local Government, Mazen Ghnaim, also […]

17 Aug

Delegations Return to Cairo for Indirect Talks

Palestinian and Israeli delegations are returning to Cairo, late Saturday, in continuance of indirect talks to reach a long-term ceasefire agreement before the current temporary truce expires at midnight on Tuesday.Head of Fatah’s delegation, Azzam al-Ahmad, told Ma’an that the negotiations session would begin on Sunday. Additionally, sources close to […]

11 Aug

Israel & Palestinians Agree on 72-hour Ceasefire

August 11, 2014 12:11 AM Celine Hagbard Diplomacy, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

A 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip is set to begin at midnight Monday morning, after Palestinian factions and Israeli authorities agreed to hold fire while negotiators work on terms for a longer truce.In the hours leading up to the ceasefire, however, Israeli forces continue to pound the Gaza Strip […]

05 Aug

Palestinian Groups & Israel Agree to 72-hour Ceasefire on Tuesday

August 5, 2014 1:15 AM Celine Hagbard Diplomacy, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

Despite the Israeli refusal to participate in ceasefire negotiations, in Egypt, Palestinian resistance factions have agreed to engage in a 72-hour truce beginning 8 am Tuesday. Israeli officials, who have not participated in the negotiations, they say they will respect a temporary ceasefire Tuesday, but will not agree to any […]

22 Jul

Ecuador Recalls Ambassador from Israel

The Ecuadoran Ambassador has been recalled from Israel, citing the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza which began nearly two weeks ago, and has killed over 550 Palestinians.South Africa considered a similar move last week, but stopped short after meeting of ejecting the Israeli ambassadors after meeting with Israeli officials. On […]

21 Jul

7 Nobel Laureates Among 64 Public Figures Calling for Arms Embargo Against Israel

Sixty-four public figures, including seven Nobel Peace Prize winners, published a letter in the British Guardian newspaper calling for an international arms embargo on Israel for its ‘war crimes and possible crimes against humanity’ in Gaza. The letter reads as follows: ‘Israel has once again unleashed the full force of […]

20 Jul

Hamas Re-issues Terms For Ceasefire With Israel, After Intervention by Qatar, Turkey

July 20, 2014 1:11 PM Celine Hagbard Diplomacy, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

A Hamas-affiliated website has published the ceasefire terms that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have reportedly submitted to the U.S. through a Qatari intermediary. The terms include an immediate cessation of military operations and the end of the siege of Gaza that has been ongoing since 2006.The proposal includes a requirement […]

15 Jul

Egypt Claims to Have Brokered Ceasefire Agreement; Palestinian Factions Say They Were Not Consulted

The Israeli security cabinet reportedly agreed to a ceasefire agreement proposed by the Egyptian government,on Tuesday, but leaders with the Palestinian resistance said that no one had contacted them to negotiate any ceasefire.According to Israeli military reports, the alleged ceasefire proposal would require the Israeli military to end its aerial […]

15 Jul

US Warns Israel Against Ground Assault

According to Egyptian officials, a top US diplomat is scheduled to visit the region, in a joint effort to end a week of deadly violence in Gaza. He comes with a warning from Washington against any Israeli ground invasion of the Strip, AFP reports via Ma’an. ‘Nobody wants to see […]

10 Jul

UN Security Council to Hold Emergency Meeting

As Israeli airstrikes on southern and central Gaza continue Thursday for the third straight day, killing 79 people so far, the UN Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting on the escalating violence.Today is the third day of Israel’s largest military campaign against Gaza since 2012. The total number […]

28 Apr

Jordan and Palestine Sign Cooperation Protocol

On Monday, Minister of Local Government Sa’ed al-Kuni signed a protocol, in Ramallah, for mutual cooperation in local government and municipal affairs with the Jordanian Minister of Municipal Affairs Waleed al-Masri.Under the protocol, both ministries will regularly share news regarding local government and municipal affairs, along with their mechanisms, in […]

25 Apr

Turkey to Provide Aid to West Bank and Gaza Strip

Minister of Turkish Foreign Affairs, Ahmet Davutoğlu, said that his country would provide humanitarian aid to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in facilitation of implementing the Palestinian reconciliation agreement signed Wednesday.Oğlu emphasized, on Thursday, during a telephone call with the Palestinian Prime Minister in the Gaza Strip, Ismail […]

23 Apr

Cooperative Agreements Signed between Palestine and Jordan

Several agreements to enhance mutual cooperation between Palestine and Jordan were signed, Wednesday, at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah.WAFA reports that Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamadalla, and his Jordanian counterpart, Abdullah Ensour, discussed bilateral relations and ways to enhance mutual cooperation in various fields. They chaired the fourth session of […]

20 Apr

‘Miles of Smiles’ Convoy 26 Arrives in Gaza

Miles of Smiles Convoy (26) arrived this past week, in Gaza, with solidarity activists from 21 nations worldwide.Deputy Foreign Minister, Ghazi Hamad, welcomed the convoy’s activists ‘Here Gaza, where we share patience and resilience.’ Hamad expressed hope that the convoy encourages other convoys. He appreciated the delegation’s determination to come […]

16 Apr

Miles of Smiles 26 Breaks Gaza Siege

A governmental committee to break the siege in Gaza said that human right solidarity convoy ”Miles of Smiles 26” is to reach Gaza next Sunday, via Rafah crossing, in the southern Gaza Strip. Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Aladdin al-Battah pointed out that the convoy will be charged with humanitarian […]

18 Jan

Ban Ki-moon Launches Year Of Palestinian Solidarity

[Friday, January 17, 2014] General-Secretary of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, launched a new initiative on Thursday, calling 2014 a “Palestinian Solidarity Year”. According to the Palestinian News Network (PNN), Ban Ki-moon said that 2014 will be will be a crucial year for achieving a two-state solution, ending the occupation […]

13 Jan

Richard Falk: ‘Palestinians do not even have the right to have rights’

(Ma’an) The following is an excerpt from an interview originally published on ‘The Wall has Ears: Conversations for Palestine’ on Jan. 8, 2014.…falk/Frank Barat is an activist based in Belgium and is one of the former coordinators of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine. He recently conducted an interview with […]

18 Dec

Kerry No Longer Perceived To Be Neutral By Palestinians

December 18, 2013 8:21 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

[Wednesday, December 18, 2013] Senior Palestinian sources are accusing the Obama administration of taking up Israeli positions in the peace talks. During U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s last two visits to the region, and in his meetings with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, there were great disagreements and a […]

13 Dec

Israel Sets Conditions For Continuing Peace Negotiations

December 13, 2013 10:49 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Diplomacy, Israel, News Report 0

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, this morning, the Palestinian News Network (PNN) has reported. The meeting was set to be attended by Minister Moshe Ya’alon.Israeli political sources in Jerusalem are expressing the belief that a period of nine months is […]

29 Jul

EU gets “cold shoulder” from Israel due to exclusionary settlement directive

In response to the European Union’s directive that forbids member states from working with Israeli individuals or organizations located within illegal Israeli settlements, Israel’s Defense Minister has ordered that EU officials be given “the cold shoulder”. On 26 July, an Israeli defense department official told AFP that Defense Minister Moshe […]

22 Mar

Abbas’ Speech in the news conference in Ramallah with President Obama

March 22, 2013 9:52 PM IMEMC News Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

Below is the full text of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech in Ramallah in the press conference with US President Barack Obama on Thursday as interpreted.In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Mr. President Barack Obama, I wish to warmly welcome you and your accompanying delegation to Palestine. […]

21 Mar

Obama reiterates calls for two-state solution in Ramallah

March 21, 2013 10:19 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, News Report, Ramallah 0

On his second day of the first presidential visit to Palestine U.S. President Barack Obama met with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. Although Obama condemned the rocket attacks that hit Sderot, yet, he insisted that the Israelis should not use this as an excuse to avoid negotiations, no […]

21 Mar

President Obama in Israel: “That so long as there is a United States of America, Ah-tem lo lah-vahd

March 21, 2013 4:01 PM George Rishmawi Diplomacy, Israel, News Report 0

United States President Barack Obama said there is a real chance for peace in the framework of the two-state solution. “I do not say peace guaranteed, but possible,” he said.He added in his speech in Jerusalem that Israel should build peace with the Arab world because peace is necessary, especially […]

12 Jan

Peres: “Arafat Should Not Have Been Assassinated, Abbas Is A Partner In Peace”

January 12, 2013 1:41 PM Saed Bannoura Diplomacy, Israel, News Report 0

In an interview that was conducted by the New York Times several months ago, and was only published Wednesday (and then republished by Israeli Radio), Israeli President, Shimon Peres, stated that late Palestinian President, Yasser Arafat, should not have been assassinated, adding that “without Arafat, the current situation is more […]

10 Dec

Arab Countries To Grant P.A. $100 Million A Month

December 10, 2012 8:51 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Diplomacy, News Report 0

The Arab Follow-up Committee decided, during its meeting Sunday in Doha – Qatar, to immediately implement a decision that was made during the Baghdad Summit late in March this year, by immediately starting the transfer of $100.000.000 to the Palestinian Authority every month.Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyadh Al-Maliki, stated that the […]

24 Oct

Obama, Romney Reaffirm Support for Israel in Final Debate

October 24, 2012 7:37 AM IMEMC News Diplomacy, International, Opinion/Analysis 0

In the third and final head-to-head debate of the United States presidential election the Republican and Democratic candidates each attempted to out-support the other in dealing with Israel. President Barack Obama has stated time and again that the United States has a “rock solid” commitment to the security and integrity […]

07 Aug

Israel Offers Prisoners Release in Exchange for Palestinian UN Bid

August 7, 2012 5:48 PM IMEMC News Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced plans to release political prisoners in exchange for the Palestinian Authority dropping its upcoming bid for statehood recognition at the United Nations.In a move to avoid a showdown at the United Nations in coming months, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has offered prisoner release […]

03 Aug

PA to Discuss United Nations Bid Next Week

August 3, 2012 5:17 PM IMEMC News Diplomacy, News Report, Ramallah 0

The Palestinian Authority will discuss next week when to go forward with future bids for state recognition at the United Nations.On Thursday PLO spokesperson Saed Erekat said the Palestinian Authority will discuss next week when to move forward with state recognition at the United Nations, reports Ma’an News. The decision […]

30 Jul

Obama, Romney Fight to See Who Can Support Israel the Most

July 30, 2012 6:21 PM IMEMC News Diplomacy, Israel, Opinion/Analysis 0

The United States has long been one of the fiercest allies of Israel on the international stage. The 2012 presidential election has highlighted this relationship, perhaps more than ever before, as both President Obama and Mitt Romney do all they can to reinforce their commitment to Israeli desires.Over the weekend […]

24 Jul

Arab League Fully Supports PA at United Nations

July 24, 2012 2:42 PM IMEMC News Diplomacy, News Report, Ramallah 0

The Arab League has announced on Monday that it will unanimously support the Palestinian bid for statehood recognition in the United Nations General Assembly.On Monday evening the Arab League announced that its member states would support a bid for Palestinian statehood at the United Nations, reports Ma’an News. The decision […]

23 Jul

Palestinian Statehood Discussed at Arab League

July 23, 2012 4:13 PM IMEMC News Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

The Arab League met in Doha, Qatar on Sunday to discuss Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ planned bid for further UN member recognition, reports Ma’an News. The Palestinian Authority has spent much of the past two years searching for opportunities to join various international bodies as full member states. The plan […]

17 Jul

Clinton-Fayyad Talks Yield Promise, No Results

July 17, 2012 4:37 PM IMEMC News Diplomacy, Jerusalem, News Report 0

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Palestinian Prime Minister Salem Fayyad in Jerusalem. This after meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas in Paris on July 6th.The planned meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Palestinian Prime Minster Salem Fayyad ended Tuesday morning without concrete results. The Secretary […]

16 Jul

Secretary Clinton to visit Israel, Palestine

July 16, 2012 3:35 PM IMEMC News Diplomacy, Israel, News Report 0

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Tel Aviv Monday morning for two days of policy discussions with Israeli leadership. The talks will focus on Israel’s evolving relationship with Egypt, the threat posed by Iran, and the stalled peace negotiations with Palestine.Secretary Clinton arrived in Tel Aviv just hours after […]

04 Jul

Palestinian Recognition Set Back by Israeli-American Roadblock

July 4, 2012 3:23 PM IMEMC News Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

The Palestinian delegation to the United Nations has reaffirmed its demand to have voting rights in international conferences and meetings, according to multiple sources.The United Nations is currently working on a binding resolution concerning the global arms market, which is estimated to be worth over $60 billion annually, according to […]

03 Jul

Romney to Visit Israel in July

July 3, 2012 3:32 PM IMEMC News Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to visit Israel later this month and meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Romney is a vocal supporter of Israel and is reported to be on better terms with Netanyahu than current President Barack ObamaVarious international sources have reported that Mitt Romney will […]

26 Jun

Egyptian Election Could Promise Hope for Palestine

News of Egypt’s first ‘democratically elected’ president, Mohammed Mursi, has dominated global headlines for much of the past two days. Mursi’s stance on Israel and Palestine has featured prominently in stories of the election. How will the election of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Mursi change the status quo?According to Bloomberg […]

31 May

Barak: ‘Israel Might Consider State With Temporary Borders’

May 31, 2012 3:20 PM Sarah Snobar Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

Israeli defense minister, Ehud Barak, suggested, Wednesday, that Israel might consider a “unilateral move” for establishing a Palestinian state with temporary borders should negotiations between Israel and Palestine remain at a standstill. The statement was deemed ‘unacceptable’ by the Palestinian presidential spokesman, Nabil Abu Rodeina. Abu Rodeina told the WAFA […]

30 May

UN Official says Opportunity Exists for Two-State Solution

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, briefed the UN Security Council in New York yesterday on developments in the Middle East in the last month.Serry noted a number of positive trends which he said, “if sustained would offer renewed hope for progress,” according to […]

24 May

UK: Israel’s Settlements Harm its International Standing

The WAFA News Agency reported today a UK Foreign Office statement issued on Wednesday. British Foreign Secretary William Hague told his visiting Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman that Israel’s settlement expansion in Jerusalem and the West Bank harms its international standing. “I made clear the UK’s concern about the current stalemate […]

15 May

EU Foreign Ministers Criticise Israel’s Activities in West Bank

Israeli settlement building and curbs on economic development in the occupied West Bank risk wrecking Palestinian hopes of creating their own state, the European Union was reported by Reuters as stating on Monday.Clearly frustrated by long-stalled peace talks, European Union foreign ministers issued a detailed statement, accusing Israel of accelerating […]

24 Apr

Israel To Build Wall On Lebanese Border

April 24, 2012 8:28 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Diplomacy, News Report 0

Israeli TV Channel 10 reported Monday that Israel will start the construction of a separation wall along part of the border with Lebanon, in the north of the country. The construction will commence next week, and the wall will be built around the border town of al-Motella. The wall will […]

18 Apr

Israel rides the rollercoaster of mass hysteria

April 18, 2012 1:37 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Israel, Opinion/Analysis 0

Spending a week in Israel these days is like being trapped within a scene from the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.Like Jack Nicholson in the lead role of that classic film, you might not be insane but the doctors and nurses who run the psychiatric ward manufacture every […]

21 Nov

Surprise Visit: King Abdullah To Meet President Abbas

November 21, 2011 3:23 PM IMEMC News Diplomacy, News Report, Ramallah 0

The King of Jordan, Abdullah II, will make a surprise visit to the West Bank today to meet with President Mahmoud Abbas to reiterate Jordan’s support for the Palestinian people.The visit to Ramallah was confirmed by the Petra News agency and “Comes as part of efforts to achieve peace and […]

11 Nov

Military strike against Iran Unlikely

November 11, 2011 3:36 PM IMEMC News Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Defence officials from both Israel and the US have publicly hosed down speculation that an attack on Iran’s nuclear program is imminent.The Palestinian Chronicle reported that Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has dismissed as recent “delusional” reports regarding the increasing possibility of Tel Aviv launching a military strike against Iran. […]

13 Oct

Abbas Leaves Bogotá Empty-Handed After Failing To Secure Colombia’s Vote.

October 13, 2011 1:22 AM William Gibson Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has failed in his attempt to persuade Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to support the Palestinian bid for statehood at the upcoming United Nations Security Council vote.The delegation from Palestine landed in Bogotá Monday morning full of hope and optimism, they now surely leave disheartened and […]

11 Sep

Netanyahu compares Arab Spring to earthquake, says Israel must tighten security measures

September 11, 2011 6:27 PM IMEMC News Arab World, Diplomacy, News Report 0

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said that the ongoing turmoil in the Arab World and the region is an earthquake at the international level, one that must be addressed by tightening Israeli security measures.“We worked along with the US Administration and Egyptians to withdraw Israeli personnel from the Israeli Embassy […]

11 Sep

Egyptian Interim Government rejects Sharaf’s resignation, declares state of emergency

September 11, 2011 5:49 PM IMEMC News Arab World, Diplomacy, News Report 0

The Supreme Council of Armed Forces in Egypt, which has served as the interim government since the resignation of autocrat Hosni Mubarak in February, on Sunday rejected the resignation of Interim Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, in the midst of chaotic protests outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo.The Egyptian Council also […]

28 Aug

Report: Israel had planned to assassinate Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza

August 28, 2011 10:17 AM Saed Bannoura Diplomacy, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

An Egyptian newspaper reported Saturday that Israeli forces had planned to assassinate Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza after last week’s shooting attack that killed five Israeli civilians and three soldiers, but Israeli officials managed to convince the Israeli leadership not to carry out the assassination.Even so, Israeli forces […]

19 Jul

Palestinian Bid for UN Recognition Moves Forward

Public endorsements from Norway and Syria are the most recent gains in the Palestinian pursuit of statehood recognition through the UN, while Israel claims lobbying efforts are slowing its momentum.Syria has officially recognized a Palestinian state, effective immediately. Norway has affirmed the legitimacy of the plan to take Palestinian statehood […]

13 Jul

PA: US Responsible For Israel’s Racist Policies

The Palestinian Authority has slammed the role of the US in Middle East talks in a statement on Monday. In a press release following a PA meeting to discuss the Middle East Quartet meeting, Palestinian leaders laid the blame for Israeli policies on US Barrack Obama administration’s door. The statement […]

13 Jul

Quartet Make No Progress On Talks. Palestinians On Course To Go Ahead With UN Bid

The Quartet on the Middle East made up of the EU, UN, US, and Russia have neglected to release a statement from Mondays meeting in Washington on a way out of the impasse in peace talks between Palestinian and Israeli leadership. Israeli and Palestinian sources told Haaretz that there is […]

05 Jul

Deal to transfer remains of 84 dead Palestinian fighters blocked by Israeli Minister

July 5, 2011 7:13 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Israel, News Report 0

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barack has prevented the transfer of 84 bodies of Palestinians killed since 1967, then buried in unmarked graves in Israel. Barack made his decision after a report emerged that two of the bodies due to be transferred were those of the Awadallah brothers, two Hamas fighters. […]

10 Jun

Israel Plans International Response To Obstruct Palestinian Statehood

Instructions sent to Israeli embassies around the world have outlined the diplomatic and media strategy combating Palestinian attempts to declare statehood at the UN in September, according to Haaretz. Israeli Foreign Minister Rafael Barak has sent out classified cables demanding embassies submit detailed plans for combating international recognition of a […]

31 May

Spain To Recognize Palestinian State Before September

Spanish Consul General in East Jerusalem, Alfonso Manuel Portales, has announced Spain will recognise a Palestinian state before September. The announcement came after a meeting between the Spanish official and Fatah Executive Council member and director of international affairs Dr. Nabeel Sha’ath. Portales also said that Spain is encouraging other […]

08 Feb

Dutch Foreign Minister Calls For More Exports From Gaza

February 8, 2011 11:54 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Jerusalem, News Report 0

During his visit to Israel, on Monday, Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal has urged the State of Israel to increase the number of items that the Gaza Strip can export.Rosenthal expressed his desire to see the number of items available for export, currently set at tomatoes, strawberries and carnations, increased […]

14 Jan

Guyana Joins other South American Countries in Recognizing Independent Palestinian State

January 14, 2011 10:43 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

According to Al Jazeera, Guyana has become the seventh South American nation to recognize Palestinian independence. It follows in the footsteps of Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile.In a statement released by the country’s Foreign Ministry, Guyana’s said it hoped ‘that the increasing recognition of the state of Palestine […]

29 Dec

UK to Upgrade PLO Diplomatic Mission

December 29, 2010 12:31 AM IMEMC News Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Britain plans to support an upgrade of the diplomatic status of PLO officials in the UK, media agencies reported on Monday. British Foreign Secretary Hague may raise the status of the Palestinian representative’s office to a full diplomatic mission in London following recent collapse of the series of US-sponsored peace […]

15 Dec

P.A. Firefighters Refused Entrance to Israel For Honouring Ceremony

December 15, 2010 3:09 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Israel, News Report 0

Israeli daily, Haaretz, has reported that Israel has cancelled its ceremony to honour the Palestinian firefighters that participated in the global assistance to the State of Israel, following the fire that devastated the Haifa/ Mt. Carmel region, due to Israel refusing to issue entry permits for all firefighters.Entry permits were […]

07 Dec

Turkey and Israel Set to Restore Relations

December 7, 2010 4:02 AM IMEMC News Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Turkish and Israeli diplomats met in Geneva on Sunday, and discussed repairing relations between the two countries cooled since after Israeli military raid on the Gaza flotilla last May, Ha’aretz said.Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary, Feredin Sinirlioglu, and Israeli diplomat, Joseph Ciechanover, met in an attempt to draft an agreement between […]

10 Nov

PA Levels Complaints Against Reported Meeting Between Shin Bet and Hamas

November 10, 2010 12:07 AM IMEMC News Diplomacy, News Report, West Bank 0

While the Palestinian Authority officials say that the reported meeting embarrasses Fatah, Hamas says it was less a meeting and more a series of home raids and interrogations. Shin Bet refuses to comment on the reports.Palestinian sources told Israeli daily, Haaretz, that 10 days ago a number of low ranking […]

29 Jul

Jerusalem: Accused Torturer Set To Head Police- Arab Relations

July 29, 2010 12:29 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The former military interrogator known as ‘Captain George’ has been appointed the director of Arab affairs for the Jerusalem District Police.The post includes responsibilities such as being a liaison between the police commander and the Arab community as well as filing reports on Arab opinion in the city. It is […]

24 Jul

US Upgrades Diplomatic Ties With Palestinian Authority

Palestinian upgraded to ‘general delegation’ in Washington giving it quite a few new privileges.The US announced this week that it would upgrade the status of the Palestinian delegation, actually a PLO office, to that of a ‘general delegation.’ This change in status finally raises the Palestinian Authority in Washington to […]

06 May

Jailed leftist leader comes out in favor of one-state solution

May 6, 2010 9:52 PM Saed Bannoura Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

Ahmed Saadat, the jailed Palestinian leader of the leftist People’s Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said in an interview with Reuters news agency Wednesday that the only way to end the Israel-Palestine conflict is through a one-state solution with equal rights for Jews and Palestinians.In his answers to written […]

25 Mar

New Israeli settlement expansion plan thwarts US efforts at diplomacy

March 25, 2010 7:02 PM Saed Bannoura Diplomacy, Jerusalem, News Report 0

After the US administration asked for ‘clarification’ of Israel’s plan to expand settler housing in East Jerusalem on Tuesday, the Israeli government responded with another bold announcement of a settlement expansion which some Israeli politicians say “spits in the eye” of the Obama administration.The latest announcement by the Israeli government […]

14 Mar

US issues stern warning to Israel due to ongoing settlement expansion

March 14, 2010 7:49 PM Saed Bannoura Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

In his latest waver back and forth on the issue of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, US President Barack Obama issued a warning Friday night to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, saying that he wants the Israeli leader to show that he is “serious about peace” by halting […]

09 Feb

British Government Promises Israeli Official He Won’t Be Arrested During Visit

February 9, 2010 9:44 PM Saed Bannoura Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

After receiving a letter from the British Foreign Ministry promising that he wouldn’t be arrested for war crimes while in England, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon arrived in London on Monday.He is the first Israeli official to visit Britain since a British judge issued an edict declaring that Israeli […]

13 Jan

Abu Al Gheit: “Two State Solution, Or One Bi-national State”

January 13, 2010 8:29 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Diplomacy, News Report 0

Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ahmad Abu Al Gheit, stated in an interview with Egypt’s Channel 2 TV that his country believes in the necessity of establishing a Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and that the resolution of the Palestine-Israel conflict can only be a two-state solution or one […]

02 Jan

PA May Reconsider Security Relations With Israel

January 2, 2010 10:25 PM George Rishmawi Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated that the Palestinian Authority may reconsider its security cooperation with Israel, after Israeli military forces assassinated three Fatah activists in Nablus on December 26 of last year, Palestinian media sources reported.The source added that one of the three, had amnesty from Israel as part of […]

30 Dec

Palestine to Security Council: Israel must stop its state terrorism

December 30, 2009 10:04 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Palestinian official has urged the Security Council to compel Israel to stop its illegal settlement activities and to act in a responsible manner so that the peace process can resume, warning that failure to do so will have far-reaching consequences for the whole region. In a letter to the UN […]

21 Dec

PA Economy Minister: Palestinians Spend Half A Billion Dollars A Year On Israeli Settlement Products

December 21, 2009 9:52 PM Saed Bannoura Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

Hassan Abu Libdeh, the Palestinian Minister of the Economy with the Fateh-led de facto government in the West Bank, told a meeting of the Nablus Chamber of Commerce Sunday that, according to his figures, Palestinian people living in the West Bank and Gaza spend over five hundred million dollars a […]

01 Dec

EU To Consider Resolution Recognizing East Jerusalem As Palestinian Capital

December 1, 2009 11:38 PM Saed Bannoura Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Sweden has introduced a resolution to the European Union to be considered next week in Brussels that would call for the recognition of East Jerusalem as the capital of any future Palestinian state. Israeli officials immediately condemned the proposal and said that it will harm negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian […]