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.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting in Moscow, Russia
Russia: Israeli annexation may lead to escalation in region

PLO Executive Committee Secretary-General Saeb Erekat told the CIA on Thursday the coordination with the agency "stopped as of the end of [Abbas's] speech."

By LEON SVERDLOV
22/05/2020
A PALESTINIAN demonstrator holds an anti-US President Donald Trump poster during a rally in support
Palestinians shun CIA after declaring end to security coordination with US

On cooperation with the CIA, Saeb Erekat told reporters in a video call: "It stopped as of the end of the [Palestinian] president’s speech."

By REUTERS
21/05/2020
Turkish and Russian soldiers wearing face masks are pictured during a joint patrol in the northern I
Israel learned from Hezbollah's defeat at the hands of Turkey

Dozens of operatives from the elite unit died while fighting against Turkey in Syria's Idlib, the IDF says they watched and learnt from the battle.

Hezbollah training Syria's 1st Corps to use in future war against Israel

Hezbollah’s Southern Headquarters trains Syrian troops and collects intelligence on IDF

Amiram Ben Uliel, the suspect in the Duma arson murder in July 2015 where three members of the Dawab
Will minor from Duma terror attack get prison time?

The prosecution is seeking a five-and-a-half-year jail sentence.

U.S. President Donald Trump winks at Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they discuss a Mi
Hints of settlement evacuations in Trump's peace plan - settlers

"If the result of this agreement is the creation of a terror state in Judea and Samaria, then we are ready to give up on sovereignty" – Yesha Council head David Elhayani.

IDF SOLDIERS pack their bags as troops prepare to leave the Lebanon border, on May 17, 2000
Twenty years after Lebanon withdrawal: Return to the abyss

Today’s Israeli military and political leaders are in many ways part of the withdrawal generation, learning the time’s tough lessons.

PROTESTERS REPRESENTING the ‘Four Mothers’ group demand the unilateral and immediate withdrawal of I
The Four Mothers and the end of the war in Lebanon

INITIALLY, THE Four Mothers focused their message on the importance of saving the lives of their soldier sons in Lebanon through withdrawal.

THEN-PRIME MINISTER Ehud Barak (left) attends a dinner hosted by US president Bill Clinton (second f
A four-month coincidence? The Lebanon withdrawal and the Second Intifada

While then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak downplayed the connection between the two events, officials who were deeply involved in diplomatic events at the time do connect the dots.

21/05/2020
THE WRITER interviews troops at the Shani outpost, southern Lebanon, September 1999
Twenty years out of Lebanon: The war with no name that would never end

Like the War of Attrition, the conflict in Lebanon settled in Israeli consciousness.

By ARIEH O’SULLIVAN
21/05/2020
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses a news conference at the State Department in Washington,
Pompeo: We hope the security arrangements will continue to be in place

“I’m not exactly sure what to make of his statement, but I regret that he has decided to abrogate these agreements,” Pompeo said.

A Palestinian girl looks out of a classroom window as she attends a lesson
PA announces change in school curricula after pressure European Parliament

A number of national governments have condemned the inclusion of incitement to violence and antisemitic materials in school textbooks used in Palestinian schools.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wears a protective face mask during a leadership meeting in Rama
Palestinians doubt Abbas's threats will stop Israeli settlement annexation

“How many times can you repeat the same threat?" a PA official told the 'Post'. "How can you renounce the same agreements you said you renounced five years ago?"

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a Security Council meeting at the United Nations i
Mahmoud Abbas: PA 'absolved' of all agreements with Israel, US

Abbas stressed that the PA was 'absolved' of all agreements and understandings with Israel and the US, including security-related agreements.

By CODY LEVINE , TZVI JOFFRE
20/05/2020
Hundreds of international artists call for end to Gaza blockade

Some of the prominent names pressuring for an end to the blockade include Peter Gabriel, British filmmaker Ken Loach, and Hollywood actor Viggo Mortensen.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/05/2020
Activists to court: 50 Muslims can pray on Temple Mount, why not 50 Jews?

Activist Itamar Ben-Gvir succeeded at getting the High Court to agree that Jewish rights were being infringed, but the justices did not seem to want to weigh in.

Netanyahu’s outstretched hand for peace rooted in West Bank annexation

The prime minister's speech marked a historic transition from the age of negotiation to the epoch of unilateralism, which is rebranding the approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Mladenov: Annexation is a big threat to peace

The UN envoy said annexation "will have legal, political and security implications that will be difficult to deal with, damage prospects for peace, and encourage radicalization on all sides.

Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) poses for pictures at The Hague
Calls made for ICC's Bensouda to address allegations of collusion with PA

The calls come in response to a recent Tweet by the ICC in which Bensouda defended herself against "misinformation and smear campaigns" without giving details.

Borrell: EU will work to 'discourage' Israeli West Bank annexation steps

The EU has long held that this two-state solution should be at the pre-1967 lines, unless modified through an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.

A boy wearing a face mask walks inside Jaramana Palestinian refugee camp, following the outbreak of
Coronavirus: An opportunity to reset Israeli relations with the Palestinians

Thus far, when it comes to curbing corona, the “failed state,” despite limited resources and medical infrastructure, has done even better than Israel.

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman looks on as he speaks during a briefing at The Jerusalem Cent
It's Friedman, not the Palestinians, who needs to learn Canadian values

Canada is a role model and was the first country in the world to adopt a policy of multiculturalism almost 50 years ago.

By IZZELDIN ABUELAISH
14/05/2020
A PALESTINIAN boy looks at the damage at the Dawabsha family’s home in the West Bank village of Duma
The verdict in the Duma arson case could tear the country apart

The arson attack on the Palestinian Dawabsha family home killed 18-month-old Ali and his parents, Sa’ad and Riham.

AFTER THE IDF demolished it, Palestinians stand on the remains of the house of Qassam Al-Barghouti w
Is the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine back from the dead?

Behind the Lines: Iranian support appears to lie behind uptick in the terrorist group’s activities in the region.

Palestinian protestors burn a Photo of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during a protest against U
On ‘Nakba Day,’ Palestinians vow to foil annexation, Trump plan

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the state of emergency announced in the West Bank, Palestinians marked this year’s “Nakba Day” with statements and speeches.

Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh attends a meeting with members of international media in Gazaa
Haniyeh: Hamas can kidnap more Israeli soldiers

"Hamas will not be quiet about prisoners sitting in Israeli prisons; some of them for over 40 years already."

By CELIA JEAN
14/05/2020
Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh attends a meeting with members of international media in Gazaa
Hamas, Islamic Jihad to boycott Ramallah meeting to discuss ‘annexation’

Hamas said in a statement that it has not received an official invitation to participate in the meeting.

IDF troops searching for terrorist who committed the shooting attack near Dolev
Palestinian teenager killed near Hebron amid clashes throughout West Bank

The report came hours after clashes were reported overnight in the town of Ya'abad, as IDF soldiers searched for the murderer of Sergeant First Class Amit Ben Yigal.

13/05/2020
First Sergeant Amit Ben Yigal
Father of fallen IDF soldier: I have nothing, he was my whole world

Sergeant First Class Amit Ben Yigal was killed Tuesday morning after a large rock struck his head during an arrest raid in the West Bank

IDF demolition of home of terrorist who killed Rena Shnerb, May 11, 2020
IDF demolishes home of terrorist who killed Rina Shnerb

During the clashes, one Palestinian was hit in the face by rubber bullets and a military jeep was set on fire after being hit by Molotov cocktails.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
11/05/2020
A Palestinian boy wears the headband of Hamas' armed wing as he takes part in a rally to protest aga
How will Hamas respond to Israel’s ‘annexation’ plan? – analysis

The PA wants the international community to strongly denounce Israel, while Hamas is talking about the need for renewed violence in the West Bank and an end to the rift with its rivals in Fatah.

Men wear protective face masks and gloves, amid fear of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), play chess o
Israelis and Syrians go head to head in chess during COVID-19 lockdown

Since the beginning of the outbreak, chess websites worldwide report a 50% increase in activity and the amount of games being played online.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
10/05/2020
Israel returning money to PA deducted to stop terrorists’ salaries

PA paid NIS 517.4m. on these salaries in 2019, some NIS 15m. more than previous year

Gazans wait to draw money from an ATM in Rafah
Banks prove to be 'weak link' in terror funding, close terrorists accounts

The decision came ahead of legislation set to take force on Saturday, which makes the transfer of 'pay for slay' payments to terrorists a criminal act.

An employee stands next to an Elbit Systems Ltd. Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the com
The tools that prepare Israel for the future war

How multidimensional joint operations, lessons from past wars and new technologies have transformed Israel’s army, navy and air force.

PA slams US envoy over annexation remarks

Nabil Abu Rudaineh, spokesman for the PA presidency, said the Palestinians rejected Friedman’s claim that it was up to Israel to decide on the plan.

Palestinian terror attack in Hebron
PA hiding terrorist salaries from donor countries in financial reports

In 2018 and 2019 the salary payments appeared in the PA's Budget Performance Reports, but this year they have disappeared, while spending on the PLO has shot up.

Israelis Hadar Goldin, Oron Shaul, Avera Mengistu and Hisham Al-Sayed being held by Hamas in Gaza
Swiss diplomat joins Germany, Egypt on Hamas-Israel prisoner swap talks

'It seems that there is now a real possibility for a deal between Hamas and Israel for the release of all the prisoners of war and those missing in action'

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
06/05/2020
A rocket is fired towards Israel, in the southern Gaza Strip February 24, 2020
IDF hits targets in Gaza Strip after rocket fired into Israeli territory

The rocket fired from Gaza was the first in about 40 days.

06/05/2020
ABBAS CONFERS with senior Fatah official Mahmoud Aloul (right) during a ceremony marking the anniver
Abbas calls emergency meetings to discuss annexation

The meetings will take place as Abbas faces increased pressure from some PLO and Fatah officials to take drastic measures in response to the Israeli plan.

A PANORAMIC view of east Jerusalem.
PA, Israel in coronavirus power struggle over east Jerusalem

Palestinian officials say Israel marginalized the area to ‘Judaize’ the city and pressure Arab families to leave

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE
01/05/2020
Potential prisoner swap between Israel, Hamas is opportunity through crisis

According to reports, the deal would be nothing like the 2011 deal for Gilad Shalit, which saw Israel release 1,027 Palestinians, hundreds of whom were serving life sentences for killing Israelis.

30/04/2020
Hamas: Reports about progress on prisoner swap 'inaccurate'

Recent Israeli “leaks” about progress in the negotiations to reach a prisoner swap deal were “inaccurate,” a Hamas official said.

UNIFIL PEACEKEEPERS deploy at the Lebanese-Israeli border in the southern Lebanese village of Kfar K
Hezbollah's new offensive - cutting holes in border fence raises tensions

Hezbollah knows that it is sitting on a powder keg, in a Lebanon that is financially strapped.

A Palestinian boy wears the headband of Hamas' armed wing as he takes part in a rally to protest aga
Is Hamas using coronavirus to gain support in West Bank? – analysis

In the past week, PA security forces arrested a number of Hamas activists after they were caught distributing food parcels and cash to needy families.

Palestinian terror victim: Her white dress was black with grief

“At once everything turned over and I knew nothing would ever be the same. That terrible moment stole my happiness and that of my children and all my family,” said El-Rabi.

Nickolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal
'Israelis, Palestinians must fight for peace as if its COVID-19’

‘We have seen cooperation and we have seen confrontation. But what we really need to see is Palestinians and Israelis coming together not just to fight the virus, but to fight for peace’

Bennett's warning was quickly followed by an explosive action - analysis

Bennett warned that Israel is not lowering its guard and is "more determined" than Iran, adding that he "wouldn't say that it's been good for [Iran, Hezbollah and Syria] recently."

ARAB FOREIGN MINISTERS and delegates attend the annual Arab League meeting in Cairo last month
Arab foreign ministers to discuss Israeli ‘annexation’ plan

Thursday’s meeting “will discuss ways of providing political, legal and financial support for the Palestinian leadership so that it can confront the Israeli plan.”

Seven killed in 2nd alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria in a week

Initial reports claimed that there were casualties and material damage south of Damascus

28/04/2020
Netanyahu: I’m confident annexation will happen in a couple of months

Netanyahu spoke in a video message at an online conference of the European Coalition for Israel (ECI) in honor of the 100th anniversary of the San Remo Conference.

Palestinians man a burning barricade on the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City as they fight viole
Terror victims' families to collect NIS 500 m. from Palestinian Authority

The Jerusalem District Court had ruled that the PA was liable back in July 2019, but since then Shurat Hadin had to prove their damages.

Graffiti in Arab village of Jish in suspected 'price tag' attack on February 11, 2020.
NGO: Settler attacks on Palestinians in W.Bank rose due to coronavirus

The left-wing NGO B’Tselem argues that the settlers are exploiting the lockdown measures for their attacks.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/04/2020
Pilgrims and tourists outside Al-Aqsa Mosque after the second prayer of the day
PA filler claims martyrdom for Al-Aqsa more important than family

"Al-Aqsa is more precious than my children and more precious than my family – Al-Aqsa is my life, Al-Aqsa is my life…"

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
24/04/2020
THE GRAVE of IDF soldier Ari Weiss killed by Hamas terrorists during a gunfight in Nablus in 2002.
For bereaved families, every day is Remembrance Day

On all other days, I remember watching him gel his hair, preparing for an all-nighter with his friends, as well as horsing around with his siblings on the living-room couch.

By SUSIE WEISS
24/04/2020
42 fallen soldiers since last Remembrance Day, ceremonies held online

Due to the continued spread of the coronavirus, the main ceremonies at the Western Wall plaza and Mount Herzl to be held without an audience.

President Rivlin with UN Special Coordinator Mladenov on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
UN praises Israel aid to Palestinians as bereaved families demand block

"If current trends continue, the damage to the economy risks the very existence of the PA."

Hamas operatives 27-year-old Ahmed Sjadiyeh, 26-year-old Mohammad Hamed and 24-year-old Omer Eid who
Shin Bet arrests Hamas operatives planning terror attacks in Jerusalem

The Shin Bet arrested the three before they managed to build a bomb and thwarted the planned terror attacks.

The van that rammed the border police officer near Ma'ale Admumim
West Bank terror ramming and stabbing attack - watch dramatic video

The Palestinian had a pipe bomb that he had intended to use.

A woman walks past a poster depicting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, Syria March 5,
Syrian regime has accused Israel of more than five major attacks this year

The Syrian regime doesn’t always blame Israel for airstrikes in Syria, however it appears it has increased its reporting of incidents in the last few months.

Israeli youth demonstrate as they call on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to declare sover
Annexation as early as July 1 under Netanyahu-Gantz deal

Gantz has opposed annexation in the past. The coalition agreement, however, allows for Netanyahu to move forward on annexation irrespective of Gantz’s position on the matter.

Vehicles drive along a road in the Jordan Valley
J Street 'deeply alarmed' by annexation threat after Netanyahu-Gantz deal

Other major Jewish organizations from both sides of the political spectrum commended the two leaders for coming together, ending over a year of political stalemate in Israel.

Netanyahu can now swing Right or Left on Trump deal

The deal may have saved the Trump administration’s peace deal by rescuing Netanyahu from what was shaping up to be a suicidal choice between the Israeli Right or the US President.

Only 7% of Israeli Arabs define themselves as 'Palestinian'

According to the survey, about a quarter of Israeli minorities (23%) define themselves primarily as "Israeli" and another half (51%) define their identity as "Israeli-Arab".

Palestinian children holding textbooks showing the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.
Online lessons for Palestinian children still teaching hate

A lesson on Newtonian physics used the Palestinian fighters using slingshots to target IDF soldiers as an example of elastic energy.

IDF arrests two ISIS members who were planning to commit a terror attack in Jerusalem
IDF applies Israeli terror financing laws to Palestinians in West Bank

PMW threatens Palestinians banks if they do not comply

Abbas warns Israel, US against 'annexation'

'Pandemic doesn't mean we forgot about annexation'

Israeli security forces arrest  PFLP terror cell members in the Ramallah area
Israeli indicted for spying for Iran named as Ayman Haj Yahya

“The results of the investigation indicate the depth of ties between Iran and the PFLP and their efforts to carry out espionage and terrorist activities within Israel," the Shin Bet said.

IDF: Security fence with Lebanon was damaged in three locations

Event comes days after drone strike blamed on Israel targeted Hezbollah vehicle

Palestinian Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza City February 28, 2019
Haniyeh: If Israel is serious about the prisoner swap, Hamas is too

"We are optimistic that we will achieve results, in the same way that we did in the Gilad Shalit deal."

18/04/2020
Conflicting reports on target of alleged Israeli airstrike

Reports on the attack conflicted on both the identity of the target and whether the target survived

16/04/2020
Security forces loyal Hamas, wearing personal protective equipment as a precaution against the coron
Israel takes Gazan coronavirus tests to military lab

Some 50 tests were taken to the military's laboratory in Tzrifin.

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh next to his destroyed office (REUTERS/Handout)
Hamas ready to release information on Israeli prisoners - report

A German mediator who was involved in the release of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit in 2011 is participating in the current talks.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
14/04/2020
Hezbollah and Syrian flags are seen fluttering in Fleita, Syria, 2017
Syria allows Hezbollah to gain foothold in Golan Heights - IDF

New footage shows the commander of the new First Corps in the Syrian Army on a tour of the sites known to be used by Hezbollah accompanied by Hezbollah's southern commander.

Annexation looking less likely to happen due to coronavirus crisis

The longer annexation is delayed, the closer we get to November, when the US election will take place. Trump could be more hesitant to have a risky move made in his name when he is up for reelection.

Captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit (center), seen here shortly after his release from Gaza
What price will Israel pay in the next prisoner swap?

When the committee started working, it decided that its conclusions will be published only after Schalit (who was kidnapped in 2006 and released in 2011) will be released from Hamas captivity.

For IDF who are fighting deadly coronavirus: An unforgettable Passover

With soldiers enforcing a shutdown on cities and bare-bones Seders held around the country, Israel adjusts to its first quarantined holiday

A Palestinian boy wears the headband of Hamas' armed wing as he takes part in a rally to protest aga
Coronavirus: Hamas arrests Palestinians for video chats with Israelis

The Palestinian activists have been holding conversations through Zoom and other social media platforms with people from all around the world, including Israel, about life in the Gaza Strip.

Shaul Gordon: Chief justice, police lawyer enigma

Demanding equality for Palestinians in IDF courts, but defending a top police officer accused of sexual harassment, Shaul Gordon doesn’t fit in a box.

NGO: Israel must let communications equipment into Gaza amid virus crisis

The absence of such products has harmed the Gaza business sector in the midst of the global economic crisis

PA warns Palestinians against smuggling workers back from Israel

Several Palestinians who were caught trying to smuggle workers from Israel in their vehicles were arrested by the PA security forces in the past few days.

Border police forces on their way to the Kumi Ori outpost on the outskirts of the Yitzhar settlement
By talking settlement blocs, Gantz could be looking to a post-Trump era

Why would Gantz start talking about the long-forgotten idea of settlement blocs, a concept that is way less than the solution Trump has floated?

Ex-IDF generals: West Bank annexation could cause collapse of PA

"Partial annexation is likely to set in motion a chain reaction over which Israel will have no control," warned Commanders For Israel.

Hamas: If Gazans die from coronavirus, Israelis will be unable to breathe

Sinwar also declared that the coronavirus pandemic was retribution for the decision by President Donald Trump to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May 2018.

A member of medical staff swaps a Palestinian worker for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing, upo
PA fears workers returning from Israel will raise number of coronavirus cases

PLO: Settlements are spreading the disease to Palestinians.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the opening of the UNHRC's 40th session
Guterres calls for global ceasefire, lauds Israeli-Palestinian cooperation

Guterres in his report said he was particularly concerned by the impact of the virus in conflict areas where the population is most vulnerable.

UN: Settler violence against Palestinians has increased during COVID-19

Israeli security forces carried out 72 search-and-arrest operations in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, arresting 64 Palestinians including 10 minors.

'Annexation would close door on Israeli-Palestinian talks'

UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov spoke as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White Party heads are at odds over whether the next government would impose sovereignty over West Bank settlements.

A teenager wears a costume as a reference to coronavirus as school children dress-up marking the Jew
US: Coronavirus cooperation proof Israeli-Palestinian peace talks possible

US Deputy Ambassador Cherith Norman: Israeli-Palestinian joint activity to halt the spread of the coronavirus crisis is akin to the type of cooperation and dialogue necessary to resolve the conflict.

PLO flag hoisted over Jerusalem's Old City walls near the Damascus Gate, Jan. 1, 2020
PLO: Israel exploiting coronavirus to expand settlements

Criticism comes despite cooperation with Israel in combating the pandemic.

Palestinian health workers wearing protective masks walk in a quarantine zone installed by the minis
Palestinian groups cancel mass Gaza rallies over coronavirus concerns

The rallies were called for March 30 to mark the second anniversary of the so-called "Great March of Return" which had prompted weekly protests by Palestinians.

By REUTERS
28/03/2020
Field hospitals 'only option' to treat Gazans sick with coronavirus

Gaza in a "contained panic," says former COGAT adviser on Palestinian affairs

The Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosque are seen from Silwan.
PA daily slams Israel for closing mosques, Hamas for not closing mosques

The PA Religious Affairs Ministry has recommended that Palestinians should avoid mosques and instead pray at home due to the risk of contracting COVID-19.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/03/2020
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