Feb 1, 2015

Egyptian court bans Hamas' armed wing, lists as terrorist organization

An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of Palestinian group Hamas and listed it as a terrorist organization, a ruling in keeping with a systematic crackdown on Islamists by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. El-Sissi said on Saturday Egypt faces a tough, prolonged campaign ...

Jan 19, 2015

Abe visits Israel, agrees with Netanyahu on anti-terrorism cooperation

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to work together to enhance anti-terrorism measures as they held talks Sunday in Jerusalem, Japanese officials said. “Despicable acts of terrorism cannot be tolerated whatever reasons there may be,” Abe said in reference ...

Snow forecast takes Holy Land by storm

Jan 7, 2015

Snow forecast takes Holy Land by storm

With memories still fresh of the Holy Land’s worst storm in 50 years last winter, Israelis and Palestinians stocked up on supplies for a forecast heavy snowfall on Tuesday. The approaching storm, due to peak on Wednesday, was expected to be lighter than in ...

Jan 3, 2015

Palestinians submit documents to join world court

The Palestinians have submitted documents to the United Nations to join the International Criminal Court, a move that will soon enable them to seek war crimes charges against Israel. The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, delivered the documents — known as ...

Jan 1, 2015

Palestinians join war crimes court after U.N. rejection

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed on to 20 international agreements on Wednesday, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), a day after a bid for independence by 2017 failed at the United Nations Security Council. The move, which angered Israel and ...

Dec 31, 2014

UNSC rejects Palestinian resolution to end Israel's occupation

The U.N. Security Council rejected a Palestinian resolution demanding an end to Israeli occupation within three years late Tuesday, a blow to efforts to get the U.N.’s most powerful body to take action to recognize an independent state of Palestine. The United States, Israel’s ...

Dec 26, 2014

Israeli girl seriously wounded in West Bank firebomb attack

An Israeli man and his 11-year-old daughter were wounded Thursday when assailants threw a firebomb at their vehicle in the northern West Bank, the army said. A military spokeswoman told AFP the assailants, believed to be Palestinians, threw a Molotov cocktail at the car ...

Thousands of  faithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmas

Dec 25, 2014

Thousands of faithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmas

Thousands of Christian pilgrims on Wednesday flocked to the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, lifting spirits in the area after a year of conflict and failed peace efforts. On a crisp, sunny day revelers crowded ...

Dec 19, 2014

Israel won't accept 'unilateral' Palestine bid: Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday Israel would never accept the “unilateral” recognition of a Palestinian state, after a draft resolution calling for a final peace deal was submitted to the U.N. In a statement from his office, Netanyahu accused Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas ...