‘ Doha Will Host Meeting Between Mahmoud Abbas and Ban Ki-Moon Over Gaza ‘

#AceBreakingNews – DOHA – July 20 – Doha has announced it will host a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday, which will look to try and push for an end to fighting in the Gaza strip, according to a senior source from the country reported RT.

The session is due to take place in Doha and will be chaired by the Gulf state’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who has been acting as a “channel of communication” between the Islamist Hamas group and the international community, said the source.

“Qatar has presented Hamas’ demands to the international community. The list has been presented to France and to the UN. The talks tomorrow will be to further negotiate these conditions.”

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has rejected Egyptian efforts to end the fighting, saying any deal must include an end to a blockade of the coastal area and a recommittment to a ceasefire reached in an eight-day war there in 2012.

The conditions include the release of prisoners re-arrested since a 2011 exchange deal with Israel, the opening of Gaza-Israel border crossings and an end to an Israeli blockade on the Gaza seaport, a Hamas source in Doha said.

“In general, Israel must end all forms of aggression and attacks, end the blockade of Gaza and remove the actions that resulted from its military offensive in the West Bank after June 12,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters in the Palestinian Territories.

Egypt said on Saturday it had no plans to revise its ceasefire proposal, which Hamas has already rejected. And the Hamas source in Doha said the group has no plans to change its conditions for a ceasefire.

“We want the rights of our people. Palestinians on the ground are supporting us and we will get them back their rights,” said the source.

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' Israel Passes Law to Curb Presidential Powers to Grant Pardon's to Palestinians Convicted of Murder '

#AceNewsServices – ISRAEL (Jerusalem) – June 08 – Israel passed a law on Sunday which will curb presidential powers to grant pardons to Palestinians convicted of murder, Anadolu News Agency cites Economy Minister Naftali Bennett as saying.

Bennett, who leads the right-wing Jewish Home political party, said if the law had existed earlier, “many murderers would not have dared to kill Jews.”

He further said the bill was a response to the recently formed Palestinian unity government, which follows a reconciliation deal signed between Fatah and Hamas in April.

(World Bulletin ) “If this law had existed earlier, many murderers would not have dared to kill Jews,” Bennett, the leader of the right-wing The Jewish Home political party, wrote on his Facebook page.
“This law will soon be presented to the Knesset in order to be approved,” he added.

Bennett said the bill comes as a response to the new Palestinian unity government.

The Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government reached an agreement last July on the release of 104 prisoners who have been languishing in Israeli jails before the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accord.

The Oslo Accords, officially called the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements or Declaration of Principles (DOP) was a milestone in the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict, one of the major continuing issues within the wider Arab-Israeli conflict. It was the first direct, face-to-face agreement between the government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

The Oslo Accords were a framework for the future relations between the two parties. The Accords provided for the creation of a Palestinian National Authority (PNA). The Palestinian Authority would have responsibility for the administration of the territory under its control. The Accords also called for the withdrawal of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) from parts of the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

It was anticipated that this arrangement would last for a five-year interim period during which a permanent agreement would be negotiated (beginning no later than May 1996). Permanent issues such as positions on Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees, Israeli settlements, security and borders were deliberately left to be decided at a later stage. Interim Palestinian self-government was to be granted by Israel in phases.

Israel released three batches but refused to release the 4th group in March, leading to the collapse of U.S.-brokered peace talks.

In response, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas formally applied for Palestinian membership in 15 U.N. conventions.

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` Israeli Officials Accuse US of Sanctioning Terrorism After Plans to Establish Fatah-Hamas Unity Government '

AceWorldNews – ISRAEL (Jerusalem) – June 02 – Israeli officials have accused the US of “sanctioning terrorism” after Washington announced plans late Monday night to establish ties with the newly-sworn-in Fatah-Hamas unity government, the Jerusalem Post said.

Israeli officials said that if the US wants to advance peace, “it should be calling on [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas to end his pact with Hamas and return to peace talks with Israel,” the daily reported.
“With suits in the front office and terrorists in the back office, [the unity government] should not be business as usual,” Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer wrote in a message on his Facebook page.

Jerusalem Post – http://tinyurl.com/mouxrl6

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` Mahmoud Abbas Swears in Unity Government As Ministers Took Oath Excluding Three from Hamas '

#AceWorldNews – RAMALLAH (West Bank) – June 02 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a unity government on Monday, Reuters said. Ministers, professing to be politically unaffiliated, took the oath of office in a televised ceremony in Ramallah, the Palestinian seat of government in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

However, three ministers from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip were denied entry to the West Bank by Israel.

However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that world leaders should not “rush to recognise” the new government.

“Hamas is a terrorist organisation that calls for Israel’s destruction, and the international community must not embrace it. That would not bolster peace, it would strengthen terror,” he told a cabinet meeting.

Israel has said it would cease all but security co-ordination with the Palestinians if the government was formed.

A statement from Mr Hamdallah’s office denounced Mr Netanyahu’s remarks, calling them part of a campaign intended to “cement [Israel’s] occupation by all means”.

The US, which has sponsored the Israel-Palestinian peace talks, has expressed concern over any Hamas role in the new government.

In a phone call with President Abbas on Sunday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the new government must “commit to the principles of non-violence, recognition of the State of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements with it,” the State Department said.

Reuters

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` If You Really Wanted to Deny the New Peace Accord You Could Not Find a Better Way ‘

#AceWorldNews – PALESTINE – June 01 – Tel Aviv deny’s three future Palestinian ministers from the Gaza Strip entry to the West Bank due to Hamas affiliation in the new government, thus , dealing yet another blow to the fragile Middle East peace process.

Major General Yoav Mordechai, head of Israel’s military administration in the Palestinian territories, informed the Palestinians that the three ministers would not be granted access to the West Bank, public radio announced on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the defence ministry refused to confirm or deny the report, according to AFP.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday that Israel had informed the Palestinians that it would boycott the government. “Israel wants to punish us because we have agreed with Hamas on this government,” he said.

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` Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas Will Meet at Vatican in June ‘

#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL – May 29 – Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet at the Vatican on June 8 to unite in prayers for peace, the Vatican stated on Thursday.

Pope Francis invited the pair as he took part in a three-day tour of the Middle East, visiting the Holy Land last week.

The surprise invite was issued after a mass in Bethlehem.

Pope Francis said he hopes it will aid in the creation of an atmosphere conducive to peace talk resumption.

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` Israeli Government Suspends Middle East Peace Talks with Threats to Impose Sanctions on Palestinians ‘

#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL April 29 – (ALJ) – The Israeli government on Thursday suspended Middle East talks and threatened to impose new sanctions against the Palestinians in response to a unity agreement between rival Palestinian factions, pushing an embattled U.S. peace initiative to the brink of collapse.

Israel’s Security Cabinet made the decision during a six-hour emergency meeting convened to discuss the Palestinian deal, which was announced Wednesday by Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah as part of a reconciliation plan meant to end their seven-year rift. The deal envisions a unity government within five weeks and elections six months later.

Israel objects to any form of participation in Palestinian politics by Hamas. The Islamist group is currently in charge of the besieged Gaza Strip, which is territorially separate from the West Bank, where Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas exercises limited self-governance under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority. Hamas is designated as a “terrorist” organization by the United States and European Union for numerous fatal attacks against Israelis over the years.

Thursday’s decision was the latest — and perhaps final — blow to the negotiation process led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for the past nine months.

Speaking at the State Department on Thursday, Kerry acknowledged the roadblock in talks but said he remained resolute on continuing negotiations.

In a statement issued by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, the government said it would not hold negotiations with a government that “leans on Hamas.”

“Instead of choosing peace, Abu Mazen made a pact with a murderous terrorist organization that calls for the destruction of Israel,” it said, using Mahmoud Abbas’ nickname. “The alliance between Abu Mazen and Hamas was signed while Israel was making efforts to promote negotiations with the Palestinians … He who chooses Hamas’ terror does not want peace.”

The statement also said Israel will respond to Abbas’ recent decision to join 15 international conventions “with a series of steps,” language that typically refers to financial sanctions against the Palestinians.

Israel has already halted transferring tax and customs money it collects on the Palestinians’ behalf, worth some $100 million a month. Those funds help keep Abbas’ self-rule government afloat.

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` Mahmoud Abbas Denounces the ` Holocaust ‘ as one of the Most Heinous Crimes against Humanity ‘

#AceWorldNews – RAMALLAH – April 27 – After years of denying the holocaust finally Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has denounces the Holocaust as “the most heinous crime against humanity in modern history” in an interview with Palestinian news agency WAFA.

He also described Jews massacre by the Nazi Germany as “a reflection of the concept of ethnic discrimination and racism, which the Palestinians strongly reject and act against.”

His comments were made ahead of Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. Israel has repeatedly accused Abbas of denying the Holocaust in which some 6 million Jews were killed.

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` Mahmoud Abbas Says Unity with Islamic Militant Group Hamas would Attempt to Reassure the West ‘

#AceWorldNews – RAMALLAH, West Bank – April 26 – (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says any unity government with the Islamic militant group Hamas would follow his political program, an apparent attempt to reassure the West.

Abbas spoke Saturday to the Palestinian Central Council, a top decision-making body, two days after Israel halted negotiations with the Palestinians over a reconciliation deal between Abbas and Hamas.

Israel’s leaders accused Abbas of choosing Hamas over possible peace with Israel. However, the suspension came at a time when talks were close to collapse and had achieved no results after nine months.

The Abbas-Hamas deal envisions an interim government in a month and general elections by winter.

The Palestinian split came in 2007 when Hamas seized Gaza, and reconciliation efforts failed.

Abbas says any unity government would work “under my orders and my policy.”

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PLO Delegates Arrive in Gaza on Tuesday for Landmark Meeting to Discuss Unity with Hamas ‘

#AceWorldNews – GAZA – April 22 – (Reuters) – Palestine Liberation Organization delegates arrived in Gaza on Tuesday to discuss unity with militant group Hamas for the first time since their 2007 conflict, in a potential boost for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Few Palestinians expect a breakthrough in the deadlock that has paralysed Palestinian politics, and many have low expectations of any resolution to the seemingly endless duel.

A deal could restore a measure of sovereignty to Abbas in Gaza and boost his negotiating power with Israel in any future peace talks, although such a partnership could also provoke a backlash from Israel against the PLO in the occupied West Bank.

The reconciliation mission coincided with a meeting between Abbas’s Fatah-led group and Israeli peace negotiators in Jerusalem to try to extend talks beyond an April 29 deadline.

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` Mahmoud Abbas Signed ` International Conventions ‘ Citing his Anger at Israel’s Delay of Prisoner Release ‘

#AceWorldNews – RAMALLAH – April 01 – (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed more than a dozen international conventions on Tuesday citing anger at Israel’s delay of a prisoner release, in a move jeopardized United States, efforts to salvage fragile peace talks.

His unexpected decision came just a day before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had been due to travel to Ramallah for talks aimed at finalizing a complex, three-way deal that would enable the talks to continue into 2015.

However, a U.S. official said that trip would not now go ahead.

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John Kerry alters his Travel Schedule to Meet with ` Benjamin Netanyahu ‘ over the Stalled Peace Talks ‘

#AceWorldNews – JERUSALEM – April 01 – United States Secretary of State John Kerry met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the second time in less than 12 hours on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

The meeting was staged as the US tries to salvage stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Kerry altered his travel schedule on Monday for a flying visit to Jerusalem, but there was no word of any breakthrough. The US Secretary of State might return to the region once more late Wednesday to see Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a Palestinian official said.

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` Israeli Troops killed 3 ` Palestinians ‘ in the ` West Bank ‘ in a raid to capture a Hamas Militant ‘

#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL – 22 March – Israeli troops have killed three Palestinians in the West Bank in a raid to capture a Hamas Islamist militant.

The Israeli military said they raided a home in a refugee camp in Jenin and killed Hamza Abu Alhija, a Hamas militant, after he opened fire on them.

A further two Palestinians were shot dead as Israeli forces confronted protesters throwing rocks and petrol bombs at them during the raid.

The Palestinian Authority denounced the violence and said it jeopardizes the fragile US brokered peace talks.

A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged Washington “to prevent a collapse in negotiations”.

Reuters – AP – RT – AFP

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