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.

Is Israel legally obligated to provide Palestinians with vaccines?

Israel has vaccinated nearly half of its population while the PA has barely started.

Israel’s ‘vaccine diplomacy’ is a scandal, not Michael Che’s ‘SNL’ joke

Israel has been caught engaging in “vaccine diplomacy,” promising doses to far-off foreign governments before meeting the needs of those they occupy.

By ADI ADAMIT-GORSTEIN/JTA
26/02/2021

Netanyahu: Only response to Iran is sanctions, military threat

Netanyahu also emphasized his close relationships with Democrats and Republicans, and that he has criticized both when he felt their policies were not in Israel’s interests, the source said.

PA, Israel deny reports of a vaccination center on the Temple Mount

An official from the PA and a senior official with the Jordanian-controlled Administration of Jerusalem’s Wakf and al-Aqsa Mosque Affairs said they were unaware of any such request.

IDF gets ready for Hezbollah along the Israeli-Lebanese border

The IDF changes — led by the 91st Galilee Division – were done in recent months, in which the unit carried out significant measures to step up its preparedness.

25/02/2021

There is no alternative to the two-state solution, says King Abdullah

Speaking at the Brookings institute webinar, the King added that “It is time to turn towards conflict resolution, not management and focus on the end goal instead of losing ourselves in the process.”

KKL-JNF allocate NIS 38 million to advance West Bank settlement building

The move comes as the Biden administration persistently warns Israel against unilateral steps in the West Bank such as settlement development.

Qatar says to fund $60 mln pipeline from Israel to Gaza

The Qatari statement, published on its Foreign Ministry website, came two days after Reuters reported that closed-door negotiations on the pipeline had reached a breakthrough.

By REUTERS
25/02/2021

AHLC chair: End Israeli-Palestinian conflict with land for peace formula

Norway FM: This cooperation is important to help the Palestinians roll out a COVID-19 vaccination program, for which additional donor funding is needed.

Hamas: Israel trying to stop us from running in Palestinian election

Some Hamas representatives claimed that they were warned by Israeli authorities against presenting their candidacy.

Palestinian Authority paid terrorists over $150 million in 2020

The amount makes up 3.25% of the PA’s budget for last year, and is about NIS 5m. ($1.5m.) less than last year.

FISHING BOATS on the coast of Gaza.

IDF thwarts naval activity that posed threat to Navy

Earlier on Monday, Palestinian media reported that an IDF vessel fired two shells near a fishing boat off the coast of the Gaza Strip.

Why can’t Netanyahu free Israelis from Gaza as easily as from Syria?

The prisoner swap happened so quickly that the public barely learned an Israeli woman had been held in Syria before she was already safely back in Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden

Israel's strategy as the US reaches out to Iran - analysis

Israel has already begun to shape its strategy in relation to the new administration in Washington.

View of Mount Hermon covered with snow as it seen from the northern Golan Heights, near the border w

Israeli woman released, returns home as two shepherds freed to Syria

The young woman was healthy and did not seem to be hurt in Syria.

ME Quartet pushes to renew involvement in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The Israeli-Palestinian peace process has been frozen since April 2014

UN calls for international support in Palestinian battle to rebuild Humsa

Both Israel and the Palestinians view the struggle over the village as part of the larger land battle for Area C.

Prison cell block

Three Jewish terrorist suspects may be released by Friday

How is the latest Shin Bet, Honenu battle panning out?

Palestinians call for pressure on Israel to allow vaccines into Gaza

Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip also warned that Israel would "bear the consequences" of its decision.

In message to Hezbollah, IAF practices striking 3,000 targets in 24 hours

The drill involved the entire Air Force, including technicians, ammunition officers, and reservists who were called up from home to participate.

16/02/2021

Iran could deploy 200 missiles in Iraq to attack Israel

Iranian rationale for missile deployment in Iraq: Launch against Israel to prevent direct IDF retaliation against targets in Iran territory

Israeli settlers arrested on terrorism charges amid rise in violence

The Israeli police were investigating whether it was an accident or intentional.

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE
16/02/2021

Israel debates banning COVID-19 vaccines for Gaza until captives released

"The time has come to change the paradigm so that one humanitarian gesture is exchanged for another."

Naftali Bennett compares Palestinian Authority to ISIS

Israel's President Reuven Rivlin condemned the demolition, but politicians on the Left have not spoken out, nor has Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued any statement.

Shin Bet nabs Turkish-Hamas funding channel

The operation was carried out by the National Bureau for Counter Terror Financing in the ministry, the Shin Bet and the Customs Authority.

15/02/2021

Jewish settlers set fire to Palestinian vehicle, stone homes - Yesh Din

"Before setting fire to the vehicle, the settlers stole agricultural equipment from the village."

Rivlin: IDF must investigate Palestinian damage to Joshua altar site

Rivlin stated that he wrote to Defense Minister Benny Gantz and asked him to investigate the extent of the damage, and take measures to make sure it doesn't reoccur.

GIDEON SAAR in his Knesset office this week: Leadership is based on advancing your ideology, and the

Sa’ar says West Bank Annexation still a goal, even if not implemented now

‘I support maximum autonomy for Palestinians to rule their lives with minimum ability to harm Israel’

World Vision case controversy continues after 4.5 years

Was Halabi a humanitarian or working with Hamas?

PA, Israel partners in ensuring stability - new Civil Administration head

A relationship with both the Palestinians and the settlers is critical for the Civil Administration head, given that his office oversees Israel and Palestinian civilian life in Area C.

IDF intelligence: Iran at least two years from nuclear bomb

Officer says Tehran sees 2015 nuclear deal as only exit point from its severe situation.

09/02/2021

Iran is strategic threat, battle with Hezbollah more likely - analysis

Experts believe that the sharp drop in Iran’s GDP is equal in its severity to the era of the Iran-Iraq war.

09/02/2021

ICC begins tweeting in Hebrew and Arabic, in clear message to Israelis

"The trial court ruled that the tribunal has territorial jurisdiction over the situation in Palestine," it said.

Palestinian elections: Hamas will promise Islamic law, change and reform

Hamas, of course, is also convinced that many Palestinians will vote for its candidates because they identify with the Islamist movement’s ideology.

Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) poses for pictures at The Hague

Former ICC chief prosecutor: Investigation could take 18 months

"When I was prosecutor, Palestine tried to enter the International Criminal Court, and we debated the problem for three years," Luis Moreno Ocampo said.

Palestinian employees of United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) take part in a protest again

European Parliament raises issue with UNRWA textbooks promoting hate

Many of the books seem to be based on Palestinian Authority education resources. A few label Israel as "Palestine" or just completely erase the country from the map.

The entrance of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is seen in The Hague March 3, 2011.

ICC rules it has jurisdiction to probe war crimes charges against Israelis

Netanyahu: This is pure antisemitism, US: Palestinians do not qualify as sovereign state

Prof. Yuval Shany

ICC ruling: What are the real implications for Israel?

Prof. Yuval Shany said, "We have a long way to go before these investigations mature into indictments against specific individuals and arrest warrants."

A Palestinian woman walks in Khirbet Humsah in Jordan Valley in the West Bank, November 5, 2020.

UN calls for a stop to IDF demolitions on Bedouin villages in West Bank

Humsa al Bqai’a is one of 38 Bedouin communities partially or fully located on zones declared by Israel as "firing zones," intended for military use.

Palestinian PM in Area C calls for sanctions on Israel over demolitions

"Serious sanctions on Israel should be imposed because this Israeli occupation should have a serious price."

Court rejects use of nation state law to block funds to bus Arab students

According to the Haifa court, the lower court should never have brought the Jewish Nation-State Law into the discussion, as it was not relevant.

Palestinian terrorist indicted in murder of Esther Horgen

Mohammad Maroh Kabaha smashed her head repeatedly with a large rock.

Jordan's King Abdullah speaks during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

Jordan’s King Abdullah II exhorts Israel to vaccinate Palestinians

The Palestinian Authority has made contradictory statements blasting Israel for not providing vaccines while insisting that it plans to purchase the vaccines on its own.

Palestinian cave-dwellers worry over Israeli settler incursions

"You'll be sitting with your wife in the cave and the settlers will raid it without any notice," Mour, 60, told Reuters about his family's dwelling near the West Bank city of Hebron.

By REUTERS
04/02/2021
Syrian air defence batteries responding to what the Syrian state media said were Israeli missiles

Alleged Israeli airstrike reported in southern Syria

The airstrike comes after two flights of airlines allegedly used by the IRGC to transfer weapons to Syria and Lebanon were reportedly spotted en route to Damascus.

04/02/2021
YAHYA SINWAR, the leader of Hamas in Gaza, has proven more than once he is pragmatic and is willing

Hamas urges Abbas to lift Gaza sanctions to facilitate elections

The leaders of several Palestinian factions are expected to launch a "national dialogue" in Cairo on February 8 in a bid to reach agreement on the general elections.

IDF drone targeted by anti-aircraft fire over southern Lebanon

The IDF claimed that the drone completed its mission as planned.

Palestinian Authority to honor 'martyrs' by planting 35,000 olive trees

Terror promotion, such as honoring terrorists, is strictly prohibited under article 251 of the Israeli Order for Security Provisions, according to the report.

Rust never sleeps: Gaza's car graveyards turn to profit

That bleak scene is about to change.

By REUTERS
03/02/2021

Palestinian teen arrested while throwing molotov cocktails - watch

During the operation, Border Police fighters were deployed to ambush a number of suspects, who had been identified with the help of IDF observations as they were preparing to throw Molotov cocktails.

Iranian rationale behind the New Delhi terrorist attack

The blast caused no injury, no damage to the building and only damage to windshields of several cars parked in the vicinity.

02/02/2021

Palestinian permits blocked, thousands of Israeli housing units approved

Some 16 plans for new construction were approved from 2019 to 2020, including a factory in Anata, a resort in Qabatya and a clinic in Beit Jala, among other plans.

01/02/2021

Israel not expecting Palestinian peace push from Biden administration

“The US will urge Israel’s government and the Palestinian Authority to avoid unilateral steps that make the two-state solution more difficult.”

Palestinian Authority praises Munich massacre as a 'quality operation'

In a video shared by Fatah on the anniversary of the death of Black September commander Ali Hassan Salameh, the terrorist attack was classified as "a quality operation."

Palestinian workers entrance a tool for regional stability - analysis

The defense minister has to assess whether to allow entrance or not.

29/01/2021

Biden pledge to reopen PLO mission in Washington faces legal hurdles

The legal hurdles underscore the range of challenges Biden may face in restoring ties with the Palestinians and reversing actions taken by Trump.

By REUTERS
29/01/2021

Israeli travelers trek Sudan in search of dialogue, Jewish past

The Jewish community of Sudan once was a melting pot of Jews from all over the Middle East, bringing traders from around the region, including Iraq and Egypt.

By MELANIE SWAN/THE MEDIA LINE
28/01/2021

Tensions growing between Israel, Jordan over al-Aqsa restoration work

The relationship between the two countries is at its lowest point since they signed a peace agreement 26 years ago, according to observers

By MOHAMMAD AL-KASSIM/THE MEDIA LINE
28/01/2021

Palestinian fatwa bans Muslims from following 'modern Abrahamic faith'

The council warned that calls to follow the “modern Abrahamic religion are dangerous and tantamount to apostasy.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner applaud as US President

Israel-Sudan signing ceremony in Washington within months, minister says

There was no immediate comment from Sudanese officials or from the US embassy in Israel.

By REUTERS
27/01/2021

Renewed talk of two-state solution illustrates US influence - analysis

Trump's administration signaled to Israel that it didn’t care about two states, but Biden's will be different • the “one-state” concept is a colonial project designed to remove Israel from the map

THE HAR Bracha vineyard in the Shomron Hills, one of the areas Harcavi was pleased to help develop

Settlers: Israeli jogger attacked by Palestinians near Har Bracha

The victim was transported to Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba.

A medic of the regional hospital receives Russia's "Sputnik V" vaccine shot against the coronavirus

Russian COVID-19 vaccines for Palestinians delayed for technical reasons

The Palestinian Authority informed Israel of the delay.

The Gulf-Israel Women's Forum brings children draped in the flags of Bahrain, Israel and the UAE to

UAE-Israel-Bahrain launch joint trade forum

After the historic Abraham Accords paved the way for a dramatic redefining of trade opportunities in the Middle East, what will Israel with these newfound opportunities?

UK condemns Jerusalem's Givat Hamatos project after contract awarded

He also took issue with Israeli settlement activity in Judea and Samari, stating, "The UK has repeatedly urged Israel to end illegal settlement expansion in the West Bank."

Yaakov Katz: In time, all Mideast will have relations with Israel

Katz said that the Abraham Accords shattered the preconceived notion that the Gulf states would not normalize relations with Israel.

Gaza: Long-awaited oxygen production plant, UAE medical aid enter Strip

THE SHIPMENT, with the first-of-its-kind in Gaza oxygen production plant, will help to mitigate the Strip’s health crisis, reducing the burden placed on the fragile medical system by the pandemic.

By SANAA ALSWERKY/THE MEDIA LINE
21/01/2021
The meeting room where an EU leaders summit will take place is seen especially adapted to keep the s

EU hints Israeli settlement activity harms Abraham Accords

The left-wing NGO Peace Now said that PM Benjamin Netanyahu "is once again putting his personal political interests over those of the country."

JOINT LIST MKs (from left) Mtanes Shehadeh, Ayman Odeh and Ahmad Tibi, and former MK Abd al-Hakeem H

‘PA, not Arab MKs, responsible for establishing Palestinian state’

Most Arab Israelis would like to see their representatives in the Knesset focus less on the Palestinian issue and more on problems facing the Arab sector.

11-year-old Palestinian injured by rock-throwing Jewish settlers - report

Since the death of hilltop youth Ahuvia Sandak last month, Yesh Din investigators say they have received verified reports of 41 different cases of Israeli settlers attacking Palestinian.

Palestinian farmer and son injured in territorial dispute

West Bank territorial dispute ends in violence, as attacks rise

Other incidents of violence such as the two in the Jordan Valley this week, revolve around territorial disputes.

Hanegbi: Palestinian building approvals must go to Security Cabinet

Israeli approvals for Palestinian building in Area C is rare and often sets off a storm of controversy.

UNRWA 'mistakenly' gave Palestinian kids textbooks calling for jihad

One Arabic grammar booklet features phrases like “Jihad is one of the doors to Paradise.” Another reads that “The Palestinians are lions in fighting the enemies.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
16/01/2021

Nickolay Mladenov: Israelis, Palestinians lose envoy of peace

REGIONAL AFFAIRS: For six years, Nickolay Mladenov was the behind-the-scenes official who kept the wheels of a two-state solution moving

An employee works inside the office of the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network in Jerusalem

Aljazeera removes an anti-Israel fake report, but damage already done

"The damage done, however, is that the antisemitic story is spreading widely in Arabic-speaking circles."

Why were there massive airstrikes against Syria? - analysis

The strikes come as the Trump administration is wrapping up its era.

UNRWA's education filled with hate, calls to jihad and violence - report

Israel is demonized for exerting a negative influence on the entire Middle East region.

Israel's new Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi

Ashkenazi, Palestinian FM were invited to launch talks in Cairo

Ashkenazi was unable to attend due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Abbas rival oversees UAE medical aid to Gaza

Hamas has allowed Dahlan loyalists to hold political rallies in the Gaza Strip, much to the dismay of Abbas and the PA leadership in the West Bank.

IDF arrests shepherd crossing the border from Lebanon

It is believed that this shepherd is part of a group that works in cooperation with Hezbollah and crossed into Israel on purpose.

12/01/2021
A young Palestinian sits and two IDF soldiers stand at the entrance of the Qalandiya crossing, 2019.

Border Police officer lightly injured in attempted stabbing at checkpoint

When security forces prevented him from entering the suspect began to become aggressive, pulled out a screwdriver and apparently tried to stab one of the security guards with a screwdriver.

Abdelnaser Soboh, Emergency Health Lead in the World Health Organization's Gaza sub-office, stands n

PA: Israel responsible for providing vaccine to Palestinians

Palestinian officials have in the past two weeks made contradictory statements as to whether the PA had asked Israel for vaccines.

17th year of a four-year term; Will Abbas hold Palestinian elections?

Originally elected for a four year term meant to end in 2009, the Palestinian President faces pressure to hold elections.

Syrian air defence batteries responding to what the Syrian state media said were Israeli missiles

Alleged Israeli airstrike reported in southern Syria

This is the third alleged Israeli airstrike reported in Syria in the past two weeks.

07/01/2021

IDF: Soldier who shot Palestinian felt his life was in danger

The IDF claims that the soldier who shot the Palestinian last week in a village near Hebron did so because he felt that his life was in danger.

07/01/2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the arrival of the first batch of Pfizer vaccines

Israel sends Palestinian Authority vaccines for ‘humanitarian cases’

The small number of vaccines were transferred to the PA earlier this week for and have yet to be used.

E1 area of the West Bank

‘Sovereignty Road’ linking Jerusalem to E1 to receive NIS 14m. boost

“This is a significant breakthrough in advancing the issue."

Israel convicts Palestinian activist of illegal protest, assault

The defendent denied the charges, which included protesting without a permit, obstructing Israeli soldiers' activities in the flashpoint city of Hebron and assaulting a Jewish settler.

By REUTERS
06/01/2021
Prison cell block

Iran temporarily frees Jewish prisoner for her crime of visiting Israel

Travel to Israel is a crime in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Spike in demolition of illegal Palestinian homes in 2020

The demolitions rendered 1,006 Palestinians homeless, of which 627 were in the West Bank.

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