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.

Trails are seen in the sky as Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets that were fired from
COGAT, Qatari envoy, UN coordinator meet in Jerusalem, discuss Gaza

The meeting was initiated by Abu Roken. The three discussed the recent escalation between Israel and the Gaza Strip and ways to return the situation to routine.

Iron Dome anti-missile system fires interception missiles as rockets are launched from Gaza towards
Ex-Mossad chief Pardo: Threat from Gaza worse now than during 2014 war

“We have failed to come up with an end game for either Gaza or any of the Palestinian chapter.”

Trails are seen in the sky as Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets in Ashkelon, southern
Life back to "normal" as shaky ceasefire with Islamic Jihad holds

Close to 100 rockets were fired by the Iranian-backed terror group over the course of two days

Netanyahu advances plans for 3,500 settler homes in West Bank’s E1

"We are building up Jerusalem and the outskirts of Jerusalem. I gave an immediate directive, to deposit plans to build 3500 housing units in E1," the prime minister said.

Trails are seen in the sky as Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets in Ashkelon, southern
Ceasefire with Gaza maintained so far, but for how long?

Despite the relative calm, security officials believe that PIJ operatives will continue to attempt to carry out terror attacks across Israel.

UN Security Council unanimously re-affirms two-state solution

“Council Members reiterated their support for a negotiated two-state solution… where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders.”

Abbas ‘fully supports’ Palestinian officials who meet with Israelis

Abbas praised the “national work” of the Palestinian Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society despite the “difficulties and problems they have been facing.”

Givat Hamatos
Peace Now: Tender issued for 1,077 homes in Givat Hamatos

Peace now warned that the settlement would “sever” the territorial contiguity of a Palestinian Jerusalem-Bethlehem metropolitan area.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a briefing with Defense Minister Naftali Bennett and IDF hea
Gaza is Netanyahu’s 11-year recurring nightmare - analysis

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said 11 years ago: "We will topple Hamas’s terror regime and we will restore security to the residents of Ashkelon, Ashdod and Sderot and to all of Israel.”

Palestinian Islamic Jihad says its response to Israeli ‘crimes’ has ended

The group pledged to continue its ‘jihad and respond to an aggression [by Israel] on the Palestinians and their land" if Israel pursued its "aggression."

Trails are seen in the sky as Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets that were fired from
Bulldozed into a pre-election escalation - analysis

Hamas and PIJ had threatened to avenge the death of PIJ terrorist Muhammed Ali al-Na’im, whose mutilated body was carried by an IDF bulldozer – so it was just a matter of time, and intensity.

IDF tanks along the Gaza border
IDF closes roads and schools near Gaza border amid ongoing tensions

A number of mostly agricultural routes were blocked to traffic in the early hours of Monday morning.

A rocket is fired towards Israel, in the southern Gaza Strip February 24, 2020
Rocket fire continues after Islamic Jihad announces unilateral ceasefire

Israeli security official says Jerusalem "skeptical" about PIJ's ceasefire announcement.

Flame and smoke are seen during an Israeli air strike in the southern Gaza Strip
Where did the Gaza rockets fall? An interactive map

The rockets were launched towards the Gaza border area as well as near Ashkelon and Netivot.

Israel police find seven pipe bombs in house search

"Regular security operations are taking place in all areas to seize weapons, ammunition and explosive devices that can be used for terrorist attacks or criminal activities."

Iron Dome anti-missile system fires interception missiles as rockets are launched from Gaza towards
Palestinian Islamic Jihad bombards South after clash near Gaza border

Group vowed to avenge death of terrorist whose corpse was filmed being carried away by bulldozer.

Hamas official Ismail Haniyeh (R) and the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani
Mossad chief met with Qatar to try to cut deal with Hamas

The meeting took place early in February, but has only just been reported.

Palestinians to resume weekly protests on Gaza border in March

Protests are planned to mark both the Great March of Return and Land Day, as well as in demonstration against Trump's Deal of the Century peace plan.

Naftali Bennett: To stop Gaza terrorism, focus on Iran and Syria

"I will do everything to prevent a third Lebanon war, a 14th Protective Edge, to go to the source, to go to the same people who pay $1b. a year to Hezbollah"

Criminal probe launches against 'Haaretz' writer for incitement to terror

No probe of ‘Haaretz’ itself, State freezes NGO case against him

IDF attacks Islamic Jihad snipers who shot at Israeli soldiers

Palestinian media reported a Palestinian was wounded by IDF fire in southern Gaza Strip, unclear whether wounded Palestinian was one of terrorists.

Caught in the middle of the Palestinians’ normalization debate - comment

I was one of the journalists invited to be briefed by Palestinian officials. Then, the restaurant where we had lunch was attacked, and the PLO is pretending they had nothing to do with us.

International Criminal Court
ICC chief prosecutor meets with prime minister of 'Palestine'

Meeting comes as ICC judges to decide war-crimes controversy

Israeli police find three grenades and parts of M-16 in raid in Arab town

"Israeli police officers are constantly working against the violence and widespread use of firearms by Arab society, in the hands of criminals causing harm to regular citizens."

A Palestinian incendiary balloon that landed in a field in Israel
Explosive balloon found in orchard near Kibbutz Alumim

Bomb disposal experts also came to the area to remove the object and prevent any danger to the public.

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.

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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.

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