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Germany’s representative to Ramallah Oliver Owcza with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh. Source: PA. Prime Minister's Office/Twitter.

Germany, Palestinian Authority sign $117 million cooperation agreement

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Germany and the Palestinian Authority have signed a 100 million euro ($117 million) cooperation agreement that will see German investment in areas under P.A. control. The donation will finance “sustainable economic development in over the next...
Palestinian trucks loaded with aggregate, iron and cement enter through the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, on Sept. 1, 2021. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Why is Israel’s government making concessions to the Palestinians?

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In what appears to be a string of concessions to the Palestinians despite continuing rocket fire, violent border riots in the Gaza Strip, and Palestinian incitement and terrorism in Judea and Samaria, the Office...
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz speaks during a press conference at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, April 22, 2021. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Gantz holds security briefing with IDF officials, talks about confronting terror groups

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Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz toured the Israel Defense Forces Central Command on Tuesday and held a situation assessment with senior commanders. According to a statement by Gantz’s office, he was joined by IDF Chief...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett holds a press conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on Aug. 18, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Bennett says he won’t sit down with Mahmoud Abbas, rules out Palestinian state

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Tuesday that for now, he has ruled out a meeting with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and the creation of a Palestinian state. “My perception is different than...
Palestinians demonstrate at the Israeli Hawara checkpoint near the city of Nablus and clash with Israeli security forces in support to the escape of the six Palestinian prisoners from the Israeli prison of Gilboa on Sept. 8, 2021. Photo by Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90.

Could Gilboa Prison escape help spark another intifada?

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The dramatic escape of six Palestinian terrorists from Gilboa Prison in northern Israel on Monday carries the potential of a broader security escalation, a former defense official has cautioned. Col. (res.) David Hacham, a former...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah on May 7, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Hamas ‘should be very worried’ by Israel’s maneuver towards Abbas

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Hamas has good reason to be concerned by the recent meeting between Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, a former senior Israeli defense official told JNS. According to...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett leads a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on July 4, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Israel will reportedly loan Palestinians money after highest-level talks in years

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Israel is going to lend the Palestinian Authority more than $150 million after Defense Minister Benny Gantz met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday in Ramallah, Israeli officials said on Monday. An unnamed source close to...
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz leading a Blue and White party meeting at the Knesset on July 26, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Israeli defense minister meets with Abbas in Ramallah, offers to bolster PA economy

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Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz met with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Sunday evening, in the first official high-level talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders since 2010. Gantz told Abbas that “Israel...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah, Aug. 18, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Palestinian leader Abbas cracks down on critics

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Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has been increasingly intolerant to critics of both him and the security organization he heads, according to Palestinian human-rights advocates, lawyers and political activists. “The continuing crackdown on public freedoms...
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz leads a faction meeting in the Knesset on June 21, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Gantz decries use of Nazi symbols by Palestinian protesters

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Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Monday called on the international community and the Palestinian Authority to condemn the use of Holocaust images by Palestinian protesters. “The use in protests in Judea and Samaria of symbols from the...