Hamas, dominant in Gaza, and West Bank-based Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction sealed a deal last week in Cairo in which Hamas agreed to cede administrative control of Gaza, including the key Rafah border crossing.
Last month, Hamas agreed to cede powers in Gaza to President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah-backed government in a deal mediated by Egypt.
Gaza gets less than four hours of electricity a day, because the Palestinian President refuses to foot its electricity bill in a bid to flush out Hamas.
Three Israelis were stabbed to death in the West Bank, hours after three Palestinians were killed in violence prompted by Israel’s installation of metal detectors in the Old City.
India and Palestine also signed five agreements on cooperation in the areas of agriculture, IT and electronics, health, and youth affairs and sports.
The Trump administration is yet to articulate a cohesive strategy for restarting peace talks in the Middle East, leading to scepticism at home and abroad.
Palestinian officials have seen their cause overshadowed by global concerns such as the Syrian war and ISIS, and want Trump’s White House to bring it back to the forefront.
Palestinian officials indicated Abbas would emphasise his concern about Israeli settlement-building on occupied land and the need for a two-state solution to the conflict.
Jared Kushner’s appointment is a sign of politics changing in their favour.
In a statement issued by Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer lowered expectations of an imminent move that could anger the Arab world.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement came hours after delaying a crucial vote on an proposal to annex one of the West Bank’s largest settlements..
US Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, said that Obama had no plans to pursue a new Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative before leaving office.
A report released on July 1, by the so-called ‘Quartet’ – US, EU, UN and Russia – called on Israel to stop its policy of building settlements on occupied land and restricting Palestinian development.
The move comes as new Turkish government packed with Erdogan allies re-evaluates its foreign policy.
A renewed Palestinian drive to persuade the UN Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements is aimed at removing the biggest obstacle to peace and boosting French efforts to broker an agreement, the Palestinian UN envoy has said.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has established a constitutional court that analysts say concentrates more power in his hands.
While Israel may be heartened by India’s abstention on the Gaza resolution this year too, it will not be overjoyed as New Delhi voted in favour of a new resolution that sets up a database of Israeli and international firms working in the illegal Israeli settlements.
When Netanyahu blames the recent outbreak of violence on Palestinian incitement against Jews, as if incitement had no context and no real cause, he is being deliberately disingenuous, or worse.