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Palestinians: Arabs Not Authorized to Represent Us at Bahrain Peace Summit

TEL AVIV – Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat reiterated the position that no Palestinian has been given authorization to attend next month’s US-led peace conference in Bahrain, amid reports that Arab countries are pressuring the Palestinians to walk back their rejection of it. 

Saeb Erekat, Chief Palestinian negotiator, gestures during a press conference in Jerusalem on March 19, 2015. The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) executive committe was given two weeks to work out the modalities to end the security cooperation with Israel, Erekat said. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read …

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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EU Sides With UN Envoy in Spat with Palestinian Authority

TEL AVIV – Amid sharp objections from the Palestinian leadership, the European Union on Sunday supported United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolay Mladenov’s efforts to reach a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas.

UN envoy 'no longer acceptable' for Palestinians

Report: Trump Admin Freezes PLO Bank Accounts in U.S.

The US has decided to freeze all bank accounts belonging to the (Palestine Liberation Organization) PLO in the country as the White House ramps up pressure on the Palestinians to enter into peace talks with Israel, according to a report in Al Jazeera on Sunday evening.

Muslims holds placards reading "Palestine will be Free" and "Anti-Israel" during a rally at the Putra Mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak led a huge rally to protest the U.S.President Donald Trump's move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Palestinian Authority Accuses U.S. of ‘Cheap Blackmail’

In response to the US decision to cut more than $200 million in aid money to the Palestinians, the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman says the US decision is meant to force the Palestinians to abandon their claim to Jerusalem.

In this Sept. 19, 2014 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris. The Hamas militant group on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2017, said it has accepted key conditions demanded by its rival, President Mahmoud Abbas, including nationwide elections …