Israel police disperse riot at holy site

2014-04-16 15:58

Israeli police have stormed a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem and fired tear gas to disperse a riot by Palestinian Muslim worshippers, officials say.

Palestinians join Geneva Conventions on war

2014-04-11 14:57

The Palestinian Authority has formally signed up to the Geneva Conventions, which set down the rules of warfare and humanitarian operations in conflict zones.

Israel-Palestine prisoner deal to revive talks

2014-04-10 21:14

Israel and the Palestinians were on the verge of a deal to extend US-backed peace talks, a report on Israeli television has said.

Israelis, Palestinians try to salvage talks

2014-04-07 13:17

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are set to meet again in a fresh effort to salvage the teetering, US-brokered peace process.

Israel, Palestine show desire to continue talks

2014-04-07 09:04

Israel and the Palestine have angrily accused each other of undermining US-led peace efforts in the region, but nonetheless signalled their readiness to find a way to revive the talks.

Gaza rocket hits Israel

2014-04-05 21:45

A rocket fired from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip hit an open area in southern Israel without causing damage or injuries, the army and police say.

Israel won't release Palestinian prisoners

2014-04-03 22:31

Israel says it is cancelling the fourth release of Palestinian prisoners over the Palestinian UN push.

Palestinians sign treaties to press Israel

2014-04-02 14:08

A surprise decision by President Mahmoud Abbas to sign more than a dozen international conventions giving Palestine greater leverage against Israel left the US struggling with peace talks.

Kerry cancels trip to Ramallah

2014-04-01 22:35

US Secretary of State John Kerry has cancelled plans to travel to Ramallah after both the Israelis and the Palestinians announced moves likely to scuttle the peace talks.

Kerry to Mideast at critical point in peace talks

2014-03-31 17:34

US Secretary of State John Kerry has headed back to the Middle East for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as peace talks have reached a critical make-or-break point.

Israel proposes to extend peace talks

2014-03-31 05:45

Israel has handed the Palestinians a proposal they hope will lead to an extension of their peace talks beyond a 29 April deadline, as efforts to salvage the negotiations came to a head.

Netanyahu slams UN's censure of Israel

2014-03-30 14:05

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has slammed a UN rights body for a string of resolutions condemning the Jewish state despite a wave of rights abuses elsewhere in the region.

Arab summit refuses to recognise 'Jewish state'

2014-03-26 13:18

Arab leaders fully back a Palestinian refusal to recognise Israel as a Jewish state, a flashpoint issue which is threatening to derail the US-led peace talks.

Israelis, Palestinians endorse Arab peace plan

2014-03-24 21:52

A group of Israeli and Palestinian politicians have banded together to urge the Arab League to renew a comprehensive peace offer to Israel.

Negotiator: Obama, Abbas talks difficult

2014-03-18 21:14

US President Barack Obama and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas held "long" and "difficult" talks on the Middle East peace process, the chief Palestinian negotiator has said.

Settlements or peace Palestine puts to Israel

2014-03-18 07:02

The chief Palestinian negotiator says Israel must choose between building West Bank settlements or a peace agreement but "they can't have both".

Thousands rally to support Abbas

2014-03-17 18:44

Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of West Bank in support of president Mahmud Abbas's visit to Washington for talks with Barack Obama.

Israel regrets killing of Jordanian judge

2014-03-11 19:20

Israel has expressed its regret over the killing of a Jordanian judge, who was shot by Israeli soldiers at a border crossing, and promised to carry out an investigation.

Abbas won't recognise Israel as Jewish state

2014-03-07 14:15

The Palestinian president says there’s "no way" he will recognise Israel as a Jewish state and accept just a portion of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.

Palestinians: Netanyahu declared end to talks

2014-03-05 06:48

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to pro-Israel lobbyists in the US has amounted to "an official announcement of a unilateral end to negotiations," a Palestinian official says.

Egyptian court rules to ban Hamas activities

2014-03-04 15:05

A Cairo court has ruled to ban activities by the Palestinian militant Hamas group in Egypt, branding it a terrorist organisation.

Japan pledges $200m+ to Palestinians

2014-03-01 19:50

Japan has pledged more than $200m in aid to the Palestinian Authority, as representatives from 22 nations reiterated their support of the Palestinians' quest for their own state.

Israel army kills Palestinian in West Bank raid

2014-02-27 15:01

A Palestinian has died during an Israeli army raid on his home in the West Bank town of Birzeit, the military and a Palestinian security source says.

UN: Palestinians in Syria camp 'traumatised'

2014-02-25 15:01

The chief of the UN relief agency supporting Palestinian refugees says he is "deeply disturbed and shaken" by the despair and destruction he'd seen in a camp in the Syrian capital.

Israel police, Palestine protesters clash at mosque

2014-02-25 10:01

Israeli police have entered the sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City to disperse Palestinian protesters, a police spokesperson says.


Palestine woman dies after Israel tear gas attack

2014-04-15 12:29

A Palestinian woman has died in hospital after inhaling tear gas used by the Israeli army to disperse protesters near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, a medical official says.

US push to salvage peace talks irks Israeli right

2014-04-11 13:47

US efforts to rescue peace talks with the Palestinians are meeting tough resistance within Israel's governing coalition, with the far right threatening to quit over the mooted concessions.

Israel to limit contact with Palestinians

2014-04-09 11:07

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his ministers to limit all but diplomatic and security contact with their Palestinian counterparts, a government official says.

First women join Palestine commando unit

2014-04-07 10:53

Palestinian women in combat fatigues and headscarves have become trailblazers in a still largely male-dominated society, where they are set to become the first females in the Presidential Guards.

Israel wants peace but 'not at any price'

2014-04-06 12:00

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is willing to continue US-brokered peace talks with the Palestinians but not "at any price".

'Reality check' time in Mideast talks - Kerry

2014-04-05 08:38

US secretary of state John Kerry says Washington is evaluating whether to continue its role in Middle East peace talks if the parties themselves are unwilling to move forward.

Palestinians will pay for UN move - Israel minister

2014-04-02 15:00

An Israeli minister has warned of punitive action if the Palestinians pursued efforts to join UN agencies, as hopes of a breakthrough in the US-led peace process faded rapidly.

Israel, Palestinian moves threaten peace efforts

2014-04-02 09:47

Israel and the Palestinians have announced moves that could scuttle peace talks, prompting US Secretary of State John Kerry to call off a second visit in as many days aimed at saving them.

Kerry meets Netanyahu again to revive peace talks

2014-04-01 10:29

US Secretary of State John Kerry has met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the second time in less than 12 hours in an effort salvage stalled peace talks with the Palestinians.

Palestinians reject Israel proposal as blackmail

2014-03-31 17:34

The Palestinians have rejected an Israeli proposal to extend the crumbling peace talks beyond 29 April, saying it was akin to "blackmail".

US military chief in Israel at time of tensions

2014-03-30 21:04

The US military chief has kicked off a visit to Israel at a time of heightened tensions with Israel's defence minister.

Kerry holds 'constructive' talks with Abbas

2014-03-27 08:46

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has held "constructive" talks on the Middle East peace process, a US official says, as crunch decisions loom.

Palestinians to lobby if prisoners not freed

2014-03-25 18:42

Palestinian leaders have threatened to renew their diplomatic push at the United Nations if Israel fails to free Arab prisoners as scheduled.

UN monitor accuses Israel of ethnic cleansing

2014-03-21 22:09

A UN rights expert who probes Israel's conduct towards Palestinians has accused the Jewish state of a campaign of ethnic cleansing and apartheid policies.

Peace will require risk, Obama tells Abbas

2014-03-18 10:44

President Barack Obama has told Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas that both he and Israel’s politicians must be prepared to make tough decisions and take "risks" for peace.

Obama tells Abbas risks for peace are needed

2014-03-17 20:49

US President Barack Obama has told Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas that both he and Israeli leaders must make tough political decisions and take "risks" for peace.

Islamic Jihad: Gaza truce now in effect

2014-03-13 15:49

The radical Islamic Jihad movement has said that an Egyptian-brokered truce had gone into effect to halt a spiralling confrontation with Israel.

Hamas unveils rocket statue in Gaza City

2014-03-11 05:30

Hamas has unveiled a rocket-shaped statue showcasing its capacity to strike arch-enemy Israel, as the Jewish state boasted its own haul of captured weapons.

Israel PM: Palestinians must 'abandon fantasy'

2014-03-05 10:15

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu has directly urged Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to recognise Israel as a Jewish state and to "abandon the fantasy" of flooding Israel with refugees.

Netanyahu: Palestinians must recognise Jewish state

2014-03-04 21:14

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu has appealed to Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and to "abandon the fantasy" of flooding Israel with refugees.

Israeli air strike kills 2 Palestinians in Gaza

2014-03-04 07:22

An Israeli air strike on the northern Gaza Strip has killed two Palestinians and wounded two others, the emergency services in the Hamas-run enclave said.

'Mentally ill' Gaza woman killed by Israeli fire

2014-03-01 14:05

A mentally ill Gazan woman has been shot dead by Israeli troops near the border, the Palestinian territory's Hamas-run health ministry says.

Gazans turn to solar power amid fuel crisis

2014-02-26 09:38

As the Palestinian territory lives through the worst fuel shortage in its history, many of Gazan inhabitants are beginning to see solar power as a viable alternative.

Israeli forces use rubber bullets at mosque, 15 injured

2014-02-25 14:00

Israeli police have entered the sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City and injured 15 Palestinians as protesters were dispersed with rubber bullets, medics say.

Rights envoy points to apartheid in Palestine

2014-02-24 22:34

Israel's policies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip appear to amount to apartheid due to its systematic oppression of the Palestinian people, a UN investigator says.

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