Uniting with terrorists won’t lead to an accord

by JONATHAN SCHANZER, NY TIMES— The Palestinians have been a house divided since 2007, when Hamas, a violent Islamist organization, overran the Palestinian Authority. The violence erupted after a political standoff following their stunning electoral victory the previous year. To this day, Hamas still controls Gaza, while the rival Fatah faction (which controls the Palestinian…

PA, Hamas announce unity government against Israel

By LEA SPEYER, BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS— Palestinian officials have confirmed that rival leaders from the West Bank and Gaza Strip have agreed to form a national unity government within the “next five weeks.” Following talks in Gaza City on Tuesday evening between officials of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Hamas, an agreement was reached…

PM orders ministers to halt cooperation with Palestinians

By ISRAEL HAYOM— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday ordered Israeli government ministries to cut off high-level contacts with the Palestinian Authority on non-security related issues. The Prime Minister’s Office said the move was a response to the recent Palestinian decision to submit applications to join 15 international organizations and conventions. The order does not…

75% of Palestinians: Chances for state in 5 years ‘nonexistent’

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH, JPOST— A total of 62 percent of Palestinians would oppose US Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposed framework agreement if it includes a request to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, a public opinion poll published on Monday showed. The poll, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research,…

Why Abbas thinks Jewish state is a ‘delusional myth’

By ITAMAR MARCUS, JPOST— Netanyahu’s demand and the PA’s refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state are clearly not just a quibble over semantics. A major obstacle blocking progress toward an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s demand and PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s refusal to recognize Israel as…

Hamas: Recognizing Israel is a ‘Death Sentence’ to the PA

By DALIT HALEVI and ELAD BENARI, ARUTZ7-— Lawmakers from Hamas on Sunday warned Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas against recognizing Israel as part of the ongoing peace process. The lawmakers said that recognition of Israel as a Jewish state would be a “death sentence” against the PA. Ibrahim Dahbour, one of Hamas’s representative in…