Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas claimed success on Thursday in their month-long campaign to encourage people accused of collaborating with Israel to turn themselves in.
"The campaign to combat espionage achieved a number of goals, and from this evening the deadline for Israeli collaborators to turn themselves in has ended," said interior ministry spokesman Islam Shahwan.Full Story
Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad is to present his resignation to president Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday, a senior Palestinian official said.
Abbas and Fayyad are known to have been at odds over a raft of issues but their relationship took a nose dive last month when Fayyad accepted his finance minister's resignation only for it to be rejected by Abbas.Full Story
An Israeli court on Tuesday sentenced an extreme rightwing U.S.-born Jewish settler to two life terms in prison for the murder of two Palestinians in 1997.
Jack Teitel, 40, was found guilty in January of murdering a bus driver and a shepherd, as well as of two separate attempted murders, illegal possession of weapons and incitement to violence.Full Story
Palestinian journalists have demanded that authorities restrict the movement of Israeli reporters in the West Bank, a local media worker said Tuesday.
A media union urged president Mahmoud Abbas in a letter to block Israeli reporters from accessing Palestinian-controlled West Bank territory, in response to Israel's own restrictions on the movement of Palestinian reporters.Full Story
Resuming frozen negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians must be done 'right' rather than being rushed, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday after three days of talks with the region's leaders.
"Each of the leaders that I met with assured me that they will put their best effort into trying to move forward," he said, adding: "Doing it right is more important than doing it quickly."Full Story
A rocket fired from Gaza crashed into southern Israel on Sunday, without causing casualties or damage, shortly after the arrival of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on a peace bid, police said.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Agence France Presse the rocket landed in an uninhabited sector of the Negev desert, as Kerry started a three-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.Full Story
Israel's lead peace negotiator Tzipi Livni on Sunday ruled out Turkey taking an immediate role in reviving talks with the Palestinians, shortly before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew in.
Asked if Turkey could play an important role in the peace process -- an idea raised by Kerry at a press conference earlier in the day in Istanbul -- she told public radio: "The idea is interesting, but it could take time."Full Story
Hamas accused Western and Arab spy agencies on Saturday of operating in the Gaza Strip and said it had a list of alleged collaborators.
"The Gaza Strip is swarming with Western intelligence agencies, such as the American, British, French and German services," said Mohammed Lafi, an internal security chief, quoted on the Hamas interior ministry website.Full Story
Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird held what he termed "positive" talks with Palestinian leaders in the West Bank town of Ramallah on Saturday despite their differences.
Baird, on a four-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and foreign minister Riyad al-Malki.Full Story
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has demanded that Israel's prime minister present a map for a future Palestinian state before any peace talks can resume, an aide said on Friday.
Abbas "wants to know, through a map to be presented by Benjamin Netanyahu to (U.S. Secretary of State John) Kerry, what the prime minister's view of a two-state solution would be, especially the borders," political adviser Nimr Hammad told Agence France Presse.Full Story