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Middle East peace process

U.S. Envoy David Friedman: Trump Peace Plan ‘Out of the Box’

TEL AVIV – President Donald Trump’s long-anticipated peace plan is an effort to “think out of the box and capture the imagination and hopes of both sides for a better life,” U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told the Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.

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Abbas to Arab World: Trump’s Peace Plan ‘Offers Nothing’

TEL AVIV – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Arab states on Sunday that President Donald Trump’s long-awaited peace plan had “nothing to offer” the Palestinians and added that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had no interest in peace. 

US President Donald Trump (L) is welcomed by Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas at the presidential palace in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on May 23, 2017

Arab League Pledges $100 Million to Palestinian Authority

TEL AVIV – The Arab League on Sunday pledged $100 million per month to the Palestinian Authority to cover the funds suspended by Israel in taxes and tariffs owed to the PA over the latter’s so-called “pay-for”slay” scheme paying salaries to terrorists and their families.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, speaks after laying a wreath at the tomb of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, inside the Mukataa government compound, in the the West Bank city of Ramallah as Palestinians commemorate the 14th anniversary of his death, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

Kushner: Peace Plan Will Be Revealed After Ramadan

TEL AVIV – The long-anticipated U.S. peace proposal for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will not be unveiled before the Muslim holiday of Ramadan is over in June, President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner confirmed.

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U.S. Publishes Official Map with Golan Heights as Part of Israel

TEL AVIV – The US has for the first time published an international map showing the Golan Heights as part of Israel, three weeks after President Donald Trump recognized Israeli sovereignty over the territory captured from Syria in 1967.

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Palestinian PM Declares Trump Peace Plan ‘Born Dead’

TEL AVIV – The newly appointed Palestinian Authority prime minister on Tuesday said declared that the long-anticipated U.S. peace proposal for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be “born dead.”

Newly-appointed Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh sits behind his desk at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 10, 2019. - Shtayyeh, born in 1958, a long-term Abbas ally and member of the Fatah central committee, replaces Rami Hamdallah, who was politically independent. An academic and …

Report: Trump Peace Plan Likely Won’t Include Palestinian State

TEL AVIV – President Donald Trump’s long -awaited peace plan will include major economic and other incentives for Palestinians, but is likely stop short of realizing the vision for the establishment of a Palestinian state, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.

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Trump to Meet Egyptian President Sisi to ‘Discuss Counter-Terrorism’

TEL AVIV – President Donald Trump is slated to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Washington on April 9 to discuss “strengthening the strategic partnership between the United States and Egypt, and building on our robust military, economic and counter-terrorism cooperation,” a statement from the White House said. 

President Donald Trump greets Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi as he arrives at the White House in Washington, Monday, April 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Iran’s Rouhani Arrives for First Official Visit to Iraq

BAGHDAD — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Baghdad on Monday, Iraqi state television said, making his first official visit to the nation that Tehran once fought a bloody war against and later backed in the battle with the Islamic State group.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L) speaks during a joint press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Barham Saleh at the Presidential palace in Baghdad on March 11, 2019. - Iran's President arrived in Iraq for his first official visit, as Baghdad comes under pressure from Washington to limit political and trade …

Lindsey Graham: Giving Up Golan Heights Would Be Israeli Strategic Nightmare

TEL AVIV – Senator Lindsey Graham, on a visit to Israel’s north with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said Israel must keep the Golan Heights or face a “strategic nightmare,” and vowed that he would work to get U.S. recognition of the area as part of sovereign Israel.

(L to R) US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is accompanied by Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman as they visit the border line between Syria and the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on March 11, 2019. - The influential US senator allied to President Donald Trump …

U.S. Shutters Consulate in Jerusalem as Embassy Fills Role

JERUSALEM – In a move that angered Palestinians, the U.S. officially closed its consulate in Jerusalem on Monday, merging consular activities with the main embassy which was relocated to the capital in May. 

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Netanyahu Meets Putin in Moscow to Discuss Iran

TEL AVIV – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed in Moscow early on Thursday for a brief trip during which he is expected to discuss Syria and Iran with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Iran: ‘Great Risk’ of War with Israel

TEL AVIV – Iran’s foreign minister on Sunday claimed that Israel is “looking for war” and warned that its behavior along with that of the U.S. was increasing the prospects of a conflict in the region.

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Pompeo: Peace Plan to Come ‘Immediately Following’ Israeli Elections

TEL AVIV – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that the rollout of the Trump administration’s much-anticipated peace plan will begin “immediately following” Israeli elections on April 9 and that certain aspects of the proposal have already been discussed with regional partners. 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) signs an MOU and statement of intent with Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, the Deputy Prime Minister and Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the Sheraton Grand in the Qatari capital Doha on January 13, 2019. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / …

Netanyahu Stops Qatari Cash Transfer to Hamas After Gaza Violence

TEL AVIV – Amid another flare-up along the Gaza border during which a Palestinian sniper opened fire on a group of IDF soldiers and explosions were reportedly heard in the northern Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stopped the transfer of Qatari funds to the Hamas-run enclave. 

Netanyahu defends Qatari cash infusion to Gaza