Obama warned against visiting al Aqsa mosque

Palestinian political and religious leaders on Sunday stressed that US President Barack Obama should not visit the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem in a way that might compromise its “Muslim sovereignty.” Obama will be arriving in Israel and the Palestinian territories

Obama visit could see three or four-way summit

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and Barack Obama could hold a three-way summit during the US president’s upcoming visit, Israel’s deputy foreign minister said on Saturday. “During the visit of President Obama, a three-way summit could take place or even four-way with King Abdullah II of Jordan,”

Obama to Visit Israel, Jordan, West Bank this spring

President Barack Obama plans to visit Israel, the West Bank and Jordan in the spring, the White House said Tuesday, stepping up U.S. efforts to coordinate policy on Iran, Syria and the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The president discussed the proposed visit during a phone call on Jan. 28 with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, […]

Palestinian envoy gets ‘state’ name plate in UN assembly

A new “State of Palestine” name plate was put up in the UN General Assembly on Friday for Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour, who condemned Israel’s planned new settlements in the occupied territories. Israel revealed plans to build 3,000 more settler homes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank

Gaza conflict brings Fatah and Hamas closer

In the aftermath of the most recent Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip, some voices, both in the coastal enclave and the West Bank, have increased calls for a unified Palestinian front. Today, a feud mars relations between the West Bank’s Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas, which controls the Gaza

Obama has now freer hand to press Palestinian state issue

If there’s anyone more sorry about Obama’s victory than Mitt Romney then it’s probably the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu. After four years of an increasingly testy relationship, which has seen unusual political friction between the White House and an Israeli government, Obama is now less constrained

Israeli court rebuffs case of slain U.S. activist Rachel Corrie

Coming almost a decade after her death beneath the tracks of an armored Israeli bulldozer in the Gaza Strip, the verdict in the Rachel Corrie case was the farthest thing from a surprise. By the time Israeli judge Oded Gershon gathered his robes about him and took his seat in an airy Haifa courtroom Tuesday […]