Sep 24, 2014

Abbas plans Israeli West Bank pullout resolution Friday

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday that he will submit a resolution to the U.N. Security Council on Friday seeking a three-year timetable for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the West Bank. The resolution will be handed in immediately after Abbas speaks at ...

Sep 12, 2014

Abbas will fail at U.N. without Hamas' backing

How Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reconciles three critical but faltering relationships — with Hamas, the U.S. and Israel — will determine whether Israelis and Palestinians resume talking or fighting in the months ahead.

Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended Gaza cease-fire

Aug 27, 2014

Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended Gaza cease-fire

Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire, halting a seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority Palestinians, left tens of thousands in Gaza homeless and devastated entire neighborhoods in the blockaded territory. Hamas declared victory and bursts of ...

Israeli airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure

Aug 21, 2014

Israeli airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure

Hamas’ shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel’s prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza will continue until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory stops. The ...

Aug 11, 2014

Israel, Palestinians observe new truce; longer accord sought

Israel and Gaza Strip militants began to observe another Egypt-brokered truce, giving negotiators time to craft a more enduring accord after a month of violence in the Hamas-ruled territory. Palestinian envoys attending truce talks in Cairo agreed to the Egyptian proposal, Hamas’s official Al-Rai ...

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

Jul 23, 2014

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his “hope and belief” that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel “in the very near future.” Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council by videoconference ...

Hamas, Abbas' PLO announce reconciliation agreement

Apr 24, 2014

Hamas, Abbas' PLO announce reconciliation agreement

The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) announced a unity pact on Wednesday, deepening a crisis in U.S.-brokered peace talks with Israel. The move, coming after a long line of failed efforts to reconcile after seven years of ...