Palestinian Authority

Peace talks expose deep rifts

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 8, 2013

The talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are not yet under way but a major split is already emerging within the Israeli government.

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett has announced that Israel will soon resume widespread building in East Jerusalem, a step that many believe could derail the talks.

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Israel plans new railway lines, to run through West Bank

By Alexandra Krendel, July 25, 2013

Plans for a West Bank railway plan serving both Israelis and Palestinians are going ahead, despite the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to co-operate with the proposal.

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Peace dividends of economic relations between Israelis and Palestinians

By Alex Brummer, June 12, 2013

Vstrained business affairs between Israel and the Palestinian territories have been highlighted by boycotts of Israeli companies — like West Bank-based drinks group, SodaStream.

Yet peace negotiators still believe that closer economic ties promote the goal of a two-state solution.

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New Palestinian PM is walking into a bear pit

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 7, 2013

Professor Rami Hamdallah, the man appointed this week as the Palestinian Authority's new prime minister, is virtually unknown outside Palestinian circles.

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New Palestinian Prime Minister appointed

By Zoe Winograd, June 3, 2013

On Sunday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced that Rami Hamdallah would take the position of prime minister.

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Report is too little, too late

By Melanie Phillips, May 26, 2013

The reported "killing" of Mohammed al Dura in a hail of Israeli bullets was nothing of the kind and was instead a modern-day blood libel. So said the state of Israel this week.

What kept it?

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Hague and Kerry due in Israel for peace talks

By Marcus Dysch, May 21, 2013

Foreign Secretary William Hague is due to visit Israel this week during a short tour of the Middle East.

He is expected to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks on the peace process.

The trip has been planned for some time and is being made in an effort to support US Secretary of State John Kerry's work to encourage Israelis and Palestinians to return to negotiations.

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Bibi held secret talks with Palestinians

By Zoe Winograd, May 13, 2013

The head of the PLO Executive Committee, Yasser Abed Rabbo, has revealed that secret discussions about peace talks took place between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the PLO two years ago.

According to the Times of Israel, Mr Netanyahu and Mr Abed Rabbo met several times in 2010 and 2011 at the house of Israel chief negotiator Yitzhak Molcho.

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Departure of PA PM Fayyad creates West Bank Limbo

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 18, 2013

The resignation of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has thrown the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank into uncertainty. Mr Fayyad, who clashed often with President Mahmoud Abbas and refused to participate in official peace talks with Israel, was respected by western governments as a responsible administrator and economist.

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PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has resigned

By Zoe Winograd, April 15, 2013

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has resigned.

President Mahmoud Abbas accepted Mr Fayyad’s resignation after a brief meeting at the Muqata government compound in Ramallah on Saturday.

Rumours of Mr Fayyad’s resignation surfaced last week following his disagreement with Mr Abbas over the departure of finance minister Nabil Qassis.

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