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  • Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement
    Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement 11 hours ago

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Noah Browning GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) announced a unity pact on Wednesday, deepening a crisis in U.S.-brokered peace talks with Israel. "This is the good news we tell our people: the era of division is over," Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said to loud applause at a Palestinian news conference also attended by representatives of the PLO. Israel said after the announcement that Abbas had chosen Hamas over peace, and cancelled a session of U.S.-brokered talks with the Palestinians that had been scheduled for Wednesday night in Jerusalem. More »

  • Abbas: Unity with Hamas does not contradict peace talks with Israel 13 hours ago

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday a unity pact he reached with the militant group Hamas earlier in the day did not contradict peace talks he is pursuing with Israel. Israel called off a session of talks in response to the deal with the Gaza-based Islamist group, which is sworn to its destruction. But Abbas said in a statement that an independent state living peacefully alongside Israel remained his goal. (Reporting By Noah Browning; Editing by Angus MacSwan) More »

  • Israel cancels negotiations session with Palestinians after unity deal 13 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Wednesday cancelled a planned session of peace negotiations with the Palestinians shortly after a unity deal was signed in Gaza between Hamas Islamists and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organisation. A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said: "Israel has cancelled a negotiations meeting that was expected to be held this evening," without providing further detail. (Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Angus MacSwan) More »

  • Rockets Fired Between Israel and Gaza after Hamas-Fatah Deal
    Rockets Fired Between Israel and Gaza after Hamas-Fatah Deal 14 hours ago

    An Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip has wounded 12 civilians including two children just hours after Hamas and Fatah signed a unity deal, according to Palestinian medical officials and Israeli reports.  Rocket sirens sounded in the southern Israel areas of Sderot, Hof Ashkelon and Erez in close proximity to where the strike hit, suggesting a retaliation rocket attack from within the Gaza Strip, but no rocket damage has yet been confirmed. The Israeli military said that it had conducted a "counter-terrorism operation" while Israeli reports claimed that the strike targeted an Islamic Jihad operative who had been attempting to fire rockets into Israel. The target was reportedly riding a motorbike at the time of the strike but Israeli military sources admitted that "a hit was not identified". More »

  • Morsi trial hears Hamas, Hezbollah attacked Egypt jails
    Morsi trial hears Hamas, Hezbollah attacked Egypt jails 14 hours ago

    Prosecution witnesses in the jailbreak trial of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday accused members of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah of attacking Egyptian prisons during the 2011 uprising. More »

  • Israel scraps Palestinian peace meet after unity deal: PM's aide
    Israel scraps Palestinian peace meet after unity deal: PM's aide 15 hours ago

    Israel cancelled a peace meeting with the Palestinians it said was scheduled for Wednesday after the PLO and Hamas pledged to form a joint government, an aide to the premier said. More »

  • Israeli air strike in Gaza wounds 12 - medical officials 15 hours ago

    Israel launched an air strike on Wednesday in the Gaza Strip, wounding 12 civilians including children and apparently missing its target, medical officials in the Hamas-ruled territory and Israeli reports said. The Israeli military said it had carried out a "counter-terrorism operation" in the northern Gaza Strip. The strike was launched just after the Hamas Islamist group and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization announced a unity agreement in Gaza City and two days after Gaza militants launched rockets at Israel, causing no injury. More »

  • Palestine: Hamas and Fatah Announce Reconciliation Agreement
    Palestine: Hamas and Fatah Announce Reconciliation Agreement 16 hours ago

    A deal between two rival political factions has been signed in the Gaza Strip at the home of Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas's Gaza-based prime minister. Hamas and Fatah have been divided since factional fighting exploded after Hamas' victory in Gaza's Palestinian legislative council elections in 2006. The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Hamas have agreed to begin negotiations to form a Palestinian unity government in the coming weeks, according to reports. More »

  • Israel strikes Gaza shortly after Palestinian unity deal: Hamas
    Israel strikes Gaza shortly after Palestinian unity deal: Hamas 17 hours ago

    An Israeli warplane struck the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday wounding six people, one very seriously, the territory's Hamas rulers said. More »

  • Rival Palestinian leaders agree to form national unity govt
    Rival Palestinian leaders agree to form national unity govt Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Rival Palestinian leaders from the West Bank and Gaza Strip have decided to form a government of national unity within the "next five weeks", officials said early on Wednesday. More »

  • First PLO delegation since 2007 war arrives in Gaza for unity talks
    First PLO delegation since 2007 war arrives in Gaza for unity talks Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Palestine Liberation Organization delegates arrived in Gaza on Tuesday to discuss unity with militant group Hamas for the first time since their 2007 conflict, in a potential boost for Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. A deal could restore a measure of sovereignty to Abbas in Gaza and boost his negotiating power with Israel in any future peace talks, although such a partnership could also provoke a backlash from Israel against the PLO in the occupied West Bank. Hamas and Fatah have failed since 2011 to implement an Egyptian-brokered unity deal because of disputes over power-sharing and the handling of conflict with Israel. Azzam Al-Ahmed, a senior Fatah official, denied that the attempt to negotiate a deal with Hamas was designed merely to strengthen Abbas's hand in talks with Israel. More »

  • Israel must take on Palestinian governance if talks fail - Abbas Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas told a group of Israeli journalists on Tuesday that if peace talks do not continue, Israel will have to take on the burden of governing Palestinian lands. Though Abbas has repeatedly hinted that he could devolve some of the limited powers his Palestinian Authority exercises in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, his statement added urgency to a U.S. effort to extend negotiations set to expire next week. "Also it will bear responsibility for security, meaning Israel will bear full responsibility ... We hope that we won't come to this period but that we come to solutions," he said. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry revived the peace talks in July after a nearly three-year hiatus, with the aim of ending a decades-old conflict and establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel. More »

  • Israel rejects Abbas conditions for extending talks
    Israel rejects Abbas conditions for extending talks Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday that he would extend faltering peace talks with Israel only if it agreed to conditions, including a settlement freeze, which it promptly rejected. More »

  • Exiled Hamas official in Gaza to meet PLO rivals
    Exiled Hamas official in Gaza to meet PLO rivals Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    A senior Cairo-based Hamas official crossed Monday from Egypt into the Gaza Strip ahead of a new attempt to reconcile the militant Islamist movement and its Palestine Liberation Organisation rivals. More »

  • U.S. Supreme Court to review Jerusalem birthplace law
    U.S. Supreme Court to review Jerusalem birthplace law Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to weigh the constitutionality of a law that was designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem - the historic holy city claimed by Israelis and Palestinians - to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports. The case concerns a long-standing U.S. foreign policy that the president - and not Congress - has sole authority to state who controls Jerusalem. Seeking to remain neutral on the hotly contested issue, the U.S. State Department allows passports to name Jerusalem as a place of birth, but no country name is included. The State Department, which issues passports and reports to the president, has declined to enforce the law passed by Congress in 2002, saying it violated the separation of executive and legislative powers laid out in the U.S. Constitution. More »

  • Gaza rocket fire draws Israeli retaliation
    Gaza rocket fire draws Israeli retaliation Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired seven rockets into Israel on Monday, causing no casualties but drawing retaliatory fire from the Israeli military. More »

  • Gaza rockets hit south Israel, army strikes back - officials
    Gaza rockets hit south Israel, army strikes back - officials Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Seven rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel during the Jewish Passover holiday on Monday, drawing retaliatory air strikes from the Israeli army, officials said, the first cross-border clash in several weeks. Israel's army said its strikes hit two training camps run by Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that controls Gaza. Medical sources there said two Hamas militants were lightly wounded. Hamas has largely maintained a truce with Israel since a brief war in late 2012, but it has sometimes struggled to rein in smaller armed Islamist factions hostile to the Israel. More »

  • Gaza rocket salvo hits southern Israel - army Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Five rockets fired from the Palestinian-run Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel during the Jewish Passover holiday on Monday morning, wounding no one, the Israeli army said. But residents of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza said an Israeli helicopter opened fire there, though it was not clear what it was targeting. Two of the projectiles exploded in the southern Israeli border community of Sderot in a road and an open area, Israeli police said. The Hamas Palestinian militant group which controls Gaza has largely maintained a truce with Israel since late 2012, but it has sometimes struggled to rein in smaller armed factions. More »

  • Top Palestinian cleric says Israel threw stun grenades into al Aqsa; Israel … Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    The most senior Islamic cleric in Jerusalem said on Sunday Israeli police hurled stun grenades into al-Aqsa mosque, Islam's third holiest site, to quell the latest in a string of Palestinian protests at the politically sensitive holy site. Israeli police denied the allegation, saying officers threw the non-lethal devices, which emit a loud noise, on a plaza outside the mosque after protesters threw rocks and firecrackers at them. The demonstrators, who have confronted police for the past four days in a bid to stop Israeli and foreign visitors from entering the holy compound, then retreated into al-Aqsa, a police spokesman said. Tensions at the site run high during Jewish holidays - Jews are now celebrating Passover - when Palestinians are on alert against any attempt by Jews to pray on the compound in defiance of a de facto Israeli government ban on such worship. More »

  • Palestinians mull handing territory 'keys' back to Israel
    Palestinians mull handing territory 'keys' back to Israel Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Palestinian negotiators have warned they may pass responsiblity for their territory back to occupying power Israel if peace talks remain stalled, a senior Palestinian official said on Sunday. More »

  • Israelis, Palestinians hold separate talks with US envoy
    Israelis, Palestinians hold separate talks with US envoy Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met separately Friday with US peace envoy Martin Indyk, a Palestinian source said, a day after five hours of three-way talks failed to bring agreement. More »

  • 'No breakthrough' in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks
    'No breakthrough' in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators meeting US envoy Martin Indyk to try to find a way to extend faltering peace talks have failed to reach agreement, a Palestinian source told AFP. More »