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Israel advances bill to offset terror salary payments by the Palestinian Authority
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who initiated the bill, touted it as working to end the “theater of absurd,” where funds transferred from Israel to the Palestinian Authority are then paid out to terrorists. (Photo courtesy of Palestinian Media Watch)
Security heads give a nod to Palestinian Authority’s efforts in keeping the calm
For years now, a fairly quiet security coordination has been in place between the Israel Defense Forces and the Palestinian Authority—a setup that recently faced a major test.
Abbas meets Putin in Moscow in attempt to reduce U.S. role in peace process
Abbas tells Putin that Palestinians “refuse to cooperate in any form with the U.S.” Putin replies by telling Abbas that he just spoke with Trump, adding, “naturally we spoke about the Palestinian-Israeli settlement . . . I would like to convey to you his best wishes.”
Jonathan S. Tobin
Gaza needs to look in the mirror
If the people of Gaza are suffering, blame the leaders and the terror groups they support for spending on weapons and tunnels, not on infrastructure and building an economy.
Gaza hospital stops performing surgeries due to cleaners’ strike
Shifa Hospital will not have medical garbage taken away until workers are paid overdue salaries, the second time such a strike has taken place in just a few weeks.
Another war in Gaza?
As economic crisis in Gaza deepens, Israel weighs how to react
The economic crisis has direct security implications for Israel. A destabilization of the Hamas-run enclave can lead to unrest and chaos, potentially pushing Hamas and other armed terror factions to attack Israel in order to divert attention away from Gaza’s failings and quell internal unrest.
Fatah deputy chairman disregards billions in US aid to the Palestinians
A senior official in Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement last week declared that the U.S. has “not given the Palestinians anything of substance,” disregarding billions of dollars in American financial aid to the PA.
Jonathan S. Tobin
Don’t blame Trump for Abbas rejecting peace
Some in the so-called peace camp prefer to blame Palestinian misbehavior on President Donald Trump rather than own up to the truth about Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
PA’s Abbas continues anti-Trump rhetoric, says Jerusalem is the key to peace or war
Abbas continued his rhetoric against Donald Trump at a conference focused on Jerusalem at Al-Azhar University in Cairo.
Major Jewish groups back Trump on cutting Palestinian aid, left-of-center voices disagree
Many major Jewish groups are expressing support for the idea of reducing U.S. aid to the Palestinians after President Donald Trump mentioned the possibility of a cut.