Palestinian Authority

Israel braced for wave of UN pressure over peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Israel is concerned that it will soon face a wave of diplomatic pressure to agree to a timetable for establishing a Palestinian state.

The main worry is that the United States will give quiet backing to a French proposal that was presented to the United Nations Security Council three months ago and created with the help of the Palestinian Authority.

Another, similar proposal has been drafted


Online 'ammunition'

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

An Israel advocacy group is enabling activists across the globe to have information about the Palestinian Authority at their fingertips.

Palestinian Media Watch has created the online tool, which will offer Israel supporters information on PA policies and activities which are anti-Israel, complete with links to videos.

Itamar Marcus, who founded the 19-year-old organisation, will launch the


Rawabi finally gets water pipeline

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 3, 2015

The Israeli government has approved the connection of the new Palestinian city, Rawabi, to the water grid after more than a year of delays.

The decision will allow the company building Rawabi, which is designed to house 40,000, to finally hand over the keys to the first new flats.


New details of 'PA terror funding'

By Edwin Black, February 12, 2015

According to documents obtained from a New York terror trial, payments made to Palestinian terrorists and their families were signed off at the highest level within the PA, and adjusted according to the specifics of each terrorist act.


Palestinians push for ICC war crimes probe

By Orlando Radice, January 2, 2015

The Palestinian Authority has asked the International Criminal Court to investigate Israel for alleged war crimes.

President Mahmoud Abbas signed the Rome Statute – the founding treaty of the ICC - on Wednesday and filed a request for Palestine to join the international court as a member state.


America looking to push back UN vote on Palestine

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 23, 2014

The United States is trying to postpone a vote at the UN Security Council on a Palestinian resolution to set a deadline for the establishment of a Palestinian state until after the Israeli elections in March.


Abbas looks to France for help at UN

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2014

The Palestinian Authority is planning to cooperate with the French government in its bid to secure UN recognition for a Palestinian state.

The PA has been lobbying the Security Council to vote for its proposal to impose a two-year deadline on establishing a state.


Death of PA minister sparks chaos fears

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2014

Security coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority remains in the balance in the wake of the death of a Palestinian minister following an altercation with Israeli police.

Ziad Abu Ein, 55, who had been put in charge of issues related to settlements and the separation barrier by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, had been leading a demonstration against the settler outpost of A


Palestinians push back UN statehood bid

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 27, 2014

The Palestinian Authority is planning to postpone its attempt to secure a UN timetable for the unilateral establishment of a Palestinian state.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told Ma'an news agency on Monday that the decision had been delayed due to the difficulty of reaching the necessary majority in the Security Council and American pressure.


Abbas buries hope for fresh peace talks

By Uri Dromi, October 6, 2014

The good news is that Israelis are still willing to sit down and talk with the Palestinians.

The Peace Index, a monthly survey run by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, has just found out that “the rate of those who favour renewing the talks (50 per cent) is a bit higher than the rate of opponents (44 per cent)”.