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U.S. ups pressure on Palestinians, closing Washington PLO mission

World / Politics Sep 11, 2018

U.S. ups pressure on Palestinians, closing Washington PLO mission

The United States announced Monday it will shutter the Palestinian mission in Washington, adding further pressure on them to enter peace talks with Israel. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert accused the Palestine Liberation Organization of refusing to support negotiations while a Palestinian official called the ...

Trump aid cuts embolden Israel but hurt peace prospects: analysts

World Sep 2, 2018

Trump aid cuts embolden Israel but hurt peace prospects: analysts

Cuts in aid for Palestinians that the U.S. has announced will advance Israel's interests but risk compromising a U.S.-led peace push and raise tensions in the Middle East, analysts and diplomats said Saturday. The Trump administration said Friday it would no longer provide any funding ...

Palestinian anger as U.S. ends funding for U.N. agency

World Sep 2, 2018

Palestinian anger as U.S. ends funding for U.N. agency

Palestinians reacted angrily Saturday to a U.S. decision to end all funding for the U.N. agency that assists millions of refugees, seeing it as a new policy shift aimed at undermining their cause. Washington, which until last year was by far the biggest contributor to ...

Trump cuts more than $200 million in U.S. aid to Palestinians

World / Politics Aug 25, 2018

Trump cuts more than $200 million in U.S. aid to Palestinians

The United States is cutting more than $200 million in aid to the Palestinians, the State Department said Friday, amid a deteriorating relationship with the Palestinian leadership. A senior State Department official said without elaborating that the funds, originally planned for programs in the West ...

Israel and Hamas agree on Gaza truce

World Aug 10, 2018

Israel and Hamas agree on Gaza truce

Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip, agreed on a truce on Thursday, two Palestinian officials said, an understanding that would end an escalation in fighting that has drawn mutual threats of war. There was no formal comment from Israel, but ...

Israel adopts divisive Jewish nation-state law

World Jul 19, 2018

Israel adopts divisive Jewish nation-state law

Israel passed a law Thursday to declare that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country, something members of the Arab minority called racist and verging on apartheid. The "nation-state" law, backed by the right-wing government, passed by a vote of 62-55 and ...

Israel hits Hamas posts in Gaza in retaliation for arson kites

World Jul 17, 2018

Israel hits Hamas posts in Gaza in retaliation for arson kites

An Israeli aircraft hit two Hamas posts in the Gaza Strip on Monday in response to balloons carrying firebombs over the border fence to burn Israeli farmland, the army said. The strikes signaled a tougher Israeli response to the hundreds of balloons and kites carrying ...