October 3, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinian Authority has launched a security crackdown after a wave of lawlessness in West Bank cities. Hundreds of masked special forces, dressed in black and armed with machine guns, were dispatched Wednesday to the northern city of Jenin in a show of force, according to its governor, Talal Dweikat. He said the troops were there "to reinforce the work of the local security forces and to help them restore law and order to the city. " Jenin has been plagued by shootings, property destruction and other attacks since Israeli troops last month killed a man during a raid at a refugee camp there.
July 19, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - In a surprise announcement, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Friday night that he would host the top Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Washington as early as next week in a possible renewal of long-stalled peace talks. Kerry's remarks, made after two days of negotiations to persuade both sides to accept his framework for renewing talks, seemed to catch everyone off guard. Neither Israelis nor Palestinians have publicly embraced Kerry's proposal. But U.S. officials said the two sides narrowed their differences Friday afternoon.
June 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In December 2003, badly trailing Howard Dean in polls of the Democratic presidential field, Sen. John F. Kerry mortgaged his house to raise $6.4 million for his struggling campaign. The risky bet paid off the next month when he won the Iowa caucuses. In 2010, he led a fight for legislation to counter climate change that involved 300 meetings or phone calls before the bill died. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he had never seen anyone work harder on a piece of legislation.
June 23, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Sunday, Abbas' spokesman said. Hamdallah, in office for only two weeks, resigned Thursday protesting what he described as infringement on his authority as prime minister by his two deputies, both advisors to Abbas. Abbas attempted over two days to persuade Hamdallah, 54, an independent university president until he was asked to form a government on June 2 to replace outgoing Salam Fayyad, to withdraw his resignation.
June 6, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a new government Thursday headed by a British-educated academic with no political experience. New Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who has served since 1998 as president of An Najah National University in Nablus, replaces Salam Fayyad, who resigned in frustration in April. Though admired by Western nations for his financial acumen and political reforms, Fayyad, a political independent, was never fully embraced by the Palestinian public and was resented by the two main Palestinian factions, Abbas' Fatah party and its rival, the Islamist group Hamas.
June 2, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appointed university dean Rami Hamdulla as the Palestinian Authority's new prime minister Sunday night, replacing Salam Fayyad , who resigned in April , officials said. Hamdullah, who is dean of Al-Najah University in the West Bank, is expected to form a new Palestinian government in the coming weeks. Though he has worked on Palestinian elections, Hamdullah has no previous government service. His appointment is intended to be temporary because Palestinian factions have vowed to form a new unity government by the end of summer in preparation for new national elections.