Category Archives: Diplomacy

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 […]

12 Aug

Irish sources refute reports of assassination attempt on exiled Palestinian

August 12, 2008 2:57 AM George Rishmawi Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Both Palestinian and Irish sources decried reports that a Palestinian exile in Ireland, Jihad Jaara, escaped an assassination attempt and describe the story as a total fabrication.The Irish Times reported on August 9, that reports which alleged that the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, tried to assassinate Jaara are false. […]

24 Jul

US Presidential Candidate Barack Obama visits Jerusalem and Rammalah on Wednesday

July 24, 2008 12:55 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Jerusalem, News Report 0

 United States Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama visited Jerusalem and Ramallah on Wednesday meeting with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, President Shimon Peres, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and other dignitaries.  While in Jerusalem, Obama met with President Shimon Peres and stated that the security of Israel will be of great importance […]

21 Jul

British PM visits Palestine and Israel meets top officials

July 21, 2008 3:10 AM IMEMC & Agencies Bethlehem, Diplomacy, News Report 0

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown ended a visit to Bethlehem where he, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad headed a Palestinian-British Business meeting attended by a number of Palestinian and British businessmen. The meeting yielded in the UK pledging 500 million USD for three years, 2008 – 2011.  […]

19 Jul

Egypt considers Israeli continued settlements activity in Jerusalem a threat to the peace process

Egypt warned from the continued Israeli settlements construction in Jerusalem is harmful to the peace process. The comments were made by the Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmad Abu Al Ghayit talks with Didiah Fariti, the Swaziland envoy to the Middle East, on Friday evening in Cairo. Husam Zaki the spokesperson of […]

19 Jul

President Abbas to meet the British Prime Minister in Bethlehem on Sunday

July 19, 2008 8:41 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

Palestinian sources reported that the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Sunday in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem. This is Brown’s first visit to Palestine as the Prime Minister of Britain. British business men are expected to accompany Brown during his […]

17 Jul

Hezbollah and Israel completed the swap deal

July 17, 2008 3:30 AM IMEMC News Arab World, Diplomacy, News Report 0

Israel and Hezbollah completed the exchange of prisoners and remains of dead soldiers and fighters Wednesday afternoon.Five Arab, including Palestinian, prisoners, in Israeli jails have been released including Samir Qintar, Israel’s longest held Lebanese prisoner who has been incarcerated in an Israeli jail for the past 30 years. In return, […]

10 Jul

G8 urges Israel to stop settlement construction

Leaders of G8 industrialized nations urged Israel on Wednesday to stop settlement construction in the Palestinian territories. The leaders, who held a conference in Japan, also called on the Palestinians to stop resorting to violence, so that peace and stability can prevail in the region. Of the other issues, the […]

27 Jun

Latest Round of Talks Over Shalit to Begin

June 27, 2008 12:56 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Israel, News Report 0

The negotiations over a proposed prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel are heating up as Israeli officials presented Egyptian mediators with their latest offer in order to obtain the return of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Israeli unwillingness to free all of the prisoners that Hamas asked for has […]

24 Jun

The French President arrives in Bethlehem and meets President Abbas

June 24, 2008 9:34 PM IMEMC & Agencies Bethlehem, Diplomacy, News Report 0

The French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived at the Presidential Compound in Bethlehem city located in the southern part of the West Bank on Tuesday midday. Sarkozy was greeted by President Mahmoud Abbas. After the military band played both the French and the Palestinian national anthems, both presidents started their talk […]

24 Jun

Hamas publishes a letter from the captured Israeli soldier to his parents

June 24, 2008 10:24 AM George Rishmawi Diplomacy, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

The Islamic Resistance Movement, (Hamas) published Monday evening a letter from the captured Israeli soldier in the Gaza Strip Gilad Shalit to his parents.The letter, which was claimed to be written by Shalit himself, can be a sign that he is still alive.  Shalit's family refused to publish the letter, […]

21 Jun

Haniyya: “Gaza siege will be fully lifted after 10 days of truce”

June 21, 2008 7:54 AM Saed Bannoura Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

Prime Minister of the dissolved government in Gaza, Hamas political leader, Ismail Haniyya, stated on Friday that the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip will be fully lifted after ten days of truce between Hamas and Israel. The truce took effect on Thursday. In a speech after Friday prayers at […]

09 Jun

Israeli officials downplay Mofaz’s threat to attack Iran

June 9, 2008 4:20 PM Saed Bannoura Diplomacy, Israel, News Report 0

After the Israeli transportation minister Shaul Mofaz, made a controversial threat on Friday that an attack on Iran was “inevitable”, other Israeli government officials have attempted to backtrack and play down the statement. The Israeli Prime Minister's spokesman stated that “all options are on the table” when it comes to […]

09 Jun

Israeli officials: We will invade Gaza before truce deal takes effect

June 9, 2008 5:02 AM Ghassan Bannoura Diplomacy, Israel, News Report 0

Israeli army officials told the Jerusalem Post news paper that the Israeli government will conduct a medium range ground offensive targeting Gaza before any truce deal with the Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza takes effect. The officials said that it's likely the operation will be approved this coming Tuesday during […]

08 Jun

Israeli government withholds Palestinian Authority funds

June 8, 2008 8:10 AM Saed Bannoura Diplomacy, Israel, News Report 0

In the latest of a series of provocations this week, the Israeli government has withheld part of the monthly funding of the Palestinian Authority – taxes collected from the Palestinian population by the Israeli occupying forces, then paid to the Palestinian government at the discretion of the Israeli occupying forces. […]

07 Jun

Olmert threatens ‘a harsh military operation’ against Gaza soon

June 7, 2008 11:46 PM Ghassan Bannoura Diplomacy, Israel, News Report 0

The Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert threatened on Saturday to conduct " a harsh military operation" against Gaza soon in order to stop the Palestinian homemade shells from being fired from the coastal region into nearby Israeli areas. Olmert made his comments upon arriving in Israeli after visiting the U.S […]

03 Jun

A U.S official: Gaza siege helps Hamas instead of harming it

A U.S State Department official told on Monday the Israeli online Daily ‘Jerusalem Post’ that the Israeli blockade of Gaza, where Hamas holds a sway, has helped strengthen Hamas instead of harming it. The J.Post reported that the Sate Department will convey such an assessment to Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud […]

11 Apr

Ahmad Quriea’ denies delaying, settlement of Jerusalem and refugee issues

April 11, 2008 12:55 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

Ahmad Qureia', Palestinian senior negotiator, denied on Thursday media reports published by the Israeli daily Newspaper of Yaduth Ahronoth of delaying the final status negotiations on Jerusalem for five years, to be replaced by arranging activities of autonomy of administrative and municipal services in some Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem […]

09 Apr

Trilateral summit to be held in the Region next May

A senior Palestinian official announced on Tuesday that a trilateral summit attended by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, US President George Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in addition to President Husni Mubarak of Egypt , will be held in Egypt He added that the aim of this meeting that […]

09 Apr

Solana: reaching a Palestinian- Israeli peace agreement is still possible before the end of 2008

Javier Solana, EU high commissioner on Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday that reaching a resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict before the end of 2008 is still possible, indicating that these hopes will vanish if no progress is acheived by the end of this summer.In his statements at the the […]

31 Mar

Israeli official: ‘I am ready to meet with Hamas over talks regarding Prisoners deal.’

March 31, 2008 11:58 PM Ghassan Bannoura Diplomacy, Israel, News Report 0

The President of the Israeli right wing Shass movement and the Minister of the Israeli security cabinet, Eli Yishai, told Israeli army radio on Monday that he is willing to hold direct talks with the Hamas movement regarding a possible prisoner deal. The Israeli official slammed the Israeli government for […]

26 Mar

Palestinian Primier Fayyad to meet Israeli Defense Minister Barak on Wednesday

March 26, 2008 1:46 AM Ghassan Bannoura Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

Palestinian and Israeli media sources stated on Tuesday that the Palestinian Prime Minister of the caretaker government Salam Fayyad will meet with the Israeli Defense Minster Ehud Barak in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Barak told Israeli media today that he intends to inform Fayyad of his decision to allow 600 Palestinian […]

26 Mar

Sri Lankan Prime Minister visits West Bank and meets with Abbas

March 26, 2008 1:09 AM Ghassan Bannoura Diplomacy, News Report, West Bank 0

Ratnasiri Wickremanayake the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka visited the West Bank on Tuesday. The visit started in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, where Wickremanayake met Palestinian Authority officials including the Governor of Bethlehem Salah Ta’mari and the Mayor of Bethlehem Victor Batarseh. Wickremanayake made a short visit […]

25 Mar

Israel threatens to sever relations with PA if Palestinian unity talks succeed

March 25, 2008 9:01 AM Saed Bannoura Diplomacy, Israel, News Report 0

According to Israeli sources, top officials in the Israeli government have threatened to cut all ties with the Palestinian Authority if a "national unity" agreement is made between Palestinian factions. "If Abbas decided to return to a unity government with Hamas, Israel would not carry out negotiations with him and […]

20 Mar

Abed Rabu: McCain statements approve the occupation of Jerusalem

March 20, 2008 2:14 AM Ghassan Bannoura Diplomacy, News Report, Ramallah 0

Yasser Abed Rabu, the General Secretary of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on Wednesday – condemned the statement made by U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain, in which he supported calls to make Jerusalem Israel’s capital. The Palestinian official said ‘when McCain supported this idea he legitimized the Israeli occupation […]

19 Mar

Erekat: We can’t discuss negotiations while settlement activity is ongoing

March 19, 2008 1:35 AM Ghassan Bannoura Diplomacy, News Report, Ramallah 0

The head of the Negotiations Department in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Sa'ed Erekat, stated on Tuesday that negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel can not continue with ongoing Israeli settlement construction activity in the West Bank. The Palestinian official told Palestinian National Radio that he had informed the […]

16 Mar

China to send aid to the Palestinian Authority

March 16, 2008 1:40 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, News Report, Ramallah 0

On Saturday, secretary to the Palestinian President Al Tayeb Abed Al Raheem signed an aid agreement in the central West Bank city of Ramallah with the Chinese ambassador to the PA, Yang-Wo Kuh. China pledged in the agreement to fund police vehicles and a crime-investigation lab in addition to communication […]

16 Mar

Ereikat: Egypt is making great efforts to negotiate a truce between Palestinians and Israel

March 16, 2008 12:51 AM Ghassan Bannoura Diplomacy, News Report, Ramallah 0

The head of the Negotiation Affairs Department of the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization), Dr. Sa'eb Ereikat, stated on Saturday that Egypt is making substantial efforts toward achieving a truce between the Palestinians and Israel.  He  added that that Egypt's role is welcomed by the Palestinian Authority. In his statement from […]

12 Mar

Israeli officials: Israel accepts a month-long trial truce with Hamas

March 12, 2008 2:15 AM Ghassan Bannoura Diplomacy, Israel, News Report 0

Amos Gilaad, the Israeli Defence Minister Adviser for Security and Political Affairs told Israeli media on Tuesday that Israel has agreed to announce a month-long trial truce with Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza. According to the Israeli official, the Israeli army will commit to stop attacks in the Gaza strip […]

11 Mar

Javier Solana: no peace in the Middle East with settlement construction

March 11, 2008 10:05 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Javier Solana High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Secretary-General of the European Union, stated on Monday evening that if Israeli continues to built settlements it would not create ‘the right atmosphere’ for peace in the Middle East. Solana added that ‘the construction of settlements must stop’. His […]

11 Mar

Israeli military officials: targeting of Gaza will stop if homemade shells stop

March 11, 2008 2:14 AM Ghassan Bannoura Diplomacy, Israel, News Report 0

Israeli media sources reported on Monday that the Israeli government has instructed the army to stop attacking the Gaza Strip if the Palestinian resistance do not shoot homemade shells from the strip toward nearby Israeli towns. Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak, however, stated on Monday that the army will attack […]

09 Mar

How Israel Taught Hamas All It Knows

    Once more, as Israel continues its ruthless attacks on the Palestinian population (against both civilians and resistance fighters), mainstream media outlets direct the blame on the victims. This time the villain is none other than the democratically elected Palestinian movement Hamas. Of course, no one is suggesting that […]

05 Mar

Hamas: Rice statement facilitates the ongoing war against the resistance movement

March 5, 2008 2:07 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

The Hamas movement on Tuesday considered the statement of Condoleezza Rice the U.S Secretary of State, as part of the ongoing war on the movement and the Palestinian resistance.Sami Abu Zuhri, the Hamas movement spokesperson, said that Rice’s statement which accused Hamas of escalating the violence is part of Rice’s […]

29 Feb

Egyptian official: Palestinian condition desperate, will work to lift Gaza siege

February 29, 2008 2:27 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

The Palestinian Foreign Minister, Ahmad Abu Al Ghiet, told Egyptian media on Thursday that the Palestinian internal condition is now worse than ever. He also said that his country will continue to make efforts to bring the Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas together in an agreement that will serve the […]

25 Feb

Israeli media: Qatar is willing to mediate a truce between Hamas and Israel

February 25, 2008 10:56 PM Ghassan Bannoura Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Israeli media sources reported on Monday that the Qatari Foreign Minister Shikh Hamad Bin- Jassem al-Thani said that his country is willing to mediate a truce between Hamas and Israel. The statement came during a meeting between the Qatari official and left wing Israeli MP, Yousi Beilin. The meeting took […]

21 Feb

Saudi minister: Arab peace initiative will fail without Israeli response

February 21, 2008 8:35 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Diplomacy, News Report 0

The olive branch put forward by the Arab nations in 2004, offering to negotiate an Israeli-Palestinian peace that both sides could agree upon, will soon fail if Israel continues to ignore it, said Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal on Wednesday. Since George Bush, the current US president, held a one-day […]

20 Feb

Fayyad: Palestinian-Israel negotiations will not reach a peace deal this year

February 20, 2008 2:01 AM Ghassan Bannoura Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad stated his doubts on Tuesday over the progress Palestinian-Israeli talks will achieve in reaching a peace deal this year.Prime Minister Fayyad revealed that his doubts stem from the slow pace of the talks. His statement came during a meeting with American Jewish leaders in the […]

10 Feb

Al-Aqsa brigade announce unilateral truce

February 10, 2008 12:57 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

The al-Aqsa brigade, the armed wing of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party announced on Saturday that they are committed to a truce with Israel. The brigade said that they will commit to the truce which the Palestinian president called for on Friday. However in the press statement faxed […]

08 Feb

Tony Blair: the occupation must end and peace efforts should be doubled

February 8, 2008 1:48 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Nablus, News Report 0

The Quartet Envoy to the Middle East, Tony Blair, visited the northern West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday, during his visit Blair stated that the Israeli occupation must end and peace efforts should be doubled. On Thursday Tony Blair visited the city Nablus, in the West Bank. It is […]

05 Feb

New letter from Shalit, the captured Israeli soldier in Gaza, Olmert: a deal on the way

February 5, 2008 1:03 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

Israeli media sources reported on Monday that a new letter from Gil’ad Shalit the captured Israeli soldier in the Gaza strip has reached his family.The reports said that the letter was delivered by the Israeli government to his family after its authenticity was verified. Egyptian officials said this letter will […]

25 Jan

American Official Visits Bethlehem and meets with UN Representatives

January 25, 2008 2:40 AM Ghassan Bannoura Bethlehem, Diplomacy, News Report 0

The assistant of the American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for foreign policies Mr Nicolas Burns, visited the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem on Thursday and met with UNRW officials. Burns visited UNRW schools in Aida refugee camp located in Bethlehem city where he received a debriefing by Mr […]

16 Jan

The Palestinian government calls upon Israel to stop its attacks on Gaza

January 16, 2008 2:50 AM Ghassan Bannoura Diplomacy, News Report, Ramallah 0

The Palestinian government issued a statement on Tuesday afternoon condemning the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip and called on Israel to stop any military operations because it damages the Palestinian-Israeli ongoing talks. The statement was made after the Palestinian government headed by Dr Salam Fayyad met today in the […]

05 Jun

Abbas and Olmert to meet on Thursday

June 5, 2007 2:19 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Jericho, News Report 0

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are due to meet in Jericho on Thursday for their first talks in nearly two months, according to officials in Abbas’ office.Their first meeting in a West Bank city comes after an escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip, with […]

01 Jun

Barghouthi welcomes Norway’s decision to resume Palestine aid

Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Palestinian Minister of Information welcomed on Friday Norway’s decision to resume direct aid to the Palestinian people. Barghouthi, who is the spokesperson of the Palestinian government, said the resumption of direct aid to the Palestinian people will help break the embargo imposed by the United States, European […]

01 Jun

Norway resumes direct aid to the Palestinian Authority

Unlike members of the quartet, Norway has ignored the international financial embargo placed on the Palestinian Authority and has resumed with direct aid to the administration.In a statement released to the press, the Norwegian government confirmed that, after normalising ties with the Hamas-led government in March, it had released 10 […]

16 May

Palestinian FM discusses with EU Official Palestine Situation

EU Foreign Policy chief Javier Solana met with Palestine Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Ziad Abu Amr in Brussels on Tuesday and discussed the latest developments in Palestine. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Abu Amr called on the international community to end the siege of the Palestinian people which […]

30 Apr

EU Parliament Delegation Visits Palestine

A high-level European Parliament delegation started today a six-day visit to Palestine. The delegation, headed by Mr Kyriacos Triantaphyllides (Cyprus), would discuss the relaunching of the Arab League initiative that have raised hopes for a breakthrough and progress towards a solution of the Palestinian problem, the European Commission office in […]