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.

Hamas calls Tapuah Junction terrorist 'icon of Palestinian resistance'

Muntaser Shalabi, 44, was arrested on Wednesday night by the IDF just hours after one of the three Israelis injured in the attack, 19-year-old Yehuda Geutta, died of his wounds.

EU decries Israeli expansion of Har Homa, pending Sheikh Jarrah evictions

"The implementation of these plans would cut off east Jerusalem from Bethlehem and severely undermine future negotiations towards a two-state solution."

Settlers to sue B'Tselem for alleging they set Palestinian fields ablaze

The Samaria Regional Council plans to sue the left-wing NGO B'Ttselem for slander after it alleged that settlers had set fire to fields near a Palestinian village.

US President's senior adviser Jared Kushner speaks as US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien st

Kushner launches group to promote Arab states' new ties with Israel

Kushner is founding the "Abraham Accords Institute for Peace," to work on deepening agreements Israel reached last year with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.

By REUTERS
05/05/2021
Tapuah junction

Palestinian Fatah calls on locals to delete evidence of terror attack

Fatah's Nablus branch made a post on its official Facebook page, within hours of the attack, calling on "honored" members of the Palestinian community to delete the security footage.

Israel, Lebanon hold fifth maritime border talks meeting

At the end of the talks, the Israeli negotiating team updated Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, and they held discussions on their next steps.

Jewish extremists attack 2 Palestinians overnight in West Bank - report

The violence followed Sunday's Palestinian drive-by-shooting attack against a crowded bus stop at the Tapuah Junction in the West Bank that injured three and left two teens in serious condition.

Students from the University of Birzeit clash with Israeli security forces (unseen) near the West Ba

Palestinian Authority says working 'to prevent violence’

‘Israeli measures, settler attacks could lead to intifada’

Israel, Lebanon to return to maritime border talks on Tuesday

The talks will take place at the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) base in Naquora, near Rosh Hanikra, with US mediation, as they did in October and November of 2020.

Night of West Bank violence followed shooting attack on three Israelis

Jewish extremists thought to be settlers attacked the village of Jalud, according to NGO Yesh Din

Israel works to identify 44 killed in Lag Ba'omer Mount Meron stampede

Hezbollah supporters, pro-Palestinian social media celebrate Meron deaths

While Israelis are in mourning, the pro-Hezbollah and extremist pro-Palestinian social media accounts are calling this a “blessed Friday” posting photos of the body bags.

Will Ahlam Tamimi be extradited from Jordan for the murder of Malki Roth?

LEGAL AFFAIRS: Is justice ignored for the victims of the Sbarro suicide bombing?

Abbas: Palestinian elections postponed after Israel blocks Jerusalem vote

“There will be no elections without Jerusalem,” Abbas said in opening remarks during a meeting of leaders of several Palestinian factions in Ramallah.

Israel, Lebanon aim to restart maritime border talks

"We are examining the renewal of talks based on the known disputed territory," Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz's spokesman said.

EU moves to stop funding Palestinian terrorists, inciting textbooks

The new guideline doubles down on the European Parliament’s commitment to prevent EU donations from ending up in the hands of terrorists, by calling for proactive recovery of funds.

Jerusalem on fire: What sparked the violence and will it get worse?

“Within the next two weeks, we have al-Quds Day, Laylat al-Qadr, Eid al-Fitr, Jerusalem Day and Shavuot. I wish us all good luck; we are going to need it.”

28/04/2021

Seminary students visit Bedouin sheikh injured in Jerusalem violence

The attack left al-Obra and his daughter lightly injured, after being pelted with rocks outside of the Damascus Gate.

Are Gaza rockets bad news for a viable anti-Netanyahu bloc? - analysis

It wasn't bad enough Israel lacks a government to deal with tensions that are ratcheting up with Iran and the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. Now Netanyahu also has to weigh a possible war with Hamas.

IDF to respond strongly if Gaza rockets continue - security cabinet

The fishing zone in the Gaza Strip has been completely closed until further notice.

Tik Tok logo / illustrative

TikTok intifada is ‘just the tip of the iceberg’ - analysis

Many have blamed the popular short-video sharing platform for playing a role in the recent security escalation, which ultimately has included the firing of dozens of rockets into Israel.

Protesters demand return of bodies of Hadar Goldin, Oron Shaul from Hamas

The demonstrations are an attempt to put pressure on the Israeli leadership "to express Israel's sovereignty" by bringing back the bodies for a Jewish burial.

A ROCKET IS fired toward Israel from the southern Gaza Strip in February.

Sirens heard in Sderot as 3 rockets launched into Israel from Gaza

It is possible there were multiple interceptions by the Iron Dome defense system.

Arab protesters throw bottles at police after Jerusalem barricades removed

Religious Zionist Party leader Bezalel Smotrich criticized the removal of the barricades, saying that it was "succumbing to terror" and could end up encouraging further violence.

Palestinians: Israel responsible for Jerusalem violence

In a statement, the PA leadership condemned the “incitement to kill Arabs by settlers and far-Right groups who are protected by the Israeli army and police.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaking at the State Department in Washington, earlier this mo

US State Department condemns rocket fire from Gaza into Israel

Six of the rockets were intercepted throughout the night. Most of them landed in open fields and were fired to short ranges.

Aiming at Dimona: Did the Syrian regime purposely target Israel?

Much remains unclear about the incident on April 22, including why Syria fired a missile so wildly and so far south into Israel – and whether Israel’s interceptors failed to stop the threat.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits an old army outpost overlooking the Jordan Valley last June

Jordan Valley a strategic necessity despite tech developments - report

Gold released the report published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, which he heads, because of his concern that the opposite view is gaining traction in Washington.

Israel's Navy ready to attack Hezbollah from the sea like never before

SECURITY and DEFENSE: The navy’s missile ships have changed goals, reorganized, and now prepare for war on all fronts.

22/04/2021

Settlers, Palestinians dream of joint Hebron hotel at kosher Iftar feast

Head of Hebron's Jewish community Hillel Horowitz spoke of the religious ties that bind Jews and Muslims, such as their common ancestry as descents of the biblical Abraham.

Jordan backs Palestinians on Jerusalem elections, two-state solution

“Jerusalem is a red line for Jordan, the king and our people, as it is a red line for the State of Palestine.”

Are Jerusalem riots linked to the Palestinian elections? - analysis

This is Fatah's way of winning votes - by presenting itself as being at the forefront of the battle against Israeli measures and policies in the city.

UK notes opposition to ICC probe into alleged Israeli war crimes

“This investigation gives the impression of being a partial and prejudicial attack on a friend and ally of the UK’s," said PM Boris Johnson.

Sudan denies that delegation will visit Israel

Sources had previously told Reuters that a Sudanese delegation comprising security and intelligence officials would travel to Israel next week.

By REUTERS
16/04/2021
Amnesty international billboard

Amnesty denounces S-G's tweet that alluded Israel assassinated Arafat

Callamard began her duties as secretary-general just last month.

Palestinians take part in a rally marking the 31st anniversary of Hamas' founding, in Gaza City

Palestinian Election: Nearly a third of party logos erase Israel from map

Among these parties are two of the major front-runners: Hamas and Fatah.

Hamas: IDF crackdown won’t stop us from running in elections

“Hamas is using the arrests to gain more sympathy among the Palestinians.”

9TH Governors Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 11/11/2017 - Actor Richard Gere

Richard Gere: Israelis won't have a home until the Palestinians have one

"We know that more hatred and more anger will never lead us out of this," Gere said in a video appearance at the annual Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Ceremony to mark Remembrance Day.

An Iranian Shahed 171 drone dropping a bomb as part of a military exercise in the Gulf, in Iran

IDF is only 22% protected from drone attacks - comptroller report

IDF intelligence suffering because of the move from North to South.

Palestinians ‘optimistic’ about resumption of peace process

It also renewed its commitment to the two-state solution “based on the foundations of international legitimacy.”

How did Iron Dome's strategic depth transform Israel's defense?

No other country has been subjected to the sort of missile threats Israel faces and no other country has really created an integrated multi-layered air defense system like Israel has.

5 things to know about US funding to Palestinians and terror payments

State Department spokesman Ned Price assured that the funding was “absolutely consistent with relevant US law.”

Al-Aqsa preacher: Muslims who sell property to Jews are denied burial

The apartments were reportedly purchased by Ateret Cohanim, an organization that has long been working to expand Jewish presence in east Jerusalem.

Coalition of organizations urge UN to review UNRWA teaching procedures

Among the organizations working with Hadassah are the ADL, B'nai B'rith, OU, ZOA, Christians United for Israel and IMPACT-se.

Iron Dome developers set the record straight on its evolution

Marking 10 years since Iron Dome’s first operational interception, leading figures in developing the missile defense system set the record straight on its evolution

By JACOB NAGEL , SHACHAR SHOHAT
08/04/2021

Israeli intelligence met with Libyan general Haftar's son - report

Haftar, the son of the Libyan General, is currently eyeing Libya's presidential seat, which will be decided in December of this year.

 A GENERAL view of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City last year.

Jordan warns Israel it’s violating Temple Mount status quo

The status quo only allows for Muslim worshipers to pray at the site, which is the third holiest site in Islam and Judaism's most holy sites.

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

US lifts sanctions on ICC prosecutor, court official

Blinken said Washington was taking the step even though it continued "to disagree strongly with the ICC's actions relating to the Afghanistan and Palestinian situations."

View of the Jewish settlement of Efrat and the surrounding fields, in Gush Etzion, West Bank, on Dec

US: It's our longstanding position that the West Bank is occupied

"This has been the longstanding position of previous administrations of both parties over the course of many decades," Price said.

At Israel-Gaza border, the IDF works round the clock to maintain quiet

‘We have incidents almost every day; our basic mission is to allow life to stay normal’

01/04/2021

Passover murder on the Temple Mount

There is no memorial plaque near where Itzkowitz was murdered. He lies in a forsaken nearly unmarked grave.

US: PA tortured participants in American-led 2019 Bahrain parley

The PA had boycotted the conference, but some individual Palestinians did participate.

6 reasons Israeli-Arab political power won't lead to Palestinian state

They are free to temporarily place the conflict on the back burner.

Commando, Home Front Command battalions drill rescue behind enemy lines

‘We are picking our best combat warriors, without differentiating whether they are a man or a woman.’

30/03/2021

Close to the enemy: Joining the IDF on a special operation near Lebanon

The enclave is a piece of territory between the concrete border that was constructed after the Second Lebanon War in 2006, and the Blue Line.

28/03/2021

How the IDF invented 'Roof Knocking', the tactic that saves lives in Gaza

Israel could have taken the easy way out and attacked without phone calls or warning strikes. But it didn’t. The IDF officers and soldiers in the command center knew what they had to do.

25/03/2021

Ze’evi assassin Ahmad Sa’adat to head PFLP list in PA election

In 2006, Sa’adat was sentenced to 30 years in prison for heading an illegal terrorist organization and for his responsibility for the assassination of Ze’evi.

Mideast quartet discusses reviving Israel, Palestinian peace talks

It has said it will continue to urge other countries to normalize ties with Israel, but stressed that is not a substitute for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

By REUTERS
24/03/2021

Infiltrations reported along Gaza, Lebanon borders

The IDF arrested three suspects who infiltrated from Lebanon into Israel near Kiryat Shmona.

21/03/2021

Palestinian killed by IDF during stone-throwing clashes

Asked for comment, the IDF said the incident was under examination.

20/03/2021
David Elhayani, head of the Jordan Valley Regional Council

Settler leader: Use PA terror funds to vaccinate Palestinians

"Either we will establish a future for them without bloodshed or we will leave them to the fate we have lived."

Terrorists held as role models by PA on International Women's Day

According to Palestinian Media Watch, TV programs glorified Dalal Mughrabi, leader of a terrorist attack known as "The Coastal Road Massacre."

Closing arguments start in World Vision alleged terror case

Halabi claims all activities were humanitarian.

A Palestinian prints posters in preparation for a prisoner swap between Hamas and Israel in Gaza, 20

Gantz signs orders for seizure of materials for Hamas printing houses

“The printing houses of Hamas are a propaganda tool which are a cog in a machine of incitement, lies and terror.”

16/03/2021
A car drives past a poster depicting Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in Adaisseh

Ex-IDF intel analysis chief: We know almost everything about Nasrallah

“The IDF knows a lot about Nasrallah. Nasrallah knows this and knows a lot about Israel, but there could still be an escalation which is different from how he usually acts.”

Palestinians, Arab League, condemn Czech Jerusalem office

Palestinian FM called it "a blatant attack on the Palestinian people and their rights, a flagrant violation of international law."

By REUTERS
13/03/2021

10 things to know about Israel's jittery peace with Jordan

A list of Israeli-Jordanian crisis points, most of which center on the Temple Mount.

Hamas claims 3 Gaza fishermen killed by explosive Israeli quadcopter

The Gazan Interior Ministry released an animated video simulating the incident.

11/03/2021
Bethlehem

Education Ministry files complaint against school for praising terrorism

Students were asked to put together memorial projects for the deceased "shahids." The projects featured photos from funeral and songs glorifying the terrorists.

International Criminal Court

ICC notified Palestinian Authority of Israel probe in advance - PA FM

The PA had been in "constant contact" with ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda since they first arrived at the court in 2014.

11/03/2021

IDF arrests five Palestinian children near Havat Maon outpost

Israel has a policy of not arresting children under the age of 12.

Lebanese army fires at Israeli drone flying along border - Hezbollah media

Israeli forces fired flares at the border with Lebanon, near Meiss Ej Jabal, but no injuries were confirmed.

By REUTERS
09/03/2021

BDS groups from US and Europe team up with Iran and Hamas against Israel

Over 60 organizations took part in the Gaza event, organized by The Global Campaign to Return to Palestine, a broad network including many BDS groups.

PLO slams US for ignoring Palestinian misery, pro-Israel, anti-ICC bias

The US “totally ignored the legitimate rights of the Palestinians to have a viable state, while the Israeli occupation state continues to annex vast areas of the Palestinian territory."

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

ICC prosecutor announces formal investigation into Israeli 'war crimes'

Hundreds of Israelis could find themselves at risk by court decision; Israel bracing for protracted legal battle.

Three Palestinian fishermen killed off Gaza coast - report

Some Palestinian media sources are blaming Israel for the incident.

Fatah publishes caricature of Netanyahu as Hitler, covered in blood

The headline for the photo read: "He killed the Palestinians with the weapon of racism!" The caption: "Adolf Netanyahu."

Syrian hand grenades from mid-late 20th century found in Golan Heights

The grenades date back to the Six Day War (1967) and Yom Kippur War (1973,) corresponding with dominant Syrian presence in the Golan back then.

IDF completes underground wall as Israel readies for Hamas war

Southern Command uses mock Palestinian city to exercise various scenarios ahead of possible future confrontation.

04/03/2021

European parliamentarians warn against de facto West Bank annexation

"Diplomatic, legal and financial support for Palestinian communities at risk of demolition and forcible transfer should be increased."

IDF to award medal to SLA, IDF soldiers who fought in Lebanon buffer zone

The Lebanon war started in September 1982 and ended with the Israeli withdrawal in May 2000.

01/03/2021

Pompeo: I know 'many' inside Saudi Arabia want normalization with Israel

"I hope that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can find its way to join the Abraham Accords," Pompeo continued. "I know that many inside that country want that to take place."

Israel-US attacks against Iran in Syria pave way for increased cooperation

Israel has carried out more than 1,500 airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria.

The Golden Gate also known as the Mercy Gate (R) and the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosques

Jordan, PA accuse ‘Jewish extremists’ of storming Temple Mount

“230 Jewish extremists stormed the mosque (on Sunday), conducted tours, and practiced public Talmudic rituals and prayers inside its yards.”

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.

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