King Abdullah of Jordan Lauds Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation

BY ARYEH BEN HAYIM, ARUTZ 7—  King Abdullah of Jordan, preceding Binyamin Netanyahu to Washington, meets today with U.S. President Barack Obama after having met yesterday at the State Department, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Jordanian monarch was obviously focused on disputing two major Israeli arguments, namely, that the “Arab Spring” demonstrates that…

Half of Democratic Senators urge P.A. aid cut-off

BY JTA— Half the Democratic caucus in the U.S. Senate urged President Obama to suspend assistance to the Palestinian Authority unless Hamas recognizes Israel and renounces terrorism. “It is imperative for you to make clear to President Abbas that Palestinian Authority participation in a unity government with an unreformed Hamas will jeopardize its relationship with…

The PLO's desperate defenders

BY CAROLINE GLICK, JPOST— By most accounts, the Fatah-Hamas unity deal signing ceremony Wednesday was a grand affair. Hamas terror-chief Khaled Mashaal jetted in from Damascus. PLO/Fatah/Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas flew in from Ramallah. The ceremony was held under the auspices of the newly Muslim Brotherhood-friendly Egyptian intelligence services. UN representatives and Israeli Arab…

How much do Hamas and Fatah really trust each other?

BY EDMUND SANDERS AND PAUL RICHTER, JWR— Rival Palestinian factions celebrated the signing of a reconciliation pact they hope will end their four-year split and accelerate efforts to form an independent state. But the agreement faces fierce opposition from Israel, complicates American-led efforts to forge a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians, and still…

Fatah and Hamas make peace

BY JOEL GREENBERG, WASHINGTON POST— The rival Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas initialed an agreement Wednesday to end a four-year rift that had left the Palestinians divided between separate governments in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, officials on both sides said. The agreement negotiated secretly in Cairo provides for a transitional unity government, including…

Netanyahu 'Considering' More Retreats in Judea and Samaria

BY GIL RONEN, ARUTZ SHEVA— Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is considering plans to hand over more territory to the Palestinian Authority, according to the ultra-leftist Haaretz. The newspaper says that as part of the concessions Netanyahu is considering, “there will be a redeployment of IDF forces and more security control will be given to the…