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.

PLO official lauds open letter penned by female leaders opposing annexation

"This letter highlights the power and global reach of our inter-sectional and joint struggle as women for these universal values in Palestine and around the world," she added.

Is the Netanyahu-Gantz tension keeping annexation hostage?

DIPLOMATIC AFFAIRS: Being socially and professionally distanced.

Palestinians participate in a march rejecting Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank. Rafah, G
Understanding the Arab world's response to annexation

REGIONAL AFFAIRS: Middle East expert Dalia Dassa Kaye says Israel tends to paint a much rosier picture than reality warrants.

Delayed annexation is a minor Palestinian victory

PALESTINIAN AFFAIRS: PA leaders say their diplomatic efforts forced Netanyahu to backtrack on July 1 annexation.

Attempted arson from a suspected "Price Tag" attack on April 13th, 2018.
Man indicted after setting fire to non-kosher Arabic restaurant – twice

During the first incident, the man was seen hastily pouring a flammable liquid near the entrance to the restaurant while several guests were still eating inside.

Borrell: No proof of EU-funded NGOs working with Palestinian terror groups

Reports by the Strategic Affairs Ministry and the research institute NGO Monitor have shown that senior members of the PFLP terror group lead organizations funded by the EU.

Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh attends a meeting with members of international media in Gazaa
Iran speaks to Hamas about annexation

The discussion was about confronting Israel and getting the “Zionists" to “leave the occupied territories.”

Fatah, Hamas agree to cooperate against Israel, US 'plots'

The joint press conference was the first of its kind in several years between senior Fatah and Hamas officials.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wears a protective face mask during a leadership meeting in Rama
Palestinians slash public wages in tax dispute with Israel over annexation

Many of the PA's 132,000 employees would see their wages cut by half, not to fall below a minimum of 1,750 shekels ($507) a month.

University of Miami
University of Miami students discuss Israel’s annexation plans

Opinions are mixed, with concerns about unilateral moves in the West Bank.

Pulling the annexation trigger – Shurat HaDin’s legal roundtable

Shurat HaDin’s practical interest in the annexation of Judea and Samaria stems from its work in representing Israeli interests in the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Israel heading into annexation abyss without a safety net – analysis

Among those who have not been brought into the debate is the Justice Ministry, whose work would be critical to the issue of transforming the territory into one that was legally bound to Israeli law.

Ofer Shelah
MK Shelah: 'How have we gotten to July 1 without an annexation map?'

State Control Committee slams lack of governmental, security preparation

The Palestinians participate in a march rejecting the policy of the Israeli annexation project in th
Gazans protest annexation as West Bank copes with coronavirus spike

Hamas, Islamic Jihad call for ‘armed resistance’ to foil plan

Australia warns Israel against annexation

This was the first public statement on the matter from the Australian government.

Abu Dhabi, UAE
European sticks won’t stop annexation, but UAE carrots give pause

European threats don’t seem to be at the front of any of the Israeli decision-makers’ minds.

10 things to know about West Bank annexation D-Day

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Here are ten things to know about Israel's first major expansion of its sovereign borders in almost 40 years.

Likud minister: Annexation will happen in July after Trump statement

This declaration was initially scheduled for the end of last week, but was then delayed.

AOC annexation letter: Full letter on Israel's West Bank annexation

Below is the full text of the letter.

Jordanian official Marwan Muasher (L) welcomes Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (C) and Palestinian
Former Jordanian FM says annexation would kill two-state solution

Former Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan Muasher has played a key role in Jordan’s relations with Israel and the US.

THE WEST BANK town of Efrat, with Bethlehem in the background.
Four reasons why Israeli annexation is not happening July 1

Still, missing the July 1 date is symbolic of how fraught the process has become. Here are the reasons why it hasn’t come together the way that Netanyahu had hoped.

Netanyahu: We are still working on sovereignty

Palestinians offer peace talks mediated by UN, but only if Israel gives up all West Bank sovereignty plans.

HEADED TOWARD conflict? Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh arrives for a cabinet meeting
Having declared the Quartet a failure in the past, PA turns to it again

The Quartet is made up of representatives from the US, EU, Russia and the UN.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a leadership meeting in Ramallah, in the Israeli-o
Palestinians: Peace talks only through UN-sponsored international parley

The officials told The Jerusalem Post that the peace talks should be held only through an international peace conference and under the auspices of the United Nations.

Homeland star lends voice to chorus of West Bank annexation opponents

Mandy Patinkin, the actor who played longtime CIA operative Saul Berenson, is the animated spot’s narrator. (Spoiler alert: Berenson defects to Israel in Season 5.)

Palestinians offer negotiations days before planned annexation - report

The PA dispatched a letter on Monday addressed to the Quartet on the Middle East, stating that it's prepared to renew negotiations with Israel and agree to "minor territorial exchanges."

Settler leader to US envoy: Visit West Bank before deciding its fate

“Come see Samaria with your own eyes and meet its people, so you can better understand its reality in depth,” Dagan wrote in a letter he sent to Berkowitz.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Mevo'ot Yericho in the Jordan Valley
Shaked: Netanyahu has given up on sovereignty over the Jordan Valley

Shaked spoke out amid growing reports that Israel planned a partial sovereignty plan over settlement blocs and would not at this time annex the full 30% allowed.

Netanyahu: Annexation will advance peace, not set it back

Trump’s plan ‘doesn’t uproot a single Jew or Arab’ from their homes, says PM.

Palestinian factions call for 'day of rage' to foil annexation

The call was issued after a meeting of several Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip on Sunday.

Palestinians reject partial annexation, warn of PA collapse

PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat told the PA’s Palestine TV that Israel and the US have “resorted to a number of tactics” regarding the annexation plan.

A Palestinian woman steps on a replica of an Israeli flag during an event marking Land Day near the
Gaza terror groups said ‘preparing response’ to annexation

The latest report came in the aftermath of Friday night’s firing of two rockets towards Israel from the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian militants of Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades take part in a military show as they prote
Jordanian MP: If we don't die for Palestine, what is the point of life?

Yahya Al-Saud, the Head of the Jordanian Parliament's Palestine Committee, has called for violent resistance to be on the table in retaliation for Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank.

Will Netanyahu follow through on annexation?

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: What follows is a look at the issues: the timing, pros, cons and potential fallout.

A history of annexation, and how to make it last

MIDDLE ISRAEL: To last, annexations must be politically and demographically digestible.

David Freidman
No American decision on annexation as Friedman returns to Israel

“There is yet no final decision on next steps for implementing” US President Donald Trump’s peace plan.

Pastor John Hagee: Gulf states should offer Israel normalized ties

Hagee and his 8.5-million-member Christians United for Israel support Trump's plan “in its entirety” and would back up Israel if it decides to apply sovereignty to the West Bank and Jordan Valley.

THE MOSSAD’S current head, Yossi Cohen
Mossad head met with Jordan's King Abdullah, discussed annexation - report

Jordan opposes even partial annexation; Israeli intel says Hamas, Islamic Jihad are planning first-of-their-kind attacks.

Israeli Police and soldiers at a temporary "checkpoint" at Bar Ilan junction in Jerusalem, April 13,
Accident or ramming? Different versions for Israeli checkpoint shooting

A young man is shot dead after his car swerves, injuring a Border Police officer. What really happened?

PA PRESIDENT Mahmoud Abbas – ‘He makes threats and engages in fiery rhetoric as part of a strategy t
Abbas hints at dissolving PA in response to annexation

In the past, Abbas has made several threats to dismantle the PA and “and hand the keys back to Israel” in response to Israeli policies and decisions.

Kfar Bara leads the way among Israeli-Arab localities

Kfar Bara is characterized by a homogeneous population of 100% Muslim Arabs and has enjoyed relative electoral stability and strong local leadership for the last 15-odd years.

Prison cell block
Givat Assaf terrorist given four life sentences

Court also gives NIS 15m. punitive damages ‘legal price tag’

Senators Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham at the King David Hotel ahead of the opening of the US embassy
Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton: Trump should support annexation

Seven GOP senators say Trump peace plan will reverse "Obama-Biden legacy."

The Palestinians participate in a march rejecting the policy of the Israeli annexation project in th
Palestinians pessimistic on annexation, say will harm two-state solution

Around a third of Palestinians support a two-state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Israeli security forces arrest  PFLP terror cell members in the Ramallah area
MEPs call for further investigations into EU funding of Palestinian terror

The PA passes around €200 million Euros received from the EU on to the PLO annually, which in turn distributes some of the money to terror groups.

Hamas hints terror attacks would stop annexation

Hamas warned that the Israeli plan was a “conspiracy woven by the Zionist occupation, the American administration and some Arab conspirators against the Palestinian people.”

Benny Gantz, leader of Blue and White party, attends an election campaign event, in Kfar Ahim, Israe
Gantz on annexation: 'We won't get into Palestinian deep sh*t'

If the Palestinians choose not to take part in the talks with Israel about the annexation, “then we will have to move forward without them,” he said.

KOCHAVI (RIGHT) and predecessor Lt.-Gen. (ret.) Gadi Eisenkot flank Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyah
IDF generals urge Trump to stand behind Netanyahu’s sovereignty plan

“Mr. President, thanks to your friendship and visionary leadership, we stand now at an historic crossroad in the 4,000-year history of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel."

David Schenker
US envoy hopes Israel will weigh UAE, Arab concerns about annexation

There are only some eight days left until the July 1 date after which Israel can move on annexation according to the coalition agreement between the Likud and Blue and White parties.

What’s the rush?

Blue and White’s leaders should pull the plug on Netanyahu’s dangerous annexation plans

A member of medical staff swabs the nose of a Palestinian worker for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
The reasons behind Palestinian apathy towards annexation

Right now, Palestinians feel less motivated to take to the streets to protest Israeli or US policies as Fatah and Hamas leaders continue to engage in an incomprehensible struggle over money and power

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman looks on as he speaks during a briefing at The Jerusalem Cent
Ambassador Friedman to travel to Washington amid annexation speculations

Meanwhile, House Democrats are increasing their efforts against the move. 158 Democrats signed the letter calling Israel to avoid applying its sovereignty over parts of the West Bank.

UNHRC arms embargo call against Israel passes by only slim margin

Body approved the text by a 22-8 vote, with 17 abstentions

Palestinian children wearing Hamas headbands take part in a rally against US President Donald Trump
Comprehensive report reveals endemic hate education in Palestinian schools

Palestinian children are being primed for "a continuous and long-range confrontation against the State of Israel," the report found.

Killing of autistic man by Israeli police draws George Floyd parallels

Both Floyd and Hallak were from communities that often complain of police brutality and racism.

Gantz won’t support annexation of areas with Palestinian residents

Netanyahu assured majority for sovereignty in cabinet; EU warns move will have repercussions for ties.

NADAV SHRAGAI tracks terror acts perpetrated in the name of the legendary ‘Al-Aqsa is in danger’ lib
The truth is in danger: Al-Aqsa Terror – From Libel to Blood

Nadav Shragai, a journalist for the past four decades at Haaretz and then Israel Hayom, has just released Al-Aqsa Terror – From Libel to Blood.

Tzipi Livni takes the podium at a press conference announcing her resignation from politics
Hamas condemns international award to ‘war criminal’ Tzipi Livni

From 2001 to 2009, Livni served in the cabinets of Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert and, as foreign minister, she led multiple rounds of peace talks with the Palestinians.

Sbarro pizzeria after Palestinian terrorists detonated a bomb
Failure to extradite Sbarro terrorist ‘egregious denial of justice’

‘We feel the loss of Malki every day,’ says father of Malki Roth, killed in Sbarro suicide bombing, who is seeking extradition of Ahlam Tamimi to US who assisted with the terror attack.

PA shreds sensitive files, fearing Israeli raids after annexation - report

The services reportedly began the destruction of the documents following Mahmoud Abbas' May announcement regarding the termination of the security coordination with Israel.

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

Weapons were being smuggled from northern Sinai into the blockaded enclave for Hamas

The basic error is to treat all the settlements alike
Settlers push annexation map without enclaves

The settlers have argued that they want sovereignty, but not based on Trump’s map.

Netanyahu meets with settler leaders in Gush Etzion after the US stated that settlements are not ill
Blue and White pushing a Gush Etzion, Ma’aleh Adumim annexation plan

Gush Etzion Regional Council head Shlomo Ne’eman immediately rejected the idea of a partial sovereignty plan starting with Gush Etzion and Ma'aleh Adumim.

King of Jordan Abdullah II addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France January 15, 2020.
King Abdullah presses Congress to oppose annexation

King Abdullah reached out to US Congress.

Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf
PA TV re-releases pop video glorifying Palestinian terrorists

The new version of the video includes images of terrorists Dalal Mughrabi, Salah Khalef and Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar.

A rocket is fired towards Israel, in the southern Gaza Strip February 24, 2020
IDF strikes Gaza after rocket fired into Israel

This is the first rocket fired from Gaza since May 6.

Netanyahu: Sovereignty may start small if Gantz insists

PM, Gantz hold second meeting with ambassador Friedman.

Qatar: Israel hasn’t stopped cash grants to Gaza

The report said that Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip decided to stop launching incendiary balloons towards Israel following contacts led by the Qatari and United Nations envoys.

Hooded man holds flaming Molotov cocktail
IDF arrests 3 Palestinians in Hebron about to throw Molotov cocktails

The arrest comes amid rising tensions in Hebron.

Benjamin Netanyahu announces that if reelected, he will extend Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan V
400 Jewish studies scholars denounce Israeli annexation as ‘apartheid’

Palestinian leadership, which views the West Bank as the territory of its state, has decried the move as illegal and a death blow to any future peace process.

Erekat: EU’s double standard on annexation must stop

The senior Palestinian negotiator tells The Media Line he is deeply disappointed after German FM’s visit to the region

The temple mount on the Ninth of Av, July 22, 2018.
Temple Mount guard issued with five month ban for praising terrorist

The guard used the Temple Mount's radio system to pay tribute to Ramadan Shallah, a former leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

UAE: Annexation could destroy Israeli normalization with Arab world

In an effort to directly reach out to Israelis, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the US, Yousef Al Otaiba published an opinion piece in the largest Hebrew daily, Yediot Aharonot.

Explosive balloon in the Shaar HaNegev Regional Council, Jan. 30, 2020
Balloon units threaten to turn Gaza envelope into 'hell'

The balloon units in the Gaza Strip have made similar threats in recent weeks, but only a few balloon launches were announced afterwards

NGO threatens to sue Citibank as ‘pay for slay’ terrorist funds conduit

Allowing such “pay for slay” funds to pass through its accounts could expose Citibank to both civil and criminal liability under the US Anti Terrorism Act.

IDF prepares for violent worst-case-scenarios after West Bank annexation

MILITARY AFFAIRS: The IDF isn’t sure of its role in a West Bank annexation move, but it’s already preparing for the specter of wide-spread violence.

How will the ‘end’ of the global war on terror affect Israel?

SECURITY AFFAIRS: The short answer is that the war on terror gave Israel unprecedented cover to fight its own terror threats using aggressive measures, a luxury that Jerusalem will probably lose.

THE WEST BANK town of Efrat, with Bethlehem in the background.
Stop the hubris – annexation is important for Israel, not Trump

What Israel does will be important to Israelis, the Palestinians and maybe some other actors in the region. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Israel and annexation won’t play a role on November 3

Ari Fuld, 2018
Court considers life sentence for murderer of Ari Fuld

Palestinian Khalil Yusef Ali Jabarin was convicted by the Judea Military Court in January for the murder as well as three other attempted murders.

Netanyahu to German FM: Evacuating settlements is a delusion

Maas says annexation incompatible with international law, warns Germany can’t protect Israel from punitive steps from other countries.

Israeli judges send tacit message to ICC: ‘We respect international law’

Among the issues the ICC will consider is whether or not Palestinians can find redress within the local court system.

Shtayyeh: We will declare state on 1967 lines if Israel annexes W. Bank

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said, "annexation is an existential threat to our future.”

ICC Prosecutor: Israel war crimes probe can go on despite Oslo Accords

The ICC chief prosecutor's statement came in response to a May 27 request from the ICC Pretrial Chamber to clarify the status of the Oslo Accords and their impact on the war crimes probe.

Palestinians hold anti-annexation protest in Ramallah

The protest came two days after thousands of Jews and Arabs gathered in Tel Aviv to demonstrate against the annexation plan.

Israeli security forces guard as Palestinians protest
Police detain Fatah activists for 'illegal' activities in Jerusalem

Palestinian sources said the latest crackdown came after Israeli authorities issued orders banning more than 20 east Jerusalem residents from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

The Palestinian who is suspected of throwing the large stone that killed Amit Ben Yigal
Shin Bet, IDF arrest Palestinian responsible for killing of IDF soldier

The suspect is a 49-year-old Palestinian who lived in the building from which the large stone was thrown onto Golani soldier First Sergeant Amit Ben Yigal.

The UN General Assembly sign outside of the United Nations building in New York
Palestinians advancing UN resolution condemning Israeli annexation

The Palestinians have proposed a number of actions against Israel in recent months at the UN.

Qatar Grant
Qatari envoy expected to return to Gaza, distribute funds

That same grant was distributed throughout April and May without al-Emadi or his deputy, Khaled Haradan, present due to coronavirus restrictions.

THE WEST BANK town of Efrat, with Bethlehem in the background.
Prominent British Jews urge Israel not to annex West Bank lands

The letter to Israel’s UK ambassador, Mark Regev, was titled “We Cannot Justify Israel’s West Bank Annexation.”

Has Israel lost the battle for sovereignty now?

One has to ask this question: If Israeli politicians cannot speak about their fears regarding the Trump plan, how can a sovereignty vote taken in defiance of that plan ever head to the government?

IDF SOLDIERS take part in a flag-lowering ceremony in the southern Gaza Strip, in 2005.
Annexation has parallels in Israel's withdrawal from Gaza in 2005

There are some startling similarities between Israel’s Disengagement from the Gaza Strip and the possible annexation of parts of Judea and Samaria

Rivlin advocates discussion on annexation – But without verbal violence

In his statement, he said that while discussions are important, there is a certain way they must be conducted.

A Palestinian man waits at a counter to make a withdrawal at the Housing Bank for Trade & Finance in
Palestinians snub tax handover by Israel over annexation plan

The taxes, managed by Israel under 1990s accords, make up over half of the budget of the Palestinian Authority.

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