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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid at the Knesset on June 13, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Lapid says Biden plan to reopen US Palestinian mission in Jerusalem a ‘bad idea’

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Wednesday said Israel believes the U.S. plan to reopen its consulate in Jerusalem to service Palestinians is a “bad idea,” while arguing that the consulate could fracture the fragile...
Israeli Mossad agent Yael Man during her operational years. Source: Archive.

Iconic Mossad agent Yael Man dies at 85

Famed Mossad agent Yael Man, whose contributions to the intelligence agency made her a national Israeli hero, passed away on Sunday at the age of 85. Man served as an undercover agent in Lebanon, gathering...
Joint Arab List head Ayman Odeh speaks to the media at party headquarters on election night in the Arab city of Shfar'am, March 2, 2020. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Report: Joint Arab List leader Ayman Odeh receives funds from PLO

The leader of the Knesset’s Joint Arab List, Ayman Odeh, received payments from a senior Palestinian Authority official, Israel’s Channel 20 reported on Sunday. According to the report, the transfer of cash took place when Odeh visited...
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meets with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on March 9, 2016. Photo by Flash90.

US official, Palestinians speak in first government contact in years

Officials in the Biden administration and the Palestinian Authority held a discussion on Monday in what appears to be the first formal contact between the United States and Palestinians in several years. U.S. Deputy Assistant...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas addresses the U.N. Security Council concerning details of the Mideast peace plan put forth by the United States on Feb. 11, 2020. Credit: Eskinder Debebe/U.N. Photo.

Can the Palestinians adjust to changing times?

They’ll always have the United Nations. Even as the rest of the world abandons their cause, the Palestinians can still count on the world body to be their faithful ally in their century-old struggle...
Palestinian politician Hanan Ashrawi in her office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Jan. 31, 2012. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi resigns

Senior Palestine Liberation Organization official Hanan Ashrawi announced her resignation on Wednesday, saying that Palestinian politics needed a “renewal.” Ashrawi said she had informed Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas last month of her decision to...
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meets with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on March 9, 2016. Photo by Flash90.

Can Biden renew foreign aid to Palestinians while still adhering to Taylor Force Act?

The incoming Biden administration has made clear it intends to renew funding to the Palestinian Authority and reopen the PLO mission in Washington, D.C. In November, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said in an interview,...
PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat speaks during a press conference in the West Bank city of Jericho on Feb. 15, 2017. Photo by Flash90.

What ‘The Forward’ should acknowledge about Erekat

Editor-in-chief Jodi Rudoren’s recent article in The Forward about Saeb Erekat mentions “a single Israeli protester” and a few members of Knesset who objected to Erekat being treated for COVID-19 at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Yet she...
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat at a press conference at the Notre Dam hotel in Jerusalem, on June 25, 2013. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Ex-Nazi hunter calls on Barr to block Erekat from entering US for Harvard post

American attorney and ex-Nazi hunter Neal Sher has called on U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr to deny Palestine Liberation Organization Secretary-General Saeb Erekat entry into the United States to mentor students at Harvard University. In...
U.S. National Security Advisor Robert C. O'Brien, April 2, 2019. Credit: Michael Gross/U.S. State Department.

More Arab and Muslim states likely to normalize relations with Israel, says top US...

U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said on Sunday that more Arab and Muslim states were likely to normalize relations with Israel following the deal with the United Arab Emirates. O’Brien and Trump’s son-in-law and...