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Jared Kushner Unveils $50 Billion Palestinian ‘Peace to Prosperity’ Plan

The Trump administration’s $50 billion Middle East economic plan calls for creation of a global investment fund to lift the Palestinian and neighboring Arab state economies, and construction of a $5 billion transportation corridor to connect the West Bank and Gaza, according to U.S. officials and documents reviewed by Reuters.

Jared Kushner is seen at the Royal Court after US President Donald Trump received the Order of Abdulaziz al-Saud medal in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Palestinian Authority’s Secret Pay Hikes Enrage Public

TEL AVIV – The Palestinian street is fuming over news that the Palestinian Authority secretly signed off on massive salary hikes and other perks for government ministers at a time when the Palestinian labor market was going through major cutbacks amid an economic crisis. 

Palestinians to cut civil servant salaries after Israeli tax freeze

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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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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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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BDS Fail: Airbnb Nixes Ban on Jewish West Bank Listings

TEL AVIV – With post-election fever grabbing all the headlines, the sensational story of Airbnb’s total capitulation to demands that it reverse its policy banning Jewish listings in the West Bank has almost slipped under the radar. 

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Netanyahu: There Will Be No Palestinian State

TEL AVIV – The U.S. is fully aware of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s flat rejection of the creation of a Palestinian state along with his plans to annex West Bank settlements, the Israeli premier said on Monday.

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Netanyahu Vows to Annex West Bank Settlements

TEL AVIV – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed over the weekend to annex West Bank settlements if he is reelected in Tuesday’s elections. The incumbent prime minister also said he had told President Donald Trump that would not evacuate “a single person” from the 400,000 or so Jews residing in the West Bank. 

Israeli watchdog finds online manipulation ahead of vote

Netanyahu: Opponents Pushing ‘Contrived Slander’ About Submarine Deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday called allegations of impropriety on his part in Israel’s submarine deals with Germany “contrived slander.” “I didn’t get a shekel from the submarine deal,” the premier told local authority leaders in the West Bank settlement of Shiloh.

A file picture taken on January 12, 2016 shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivering a speech during a ceremony for the arrival of the German-made INS Rahav, the fifth Israeli Navy submarine, at the Israeli military port of Haifa. Germany has delayed signing a deal with Israel advancing the …

Abbas Appoints New Palestinian Authority Prime Minister

TEL AVIV – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced the appointment of Mohammad Shtayyeh as prime minister on Sunday, in a move that deepened the rift between the ruling Fatah faction and its rival group, the Gaza-ruling terror group Hamas.

Palestinians to cut civil servant salaries after Israeli tax freeze