Arab Israeli Conflict

The Arab Israeli Conflict: From peace efforts to suicide bombers. News updates and breaking news from the heart of the Israeli – Palestinian conflict that has been shaping the Holy Land for a century.

The scene of a suspected car ramming attack in Jerusalem
Palestinian terrorist in video before attack: Let them taste instant death

The video is still available for viewing on Fatah's official Facebook page, despite its violent content likely being against the social media giant's “Community Standards.”

IDF troops searching for terrorist who committed the shooting attack near Dolev
Israeli reporter goes undercover with IDF in search of Dolev terrorist

The IDF found his body on Monday. The army is reporting that he is believed to have died as a result of a gunshot wound.

Border Police seize two illegal rifles, arrest four Palestinian suspects

The border police were prepared to catch the suspects after receiving intelligence information on a suspicious vehicle containing weapons.

Palestinian officials face threats, abuse for normalizing ties with Israel

They were accused of betraying the Palestinian people and cause by talking to Israelis.

Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the
EU punts on joint response to Trump plan until next month

“We briefly discussed how best to relaunch a political process that is acceptable to both parties and how best to defend internationally agreed parameters of equal rights and international law,”

View over the Tzeelim Kenyon, Judean Desert / Courtesy
Israeli Burning Man-style festival in West Bank sparks controversy

According to The Guardian, local Palestinian residents and authorities were not consulted about the event.

IDF troops searching for terrorist who committed the shooting attack near Dolev
Body of Palestinian suspected of shooting attack near Dolev found

The IDF has found the body of a Palestinian suspected of injuring an IDF soldier who sustained light wounds to his head.

Hassan Nasrallah
Nasrallah: Soleimani's death and Trump's plan 'ushered in confrontation'

‘All the people of the region will carry a rifle, because this American tyrant has left no room for anyone’

A European Union flag flies outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Decem
Shtayyeh: Respond to Israeli annexation, recognize Palestine as state

EU foreign ministers should reject Trump peace plan

Palestinian official Nabil Abu Rudeineh
PA Spokesman: Israelis have to live with us, not the Sudanese

Palestinian officials lay blame for lack of peace on Trump and Netanyahu.

Israelis run for shelter as a siren sounds during a rocket attack at the southern city of Sderot Jul
Gaza-area mayors to Benjamin Netanyahu: Fight Hamas terrorism

“The reality in which our residents live is not moral and cannot continue,” said the mayors.

Palestinian security prisoner found with 11 cellphones in abdomen

A Palestinian security prisoner was found trying to smuggle 11 cellphones into Megiddo Prison in northern Israel last week, but was caught by security guards.

Saudi-Israeli relations to expand only after peace plan, FM says

Senior Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, a participant at the Munich Security Conference, emphasized that a peace agreement must be in accordance with Palestinian conditions.

Israel reduces humanitarian supplies that can enter Gaza after rocket fire

"Hamas is responsible for what is happening in and out of the Gaza Strip," COGAT said in a statement. "Unless the peace is maintained, the State of Israel will act accordingly."

Students Al-Quds Universit
Palestinian uni. apologizes for map that includes only West Bank and Gaza

Al-Quds Open University (QOU), a Palestinian independent public university, on Saturday apologized for publishing a “Map of “Palestine” that includes only the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Jerusalem Mufti Muhammad Hussein
Grand Mufti bans Palestinians from supporting peace plan

Anyone who gives their support to Trump's peace plan deserves to be "cursed by Allah, his angels and all people," the Grand Mufti said.

Palestinian demonstrators burn a U.S. flag during a protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump'
Did IDF lie about shooting Palestinian holding firebomb?

The reason why the troops did not use crowd dispersal equipment, such as tear gas, but rather used live fire remains unknown.

A Palestinian incendiary balloon that landed in a field in Israel
Hamas reportedly sends message to Israel about halting balloons

Reports claiming that an Egyptian security delegation had convinced Hamas and PIJ to stop the launches started to circulate on Tuesday. However, many explosive balloons have reached Israel since.

Bezalel Smotrich: Greatest danger to sovereignty is a unity government

US President Donald Trump plan creates the danger of a Palestinian state – Minister Bezalel Smotrich wants to forestall this by adopting the sovereignty parts of the plan here and now.

PM after Israel reportedly strikes Syria: Maybe it was Belgian air force

Seven people – four Iranians and three Syrians – were killed in an airstrike allegedly launched by the IAF on Iranian targets in the Damascus area.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan
Erdan: Israeli int’l network protects firms from ‘antisemitic’ blacklist

Pompeo outraged by UN database of businesses active in West Bank: ‘Publication confirms unrelenting anti-Israel bias’

Eli Cohen (left) and Yossi Dagan (middle)
Israeli settlers to file class action suit against UN

Settlers on Thursday said they planned to file a local class action suit against the United Nations, based on Israel’s anti-boycott law.

Palestinian demonstrators burn a U.S. flag during a protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump'
Poll: 94% of Palestinians reject Trump plan

82% percent of those surveyed said they believed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict had now become an existential one.

The Palestinians’ non-resolution, the blacklist and how Jerusalem emerged

Diplomatic Affairs: It was a dramatic week for Israel at the UN, and we assess the good, the bad and the ugly.

US President Donald Trump’s former representative for international organizations Jason Greenblatt a
Greenblatt: Palestinians' aspirations do not equal their rights

Greenblatt to continue work on ties between Israel and Gulf States.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses a news conference in the Press Briefing Room at the St
Pompeo: UN blacklist shows its ‘unrelenting anti-Israeli bias’

"Attempts to isolate Israel run counter to all of our efforts to build conditions conducive to Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that lead to a comprehensive and enduring peace."

THE DECISION to name four streets in the predominantly Arab neighborhood of Silwan (pictured) after
Life for Arabs living in east Jerusalem

He declares that his identity is Palestinian and that he is a Moslem (although very moderate, he adds) but nevertheless, he doesn’t want to live under a PA regime

Hamas cyberwarfare (illustrative)
Israeli cyber company uncovers Hamas campaign against PA

Hamas cyber-cells used Trump's plan and Soleimani's assassination to target PA officials.

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY PRESIDENT Mahmoud Abbas greets the audience during a ceremony in Ramallah
Palestinians applaud UN blacklist of businesses operating in 'settlements'

PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi said she “welcomed this positive and overdue step.”

Explosive balloon detonates near Netiv Haasarah, Feb. 2020
Explosive balloons continue to fly after Egyptian mediation attempt

The explosive balloon units continued to launch the explosive devices and make threats on Tuesday and Wednesday. Multiple explosive balloons landed in Israeli communities or detonated in the sky.

A Palestinian boy wears the headband of Hamas' armed wing as he takes part in a rally to protest aga
NGOs call for public support in ending use of Palestinian child soldiers

An estimated 10,000 children are trained in Gazan terrorist camps each year, and that at least 160 have died digging terror tunnels into Israel.

Olmert: Abbas is Israel's best negotiating partner

Palestinian leader willing to hold Quartet-led talks with Israel on the basis of the 2008 Annapolis process he had engaged in with Olmert.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a Security Council meeting at the United Nations i
Abbas: Palestinian state in Trump’s plan is ‘like Swiss cheese’

Danon says Abbas would go to Jerusalem, not New York, if he really wanted to negotiate peace.

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon speaks during a Security Council meeting at the
Danny Danon: Mahmoud Abbas is not committed to peace

“Abbas should not come to New York; he should come to Jerusalem,” Danny Danon said.

US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft
US envoy to Abbas: If you choose peace, America will be there

Craft tells UNSC and the Palestinians that the Trump peace is subject to change. "It is the beginning of a conversation – not the end of one," the Ambassador said.

S President Donald Trump unveils his Middle East peace plan together with Prime Minister Benjamin Ne
The Deal of the Century

Although the plan was welcomed by several Arabs states, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed it as a “conspiracy.”

Despite claim to sever relations, Abu Mazen hasn't followed through

In the wake of Abbas’s rejection, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the PA to come up with a counteroffer.

The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron
Will Israel bypass Palestinians to upgrade Tomb of Patriarchs?

MK Gabi Ashkenazi (Blue and White) said that upgrades are “humanitarian” and not “political”

Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett, 2019.
Trump Plan: Peace vision or annexation plan? - analysis

The Trump administration has approached the peace plan with a level of humility lacking in Israeli politicians.

Fearing instability and violence, Arabs ask Abbas to ‘lower the volume’

Egypt and Saudi Arabia are among countries concerned that calls for demonstrations against Trump's peace plan are creating instability in the region.

PA PRESIDENT Mahmoud Abbas – ‘He makes threats and engages in fiery rhetoric as part of a strategy t
Do Palestinians need a UNSC vote for their PR battle against the US?

The picture of an isolated US when it comes to major diplomatic initiative by American President Donald Trump would be the best response for the Palestinian Authority.

Yair Lapid: No ‘unilateral’ annexation of Jordan Valley, settlements

Blue and White's No. 2 told the Palestinians: ‘No’ isn’t a policy

Palestinian lawyers threaten to sue those who 'accept' Trump plan

Cases will be filed against any company that is found to be involved in the implementation of the Trump peace plan.

Calf (Illustrative)
Naftali Bennett pauses all agricultural imports, exports from West Bank

Just last month, dozens of Israeli farmers brought their calves to Bennett's home to protest the decision by the PA to prohibit the import of Israeli calves.

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman
Friedman: Annexation without US committee endangers recognition

Tweets about waiting for committee come as Netanyahu faces anger for delaying sovereignty in West Bank until after election.

Sudan leader on Netanyahu: We shook hands, I was not afraid

Sudan's President of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, noted personal details in an interview with a local newspaper, regarding his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Abbas worried Israel won’t allow him into Ramallah if he visits Gaza

Fatah officials arrive in Gaza to discuss ways of foiling Trump plan

Palestinian killed in violent clashes with IDF troops in the West Bank

IDF tanks struck two Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip on Saturday night after a projectile was fired from the coastal enclave to southern Israel.

Device attached to balloons launched from Gaza.
Incendiary balloons found in Sderot, Lachish and Ashkelon regions

Incendiary balloons with an explosive device attached were found in a Beit Shemesh street on Thursday evening.

Temple Mount: Israel police send worshipers home ahead of Friday prayers

Friday prayers at al-Aqsa Mosque have recently been used to protest against Israeli actions at the site and the release of the Trump administration's peace plan.

Russia: Syrian air defense nearly hit passenger plane after Israeli attack

Passenger plane made emergency landing after coming under fire from Syrian air defenses

Palestinians Gaza
Palestinians, Israelis wage trade war

PA agriculture minister accuses Israel of violating economic protocol signed as part of Oslo Accords

US President Donald Trump and senior adviser Jared Kushner leave the World Economic Forum, 2020.
Kushner: Abbas, Olmert jealous they couldn’t bring about peace themselves

Jared Kushner spoke out against Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday, saying that they are jealous of the peace plan for having the potential to accomplish what they could not.

Jpost editorial logo
Triangle hypocrisy

In brief, the plan sets specific conditions for the US and Israel to support a Palestinian state, including demilitarization of Gaza and their parts of the West Bank, no longer paying terrorists and recognizing Israel as the Jewish state.

A Palestinian reacts next to a fire during a protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middl
The Hebron street battle fought in peace plan's aftermath

The violence across the West Bank comes from the anger Palestinians feel about Trump's peace plan, but it is still far from becoming a third intifada.

UN Security Council meets to discuss Israel's control of the Golan Heights
Israel ‘furious’ at Belgium over UN Security Council ‘demonization’

Foreign Ministry summons ambassador to express outrage after Brussels invites NGO affiliated with PFLP terrorist group to brief UN Security Council.

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman
Friedman to ‘Post’: Settlers should want annexation to be done right

US ambassador provides clarity in the confusion over the timing of US recognition of Israeli settlement annexation.

A Palestinian gunman holds a weapon during the funeral of Palestinian Yazan Abu Tabekh, who was kill
Muted Palestinian response to peace plan paves way for lone wolf attacks

Despite incitement to insurrection by the PA, the response to Trump's Deal of the Century has been muted. But this makes lone wolf attacks more likely.

Palestinians clash with Israeli troops in the West Bank village of Kusra
Hamas guiding terror attacks in Jerusalem, West Bank

"The focus tonight was in Jenin which is turning into a battlefield."

A Palestinian hurls stones at Israeli troops during a protest against the U.S. President Donald Trum
Fatah official instructed PA security not to pursue terrorists

Fatah official Tawfiq Tirawi claimed the terrorists were part of the PA's security efforts, and should therefore be left alone to carry out their attacks.

National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien arrives before U.S. President Donald Trump delivers joint r
US security chief: Aliyah surge could make two-state solution impossible

If the Palestinians accept the plan, “Palestine could become the Singapore of the Middle East,” O’Brien stated.

Ayelet Shaked and Bezalel Smotrich meets with sovereignty supporters. February 6, 2020.
Shaked: Trump officials think sovereignty should be applied immediately

Netanyahu ‘can deliver immediate imposition if he wants to,’ says Smotrich

Gaza Imam indicted for smuggling funds from Malaysia charities to Hamas

$3,000 USD were smuggled on behalf of the Malaysian charities to Hamas

Israeli police officers secure the area following a suspected shooting attack in which an Israeli po
IDF beefs up troops in West Bank as Palestinian terror attacks continue

Earlier on Thursday, a border police officer was lightly wounded in an attack on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, just hours after 12 Israeli soldiers were rammed by a car.

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
Olmert event on Abbas’ agenda for NY trip to condemn Israel

The two will hold a joint event when Abbas travels to New York to urge the UN Security Council to condemn Israel.

Two Palestinians, including policeman, killed by IDF in Jenin

Yazan Abu Tabikh and Sgt. Tarek Badwan killed during IDF operation to demolish home of Palestinian terrorist.

Homes in the Beit El settlement, West Bank
The Israeli Jews at the Heart of Trump’s Peace Plan

Driven by an ideology infused with both religious and nationalistic element, many of the estimated 500,000 Jews living in the West Bank remain skeptical of the US initiative

Palestinians clash with Israeli troops in the West Bank village of Kusra
Clashes erupt in Jenin over IDF demolition of terrorist’s house

Al-Qanba is a member of the cell that murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevah in the outpost of Havat Gilad in 2018.

A ball of fire is seen during an Israeli air strike in Gaza City May 4, 2019
IDF attacks targets in Gaza following mortar launches

The relative calm between the Gaza factions and the IDF was interrupted when tensions grew over US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan, also known as the Deal of the Century.

Gaza terror: How condoms became a weapon against Israel

Two years of explosive condoms launched from Gaza towards Israel has left the powerful IDF perplexed.

Israel terror attack
Palestinian propaganda aimed at children depicts real-life terror attacks

The video, which has been shared on TikTok, an app popular with children, encourages terrorism by linking it with the State of Palestine.

Balloons attached to an explosive charge landed in an open field near Sderot
Balloon terror continues, kids in kindergarten forced to run for shelter

In a video, the balloon can be seen drifting as the teacher calls the crying children to come back to the building while they were playing outside in the yard.

Mahmoud al-Habbash
PA official condemned Deal of the Century as 'filth of the century'

Religious leader Mahmoud al-Habbash encouraged martyrdom, and threatened that anyone who would accept the president's 'Deal of the Century' would be treated as a traitor.

The United Nations General Assembly votes to adopt a draft resolution to deplore the use of excessiv
Palestinians push UN Security Council to condemn Trump plan, Israel

However, the resolution could then go to the UN General Assembly, where it is likely to be approved.

PA must halt pay-for-slay policy for ‘peace and prosperity’ - analysis

“The antithesis of peace is taking money to reward terrorists for being terrorists... You cannot have a state that rewards terrorism – this is contradictory to the whole world order.” – PMW official.

Navy, Shin Bet thwart attempted weapons smuggling into Gaza from Sinai
Navy, Shin Bet thwart attempted weapons smuggling into Gaza from Sinai

An investigation found that the weapons were destined for Hamas's naval commando unit.

Palestinians look to regroup after unveiling of US peace proposal

One official calls it an ‘Israeli plan in an American envelope,’ while another says it is so one-sided that it simply has to be rejected

WILL THERE be another peace push from Jared Kushner and the White House?
Kushner may head to UNSC ahead of Abbas on Trump plan

A US official said that, “Kushner will travel to New York on Thursday to brief UNSC ambassadors on our Vision for Peace.”

Explosive balloon found in southern Israel, Feb. 3, 2020
Gaza balloon units threaten to use tear gas balloons in coming days

Eight explosive balloons were reported in Israel on Monday. Regional council head: "video... allows [us] to imagine what would happen if the balloons had landed in a kindergarten, God forbid."

Israeli border policeman is on fire as he is hit with a molotov cocktail thrown by Palestinians
Border Police officer, IDF soldier hit by Molotov cocktails in clashes

On Sunday, an IDF soldier was struck by a Molotov cocktail during clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in Hebron, according to Palestinian reports.

IDF reinforces Iron Dome batteries in the South

Palestinian Islamic Jihad is concerned Israel might target leaders over violence.

PA PRESIDENT Mahmoud Abbas – ‘He makes threats and engages in fiery rhetoric as part of a strategy t
Fatah on Deal of the Century: Palestine must be defended 'with blood'

Fatah has told Palestinians to reject Trump's peace plan, claiming that the whole of Israel is part of the Quran which must be defended with their lives.

Terrorist groups in Gaza on high alert, fear assassinations

Most of the rockets fired in the past two weeks were fired by PIJ. Khalil Bathani, a leader in PIJ, is considered the main possible target, according to Ynet. He has been targeted in the past.

White House adviser Jared Kushner at the "2019 Prison Reform Summit"
Kushner: 'Deal of the Century' map can be changed by Palestinians

Kushner says of Erekat, "the guy has a perfect track record of failing at making peace deals." US and Israel to begin annexation preparations within weeks.

EU diplomat: US 'so-called peace plan' challenges international law

On Sunday, the EU released Borrell's remarks following his meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi.

Gulf states vs Iran and Arab League on 'Deal of Century'

Every month in the last years brought some evidence of warming relations between Israel and the Gulf. But the elephant in the room was always direct meetings and normalization.

Palestinians protest against Deal of the Century Middle East peace plan in Gaza, Jan. 31, 2020
Explosive balloons, violent clashes, as gas flows into Gaza

Over 11 rockets and mortars have been fired into Israel in the past week and a half and dozens of explosive balloons have been launched into Israel from Gaza and the West Bank.

Smoke and flame are seen during an Israeli air strike in Gaza
After relative calm with Gaza, four days of rocket fire towards Israel

COGAT bans import of concrete into Gaza, cancels 500 work permits

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver joint remarks on
Netanyahu weighing narrow sovereignty plan - Report

The right wing had wanted a peace plan that included all of Area C under sovereign Israel, not just half of it.

Israel: US likely to veto UNSC resolution against Trump peace plan

The Palestinians are working to bring a resolution to the 15-member Security Council that would condemn the peace plan. PA President Mahmoud Abbas will attend the meeting in New York.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech following the announcement by the U.S. Preside
Abbas: Caught between a rock and a hard place - analysis

Since the unveiling of Trump’s plan for Mideast peace last week, Abbas has been facing increased criticism from Palestinians for failing to carry out his recurring threats.

Abbas: Palestinians will cut all ties with Israel, US

“We have informed the Israelis and Americans of this decision through two letters,” Abbas said in a speech at an emergency meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo.

U.S. President Donald Trump looks over at Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a joint
Peace, what could go wrong? - analysis

The Tell is a weekly roundup of the latest Jewish political news from Ron Kampeas, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s Washington Bureau Chief.

Trump plan erases ‘land for peace,’ but will Israeli annexation follow?

“The United States will recognize Israeli sovereignty over the territory that my vision provides to be part of the State of Israel,” Donald Trump stated.

Following ‘cattle crisis,’ Israel bans import of Palestinian agricultural products

The measure marks a new step in a prolonged crisis after PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh prohibited the import of Israeli cattle and other livestock to the PA territories.

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