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    Ten people, including a senior jihadi leader, were killed after Israel launched a new wave of airstrikes and Palestinian Authority militants sent rocket attacks into Gaza, stoking fears of a renewed war between the bitter enemies. Late Friday night local time, Gaza's military Joint Operations Room, a group consisting of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and all other Palestinian militant groups, said in a statement that they are preparing a further response to Israel's airstrikes, according to the Middle East Eye. The office of Hamas's political chief, Ismail Haniyeh, warned that "all options are open" after 10 people, including Islamic Jihad leader Tayseer al Jabari, were killed in the attacks. Smoke rises following Israeli airstrikes on a building in Gaza City. Hatem Moussa/AP The conflict started Friday when the Israel Defense Forces launched an airstrike. Islamic Jihad responded with a barrage of rockets, which were met in turn with more Israeli airstrikes. The exchange is raising worries about a new war breaking out in the region. ISRAEL CONDUCTS WAVE OF STRIKES ON GAZA "Israel is...
    PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday called for the resumption of long-stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians in order to prevent simmering tensions in one of Middle East’s longest conflicts from boiling over again. Speaking alongside Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the presidential palace in Paris, Macron said the situation in East Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories remains “more than worrying.” “We all know that a new spiral of violence can start at any moment,” Macron said on Wednesday. He added: “To avert this threat (…) that undermines the lives of both Palestinians and Israelis, we must act.” In the short term, Macron said, that means putting an end to Israel’s unilateral measures in the occupied West Bank, including the expansion of Jewish settlements and evictions of Palestinian families from their homes. Both actions are “contrary to international law,” Macron said. He repeated his willingness to mobilize the international community in efforts that will lead to resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinians and eventually result in a “just and lasting peace.”...
    Fox News co-host Carley Shimkus blasted President Joe Biden for going to the West Bank to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, thereby “undermining [the U.S.] relationship with Israel.” Biden’s visit with Abbas on Friday in Bethlehem was part of his days-long trip to the Middle East that also included stops in Israel and Saudi Arabia. “The thing that I have issue with when it comes to this trip is that there were really no deliverables and it was filled with contradictions,” said Shimkus during Monday’s Outnumbered. “On the one hand, he goes to Israel and that he meets with Israeli officials, which is great, they’re our number one strategic ally in the Middle East. But then the next day he’s in the West Bank meeting with Palestinians, completely undermining our relationship with Israel.” Biden faced calls to confront Abbas during the visit over controversies like the Palestinian Authority continuing to financially reward the families of terrorists as part of a policy known by critics as “Pay to Slay.” Biden did not criticize or pressure Abbas in his public...
    President Joe Biden was greeted with considerable pomp as he met with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas Friday in the occupied West Bank.  The Palestinians rolled out the red carpet in Bethlehem - literally - as Biden and Abbas reviewed the troops and national anthems were played outside the Palestinian Muqataa Presidential Compound.   Biden shook hands with the 86-year-old Abbas, who heads the Palestinian Authority that administers parts of the occupied West Bank and cooperates with Israel on security. They then held a private meeting.  In the room where the leaders would give remarks afterward was an empty chair facing the podium with a picture of slain Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on it.  Akleh was wearing a bullet-proof vest in the image, and the words 'The voice of Palestine,' were written in Arabic on the picture.  At an earlier hospital stop and along the motorcade route, there were also asks of 'Justice for Shireen,' after Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed in May while covering a raid by the Israel Defense Forces.  Several Palestinian journalists covering Biden wore t-shirts with Akleh's face...
    Jerusalem (CNN)Israel's new Prime Minister Yair Lapid and the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas held a phone conversation Friday morning, which is believed to be the first such contact between Israeli and Palestinian leaders for five years. A short statement from Lapid's office said the two men "spoke about the continuation of cooperation and the need to ensure quiet and calm." Abbas had congratulated Lapid on becoming Prime Minister, the statement said, while Lapid passed along his best wishes to the Palestinian leader ahead of Eid al-Adha, the Muslim holiday which begins Friday. The Palestinian news agency Wafa also reported the phone conversation, adding that President Abbas had expressed his wish that "peace and stability would prevail in the region as soon as possible." Lapid's predecessor, right-winger Naftali Bennett, chose not to speak with Abbas during his 12-month premiership, while long-time leader Benjamin Netanyahu oversaw a degradation of Israel's relations with the Palestinian Authority, and it is reported he last spoke to the Palestinian leader in 2017. A leader for all Israelis? Yair Lapid takes over as caretaker prime ministerRead...
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday received a call from Israel’s caretaker prime minister, Yair Lapid, the first such conversation between Abbas and an Israeli premier in years. The call came amid a rare flurry of high-level Israeli-Palestinian contacts ahead of President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel and the occupied West Bank next week. The talks focused on calming tensions and coordinating security ahead of the visit. A statement from Lapid’s office said he spoke with Abbas about “the continuation of cooperation and the need to ensure quiet and calm.” Hussein al-Sheikh, a senior Abbas aide, said Lapid congratulated Abbas on Eid al-Adha, a Muslim holiday starting Saturday, and “discussed the latest situation briefly,” without elaborating. Abbas received Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz at his headquarters in the occupied West Bank town of Ramallah on Thursday and also spoke to Israeli President Isaac Herzog by phone. The peace process collapsed more than a decade ago. High-level meetings between Israeli and Palestinian leaders are rare and tend to focus on day-to-day economic and security coordination....
    Ayatollah Arabi conveyed the message of Ayatollah Saeed Ali Khamenei, the leader of the Islamic Revolution, to the President of the Catholic Church. “The leader of the Islamic Revolution congratulates you on your journey into the past, your relationship with Latin America and your position on the softening of relations between Islam and Christianity and on the protection of the oppressed. Ayatollah Khamenei called you. At the end of his interview in Rome a. Arafi commented. “The leader of the Islamic Revolution hopes that steps will be taken to protect the Palestinian people and that the solution will be based on the votes of the Palestinian people, including those of all faiths.” A Arafi was added to Pope Francis. Pope Francis responded by addressing them “Congratulations” I agree with Ayatollah Khamenei’s statements to the leader of the Islamic Revolution and to the religious authorities in Iran. The Iranian ambassador’s visit to Rome comes at a time when the occupation forces in Palestine are not limited to Muslims. One month ago, Zionist militants clashed with Christians and blocked access to the...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz kicked off a visited to Israel on Wednesday, briefly leaving Europe as the continent’s largest ground war in generations rages between Russia and Ukraine. Scholz arrived in Israel Tuesday evening and will return to Germany later Wednesday in a visit — his first to Israel since becoming German leader — that was planned before the fighting erupted. He toured Israel’s Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem alongside Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and the two were set to hold a press conference later in the day. His visit comes as Russia’s assault on Ukraine continued for a seventh day, and as Western countries have rallied together against the incursion. The war has prompted historic changes to Germany’s defense policies. The German government said Saturday it will send anti-tank weapons and surface-to-air missiles to Ukraine — abandoning its long-held refusal to export weapons to conflict zones in a historic break with its post-World War II foreign policy. Berlin also announced it is committing 100 billion euros to a special fund for its armed forces,...
    In a report documenting major reactions to the recent passing of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Reuters international news agency gave a prominent position to a senior Hamas figure as well as an official of the terrorist-designated Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) alongside world leaders and prominent figures including President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Pope Francis, and the Dalai Lama. In a piece detailing reactions to the death of South Africa’s Desmond Tutu, the news agency quoted both Hamas official Basim Naim as well as PLO official Wasel Abu Yousef expressing thoughts in light of the anti-apartheid icon’s death. Factbox: Reaction to the death of South Africas Desmond Tutu https://t.co/DBDGwO7SDV pic.twitter.com/5xwcyL2rEJ — Reuters (@Reuters) December 26, 2021 The article described Naim as “a senior official within the Palestinian Islamist militant group Hamas,” and goes on to quote him telling Reuters, “Our Palestinian people lost a strong supporter of their march towards freedom and independence.” “Father Desmond Tutu spent his entire life struggling against racism and defending human rights and especially on the Palestinian land,” he added. Naim...
    (CNN)Here is a look at the life of Khaled Meshaal, former political leader of Hamas. PersonalBirth date: 1956 Birth place: Silwad, West Bank Birth name: Khaled MeshaalRead MoreFather: Imam, name unknown publiclyMother: Name unknown publiclyMarriage: Name unknown publicly, (1981-present)Children: Seven Education: Kuwait University, Bachelor of Science in Physics, 1978Religion: Sunni Muslim Timeline1967 - After the Six-Day War, Meshaal's family moves from the West Bank to Jordan and then to Kuwait.1971 - Meshaal joins the Muslim Brotherhood. 1978-1984 - Works as a physics teacher in Kuwait.1980 - Founds the Islamic League for Palestinian Students. December 1987 - Palestinian cleric Sheikh Ahmed Yassin founds Hamas, a spinoff of the Muslim Brotherhood. Meshaal joins and becomes the leader of the Hamas chapter in Kuwait. August 2, 1990 - Iraq invades Kuwait. Reportedly, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein decided to invade the small, oil-rich nation in order to pay off debts incurred during Iraq's eight-year war with Iran. Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat throws his support behind Hussein. 1991 - US and coalition forces defeat Iraq and liberate Kuwait. Kuwait then expels 300,000 Palestinians...
    Former President Donald Trump was full of praise for terrorist-supporting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in a recent interview — while claiming that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not want to reach a peace deal. Axios’ Barak Ravid, who conducted the interview with Trump for a new book about Trump’s peace efforts, reported Monday: “I don’t think Bibi ever wanted to make peace,” Trump told me in April, referring to Netanyahu by his nickname in a 90-minute, face-to-face interview for my new book, “Trump’s Peace: The Abraham Accords and the Reshaping of the Middle East.” … Trump said that at an early stage of his presidency, he realized that Netanyahu would be a bigger obstacle to peace than Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. “I thought he was terrific,” Trump told me of Abbas, reflecting on their “great” first meeting. “He was almost like a father. Couldn’t have been nicer. I thought he wanted to make a deal more than Netanyahu.” Trump admitted to Ravid that Abbas and the Palestinians had proved to be “hardened” against the deal. Nevertheless, he said...
    (CNN)Here is a look at Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas leader in Gaza.PersonalBirth date: 1962 Birth place: Shati refugee camp, near Gaza City Father: Father was a fishermanRead MoreMarriage: Amal HaniyehChildren: 13Education: Islamic University of Gaza, 1987Religion: MuslimTimeline1987-1988 - Joins Hamas, during the first intifada.1988 - Imprisoned for six months.1989 - Sentenced to three years in prison.1992 - Released from prison and deported to Lebanon.December 1993 - Returns to Gaza and is appointed dean of the Islamic University.1997 - Becomes an assistant to Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, leader of Hamas.September 2003 - Haniyeh and Yassin are slightly injured when an Israeli airstrike targets them in Gaza City.April 2004 - After the deaths of Hamas's two previous leaders, Haniyeh is appointed part of a secret "collective leadership" with Mahmoud Zahhar and Said al-Siyam.January 26, 2006 - Hamas wins a landslide victory in the Palestinian legislative elections. Hamas wins 76 seats, and Fatah 43 seats in the 132-seat Palestinian Legislative Council, giving Hamas a majority.February 21, 2006 - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas asks Haniyeh to assemble a government.March 29, 2006 - Sworn in as...
    Israeli authorities were conducting a widespread manhunt on Monday for six convicted terrorists from Gilboa prison who reportedly used their cell’s drainage system to tunnel their way to freedom.  Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s office said reinforcements were sent to border crossings and "to the area around the frontier, while preparing to conduct whatever actions are needed to catch the terrorists, in close coordination with the Shin Bet security service and other security services," according to the Times of Israel. Gilboa prison, which is about two miles from the occupied West Bank, is considered one of the country’s most secure and its prisoners consist of those convicted or accused of deadly attacks, Reuters reported. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office called the escape a "grave incident that requires an across-the-board effort by the security forces." The army said the prisoners included Zakariye Zubeidi, a former militant leader in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, as well as three Islamic Jihad militants serving life sentences for involvement in deadly attacks on Israelis. GET THE FOX NEWS APP Zubeidi was a leader in...
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A breakaway Palestinian faction that carried out headline-grabbing attacks against Israel in the 1970s and 1980s has named a veteran new leader after its longtime founder died, the group said Sunday. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command said Talal Naji, was elected during a meeting in Damascus. He will replace Ahmed Jibril, who died on July 7 after being sick for months. Naji was born in Nazareth in British-ruled Palestine in 1946. He studied in Syrian schools and joined the ranks of the Palestinian Liberation Front faction in 1962 before later joining the PFLP-GC. Naji, who had lost an arm and an eye in a grenade explosion reportedly while training, had been the deputy chief of the PFLP-GC since 1973. He obtained a doctorate in political science from Moscow in 1984. Khaled Jibril, the son of the late leader, was named as his deputy. The PFLP-GC became known for dramatic attacks against Israel, including the hijacking an El Al jetliner in 1968 and the machine gunning of another airliner at Zurich...
    Google’s head of diversity strategy said that Jews have an “insatiable appetite for war” and “insensitivity to the suffering of others” in a 2007 blog post, The Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday. Kamau Bobb wrote about his perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts in a November 30, 2007, blog post titled, “If I Were A Jew,” according to the Free Beacon. Among other things, the blog claimed that Jews should be concerned about their “appetite for war and killing” and “insensitivity to suffering.” “If I were a Jew I would be concerned about my insatiable appetite for war and killing in defense of myself. Self defense is undoubtedly an instinct, but I would be afraid of my increasing insensitivity to the suffering [of] others,” the blog said, according to the Free Beacon. Bobb criticized Israel’s role in the violence sparked by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict of 2007, saying that if he was Jewish, he would be “tormented” by Israel’s “appetite for vengeful violence.” Conflict had escalated between Israel and Palestine in 2007 after the terror group Hamas, which Israel considered to be...
    Yahya Sinwar, the Gaza leader of the Palestinian Hamas terrorist group, emerged out of hiding this week to attend a rally at which he held up a child in military fatigues, a green Islamist headband, and brandishing an object resembling a machine gun. The Israel Defense Forces tweeted a clip of a video of the rally, calling the prop a “firearm,” though it was not clear whether the gun is real. Hamas’ leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, came out of hiding for a photo op. Watch him proudly display a child holding a firearm. Does this look like an organization that wants peace? pic.twitter.com/omYzV04yR3 — Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 26, 2021 As the Times of Israel reported, Sinwar made his first public appearance since the conflict on Saturday, the day after a ceasefire went into effect. Hamas leaders claimed victory, despite the fact that Israel destroyed much of their terrorist infrastructure and killed dozens of their leaders. The co-founder of Hamas boasted in an interview with Sky News (UK) that the terrorist group deliberately targeted Israel’s civilian population centers....
    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas referred to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday as “Secretary Clinton” before staff corrected him. From the transcript: PRESIDENT ABBAS: (Via interpreter) In the name of God, the merciful and the compassionate, we would like to welcome Secretary Clinton, who visits us these — in these days — STAFF: Blinken. PRESIDENT ABBAS: (Via interpreter) — sorry — Blinken, who visits us in these days — SECRETARY BLINKEN: It’s an improvement. (Laughter.) President Joe Biden sent Blinken to visit the Middle East as part of an effort to sustain a ceasefire between Hamas terrorists and Israel. Blinken announced the United States would request $75 million to help the Palestinians from Congress, as well as $5.5 million in immediate disaster assistance, and $32 million for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees emergency humanitarian appeal. He also announced that Biden was committed to reopening a diplomatic consulate in Jerusalem for further diplomatic exchanges with the Palestinians. Abbas thanked Blinken and the Biden administration for restoring financial assistance from the United States to the...
    By Wafaa Shurafa and Samy Magdy | Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Hundreds of masked Hamas fighters brandishing assault rifles paraded in Gaza City and the group’s top leader made his first public appearance on Saturday, in a defiant show of strength after the militants’ 11-day war with Israel. Saturday marked the first full day of a cease-fire, and Egyptian mediators held talks to firm up the truce which ended the fourth Israel-Hamas war in just over a decade. In the fighting, Israel unleashed hundreds of airstrikes against militant targets in Gaza, while Hamas and other militants fired more than 4,000 rockets toward Israel. More than 250 people were killed, the vast majority of them Palestinians. In Gaza City, residents began assessing damage. One of Gaza City’s busiest commercial areas, Omar al-Mukhtar Street, was covered in debris, smashed cars and twisted metal after a 13-floor building in its center was flattened in an Israeli airstrike. Merchandise was covered in soot and strewn inside smashed stores and on the pavement. Municipal workers swept broken glass and twisted metal from...
    The head of the Palestinian resistance movement thanked Iran for supplying military support and financial backing during the recent conflict with Israel in a televised address Friday. Just hours after Israel and Palestinian authorities agreed to a ceasefire, Ismail Haniyeh, a chief figure in Hamas, gave a warning that it will continue to "defend" Jerusalem. "Jerusalem remains the center of the conflict," he said according to a report by the Jerusalem Post, suggesting fighting in the region will continue.  BIDEN INSISTS THAT 'MY PARTY STILL SUPPORTS ISRAEL' Haniyeh thanked "the Islamic Republic of Iran; who did not hold back with money, weapons and technical support."  "We will use the aid of other Arab countries as well," he added. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed to Friday’s remarks as a reason why the U.S. should not lift Iranian sanctions as the Biden administration attempts to re-enter a nuclear deal. "America is about to supply Iran with billions of dollars in sanctions relief to continue this," Pompeo said on Twitter. "For America’s security, and for that of Israel, this is dangerous."...
    Gaza’s top Hamas leader was targeted by the Israeli military on Sunday after almost a week of deadly rocket attacks and airstrikes from both sides. Fast Facts The Israeli military targeted the home of Yehiyeh Sinwar who is likely in hiding along with the rest of the group's upper echelon, Brig. Gen. Hidai Zilberman, an army spokesman said. Hamas and other militant groups have fired some 2,000 rockets into Israel since last Monday, when tensions over a flashpoint holy site in Jerusalem and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families from a nearby neighborhood boiled over. The military targeted the home of Yehiyeh Sinwar who is likely in hiding along with the rest of the group's upper echelon, Brig. Gen. Hidai Zilberman, an Israeli army spokesman, said.  Hamas and other militant groups have fired some 2,000 rockets into Israel since last Monday, when tensions over a flashpoint holy site in Jerusalem and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families from a nearby neighborhood boiled over. Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes across the territory and brought down...
    Last week, Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist leader Ramez Al-Halabi expressed gratitude to the Islamic regime of Iran, attributing the source of the Gaza terror group’s arsenal and funding to the oppressive Islamic Republic of Iran. In an interview that aired Friday on Al-Ahd TV (Iraq), Al-Halabi bragged of the assistance his terrorist group receives from Iran. “The mujahideen [holy warriors or “jihadis”] in Gaza and in Lebanon use Iranian weapons to strike the Zionists,” he said. Palestinian Islamic Jihad Official Ramez Al-Halabi: The Rockets We Use to Pound Tel Aviv, Our Weapons, Our Money, and Our Food Are Provided by Iran #Gaza #Iran pic.twitter.com/0nc932DL5V — MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) May 12, 2021 In addition, he added, Gaza terrorists are trained by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Iranian funds are used to purchase weapons to be used in Gaza and Lebanon.  “We buy our weapons with Iranian money,” he said. “An important part of our activity is under the supervision of Iranian experts.”  Specifically noting the rockets used to attack Israel’s largest metropolitan area, Al-Halabi claimed that they bear the “signature”...
    Hamas political leader and designated terrorist Fathi Hammad called on Palestinians in Jerusalem on Friday to buy cheap knives in order to behead Jews. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to cozy up to the Gaza terror group while condemning Israel for responding to attacks against it and calling to end or condition aid to the Jewish state. In public remarks during an address which aired on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV on Friday, Hammad called for the beheading of Jews. “People of Jerusalem, we want you to cut off the heads of the Jews with knives,” he said, clarifying to “cut their [carotid] artery” as he demonstrated doing so with his hand.  Senior Hamas Official Fathi Hammad to Palestinians in Jerusalem: Buy 5-Shekel Knives and Cut Off the Heads of the Jews #Hamas @StateDept #terrorism #Jerusalem pic.twitter.com/dTTOaOqa5H — MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) May 10, 2021 The Hamas leader then bragged that the act could be accomplished with little cost.  “Buy a knife, sharpen it, put it here [against the neck], and just cut off [their heads],” he said. “It costs just five shekels [roughly $1.50].” “With...
    Kevin McCarthy never seems to stand up to antisemitism when it comes from Republicans. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy claimed Monday to stand with "the Jewish people," despite a record of countenancing antisemitism within his own party. "Israel has every right to defend itself against violence and the barrage of rockets from Hamas," he said in a tweet. "The United States unequivocally stands with our ally Israel and the Jewish people." McCarthy's tweet followed violent clashes in Jerusalem and in the Palestinian territory of Gaza. Amid growing tensions, the Palestinian Islamist organization Hamas and others say they fired rockets from Gaza into Jerusalem on Monday following Palestinian clashes with Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem that left hundreds injured. Israel's military said it responded to the rocket attacks with an airstrike on northern Gaza. At least nine Palestinians were reportedly killed. But while McCarthy has never hesitated to take the side of Israel, he has not been so concerned about defending Jews at home. In October 2018, McCarthy...
    Palestinian leader in good health ahead of election
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas flew to Jordan by helicopter on Monday ahead of an official visit to Germany on which he will undergo a health exam, officials said. His office did not provide any further details on the trip, which was not announced in advance. A Palestinian official said Abbas would undergo a “routine health check” in Germany. The official was not authorized to comment and so spoke on condition of anonymity. The 85-year-old Abbas, a heavy smoker with a history of heart problems, has attended public events in recent days and there was no indication he was ill. He received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine last month. But he has traveled abroad for medical treatment in recent years. In 2018, he visited a hospital in the United States after appearing weak in an address to the U.N. Security Council. He underwent an emergency heart procedure in 2016 after suffering exhaustion and chest pains, but was given a clean bill of health and quickly discharged from the West Bank hospital. Abbas has never chosen a...
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Imprisoned Palestinian uprising leader submits independent list for parliamentary elections in a blow to President Abbas. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas firebrand Yehiyeh Sinwar was re-elected on Wednesday as the Palestinian militant group’s leader in the Gaza Strip, leaving a figure closely aligned with the hard-line military wing in charge of the group’s strategy in its main stronghold. Sinwar, 58, fended off a challenge from Nizar Awadallah, one of Hamas’ founders. Sinwar will serve another four-year term. His victory could have deep implications for Hamas’ relations with Israel and other regional players. It also could impact upcoming Palestinian elections, the first in 15 years. Hamas’ supreme leader, Ismail Haniyeh, congratulated Sinwar on his victory and praised both candidates for the “high confidence” they had gained. Haniyeh, a former Gaza leader who now lives in exile in Qatar, said the vote was “real, not phony,” and that tens of thousands of Hamas members had participated. He said the results “demonstrate the seriousness of the movement in the upcoming Palestinian national and presidential elections.” Sinwar is a former member of the group’s militant wing who spent over two decades in an Israeli prison after being convicted...
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Islamic militant group Hamas on Tuesday was holding a leadership election in its Gaza Strip stronghold, a race with deep implications for its relations with Israel and other regional players, as well as upcoming Palestinian elections. A Hamas official said the field had narrowed down to a tight race between Yehiyeh Sinwar, the group’s current firebrand leader, and Nizar Awadallah, a co-founder of the movement. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was discussing internal deliberations of the secretive group. The Gaza Strip is Hamas’ most important area of activity. The Islamic group, which opposes Israel’s existence, violently seized control of the territory from the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority in 2007. Since then, it has fought three wars and numerous skirmishes against Israel, holding on to power despite a crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade that has devastated the economy. Sinwar is a former member of the group’s militant wing who spent over two decades in an Israeli prison after being convicted of murdering two Israelis. He was released in a 2011 prisoner swap....
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced Friday the Palestinian Authority (PA) will hold their first parliamentary and presidential elections since 2006, as reported by Reuters. Abbas’ decision was cheered on by the terror group Hamas, according to Reuters. The first elections for the PA since 2006 will attempt to heal internal divisions in the territory, Reuters reported. Others say the decision is to legitimize the PA because of the criticisms levied by other countries on PA institutions and Abbas’ presidency, according to Reuters. Abbas gave the decree to hold election to Hana Naser, the chairman of the Palestinian Central Election Committee in Ramallah on Friday, according to Reuters. The decree says elections will be held for legislative positions on May 22, and the presidency on July 31, Reuters reported. “The President instructed the election committee and all state apparatuses to launch a democratic election process in all cities of the homeland,” the decree said, according to Reuters. Abbas’ decision comes as the United States undergoes a transition of power from President Donald Trump to President-elect Joe Biden. Trump brokered multiple landmark...
    (CNN)Here is a look at Ismail Haniya, Hamas leader in Gaza.PersonalBirth date: 1962 Birth place: Shati refugee camp, near Gaza CityFather: Father was a fishermanRead MoreMarriage: Amal HaniyaChildren: 13Education: Islamic University of Gaza, 1987Religion: MuslimTimeline1987-1988 - Joins Hamas, during the first intifada.1988 - Imprisoned for six months.1989 - Sentenced to three years in prison.1992 - Released from prison and deported to Lebanon.December 1993 - Returns to Gaza and is appointed dean of the Islamic University.1997 - Becomes an assistant to Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, leader of Hamas.September 2003 - Haniya and Yassin are slightly injured when an Israeli airstrike targets them in Gaza City.April 2004 - After the deaths of Hamas's two previous leaders, Haniya is appointed part of a secret "collective leadership" with Mahmoud Zahhar and Said al-Siyam.January 26, 2006 - Hamas wins a landslide victory in the Palestinian legislative elections. Hamas wins 76 seats, and Fatah 43 seats in the 132-seat Palestinian Legislative Council, giving Hamas a majority.February 21, 2006 - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas asks Haniya to assemble a government.March 29, 2006 - Sworn in as prime...
    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan's King Abdullah on Sunday met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and both leaders set high hopes that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will revive peace talks over a two-state solution to the decades-old Arab-Israeli conflict, officials said. In a palace statement after meeting with Abbas in the Red Sea port of Aqaba, the monarch, who in recent months said Israeli policies and Trump's Middle East peace plan would lead to conflict, said he fully backed Palestinian statehood. "His Majesty stressed Jordan stood with all its resources alongside Palestinians in achieving their legitimate rights to set up an independent state," the monarch was quoted as saying in the statement. In his first conversation with an Arab leader since his election earlier this month, Biden spoke with King Abdullah last week, telling the monarch that he hopes to cooperate on “supporting a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." The Trump administration has reversed decades of U.S. policy on the conflict, refraining from endorsing the two-state solution, the longtime international formula which envisages a Palestinian state co-existing...
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday took to the U.N. to again reject the U.S. plan for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, while also slamming the recent U.S.-brokered deals between Israel and two Gulf nations. In a pre-recorded video message, Abbas complained that, “The Palestine Liberation Organization has not given a mandate to anyone to speak or negotiate on behalf of the Palestinian people.” He claimed that the only path to peace was an independent Palestine based on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT DISMISSES TRUMP'S MIDEAST PEACE PLAN AT UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING “We will not kneel or surrender, and we will not deviate from our fundamental positions, and we shall overcome,” Abbas said, speaking behind a plaque that read “State of Palestine.” In a move that could perhaps be seen as further isolating themselves from the Trump administration’s peace proposals, Abbas announced his own plan that called for an international peace conference to take place early next year. Abbas then took on the historic Abraham Accords signed earlier this month in...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday called for an international conference early next year to launch a “genuine peace process” while criticizing the recent decision of two Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel. Abbas seemed to acknowledge the growing international weariness with the decades-old conflict as he delivered the latest in a long series of addresses to the U.N. General Assembly. “I wondered while preparing this statement what more could I tell you, after all that I have said in previous statements,” he said in the video address from his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The Palestinians have rejected President Donald Trump’s proposal to end the conflict, which overwhelmingly favors Israel, and have officially cut off contacts with both the U.S. and Israel. Arguing that Washington is no longer an honest broker, they have called for a multilateral peace process based on U.N. resolutions and past agreements. They have also rejected the decision of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to normalize ties with Israel, viewing it as a betrayal of the longstanding...
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday called for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to convene an international conference early next year to launch "a genuine peace process" between Israel and the Palestinians. Abbas urged Guterres to work with the Middle East Quartet of mediators - the United States, Russia, the European Union and the U.N. - and the U.N. Security Council on a conference "with full authority and with the participation of all concerned parties, early next year, to engage in a genuine peace process." The Palestinians want a state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with east Jerusalem as its capital, all territory captured by Israel in 1967. Palestinian leaders rejected a peace proposal unveiled in January by U.S. President Donald Trump, in which Washington would recognize Jewish settlements in occupied territory as part of Israel. "There will be no peace, no security, no stability and no coexistence in our region while this occupation continues and a just, comprehensive solution to the question of Palestine, the core of the conflict, remains denied," Abbas told...
    By JOSEPH KRAUSS, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday called for an international conference early next year to “launch a genuine peace process” while criticizing the recent decision of two Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel. Abbas seemed to acknowledge the growing international weariness with the decades-old conflict as he delivered the latest in a long series of addresses to the U.N. General Assembly. “I wonder what more I can say after all I’ve said on countless occasions," he said in the video address from his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The Palestinians have rejected President Donald Trump’s proposal to end the conflict, which overwhelmingly favors Israel, and have officially cut off contacts with both the U.S. and Israel. Arguing that Washington is no longer an honest broker, they have called for a multilateral peace process based on U.N. resolutions and past agreements. They have also rejected the decision of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to normalize ties with Israel, viewing it as a betrayal of the longstanding Arab consensus...
    BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas on Sunday warned Israel that his organization has missiles capable of striking the city of Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial and cultural center, and areas beyond it. Ismail Haniyeh’s comments during a visit to Lebanon followed an escalation in recent weeks in which Hamas-affiliated groups fired rockets into Israel and Israeli warplanes struck areas in the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by Hamas. Hamas announced last week that international mediators had brokered a new set of “understandings” with Israel, halting the latest round of fighting for the time being in exchange for an easing of Israeli restrictions on the Gaza Strip. Haniyeh gave a speech in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ein el-Hilweh near the southern port city of Sidon, where he received a hero’s welcome by armed men who carried him on their shoulders. Haniyeh and a Hamas delegation met earlier with the leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, during which they discussed the situation in the Middle East and the recent normalization of relations between...
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced Israel's accord with the United Arab Emirates in a statement issued by his spokesman on Thursday night. “The Palestinian leadership rejects and denounces the UAE, Israeli and U.S. trilateral, surprising, announcement,” said Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a senior adviser to Abbas. Abu Rudeineh, reading from a statement outside Abbas's headquarters in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, said the deal was a "betrayal of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa and the Palestinian cause." (Reporting by Stephen Farrell) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The former head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement was laid to rest Sunday in the Syrian capital Damascus, a day after he died following a long illness. He was 62. Hundreds of people attended the funeral of Ramadan Shallah, who had been in a coma for more than three years after heart surgery. The group didn’t say where he died, but he was believed to have been in Lebanon. Shallah was buried following the afternoon prayers in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus. His funeral was attended by Syria-based Palestinian officials. Shallah led the Iranian-backed group for over 20 years, after its founder, Fathi Shikaki, was shot dead in Malta in a 1995 attack widely attributed to Israel. In 2018, the group named Shallah’s deputy, Ziad al-Nakhalah, as a new leader. Palestinian Islamic Jihad has offices in Syria and Lebanon, but most of its activities are focused in the Palestinian enclave of the Gaza Strip. “We pledge to continue the route of resistance until we liberate Palestine with the allies in Syria,...
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The former head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement died Saturday night after a long illness. He was 62. Ramadan Shalah had been in a coma for more than three years after heart surgery, the group said. It didn’t say where he died, but he is believed to have been in Lebanon. Shalah led the Iranian-backed group for over 20 years, after its founder, Fathi Shikaki, was shot dead in Malta in an attack widely attributed to Israel. In 2018, the group named Shalah’s deputy, Ziad al-Nakhalah, as a new leader. Palestinian Islamic Jihad has offices in Syria and Lebanon, but most of its activities are focused in the Palestinian enclave of the Gaza Strip. Mosque loudspeakers across Gaza blared in the evening with tributes to Shalah. Last year, the movement took part in several rounds of heavy fighting with Israel. But in recent months it has remained committed to an unofficial truce brokered by regional mediators between Israel and Hamas, the larger Islamic group ruling Gaza. Palestinian Islamic Jihad previously has taken part...
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