July 16, 2009 |
The Palestinian government shut down the West Bank operations of the satellite channel Al Jazeera a day after a guest on the station accused the Palestinian Authority president of involvement in Yasser Arafat's death. The Palestinian Information Ministry accused the news station of incitement and unbalanced reporting and took issue with the broadcast, without providing further details. Aides to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have long alleged that the Qatar-based station, widely watched in the Palestinian territories, favors the Islamic militant group Hamas in the bitter Palestinian power struggle.
April 27, 2009 |
The Obama administration, already on treacherous political ground because of its outreach to traditional adversaries such as Iran and Cuba, has opened the door a crack to engagement with the militant group Hamas. The Palestinian group is designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization and under law may not receive federal aid. But the administration has asked Congress for minor changes in U.S.
January 20, 2009 |
With Israel and Hamas both claiming victory in the Gaza Strip, there is one clear loser: the U.S.-backed Palestinian Authority, which desperately wants a peace accord with Israel and a unified Palestine in Gaza and the West Bank. Israel's 22-day assault on Hamas-ruled Gaza made the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority look ineffective and marginalized, unable to stop the carnage. Popular support for its peace talks with Israel, already declining, now seems weaker than ever.
March 16, 2007 |
Israel declared Thursday that it would not deal with the newly named Palestinian government, saying the proposed coalition showed no sign of recognizing the Jewish state or meeting other international conditions for ending an aid embargo. Israeli officials said the draft platform for the new government, under which the Islamic militant group Hamas will share power with its main rival, Fatah, appeared to maintain the hard-line stance of the current government, which has been run solely by Hamas.
February 16, 2007 |
The Bush administration's latest Middle East peace initiative, which begins this weekend, is taking place under a cloud of uncertainty because of Israeli anxiety about the complexion of a proposed Palestinian unity government. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will lead an American push to bring together Israeli and Palestinian leaders for the first talks in six years about the eventual shape of a longproposed independent Palestinian state. But hopes for the U.S.
June 15, 2006 |
In the latest spasm of chaos, angry Palestinian government employees who haven't been paid in months stormed the parliament building here Wednesday, and skirmishes between rival factions in the Gaza Strip left at least one person dead. Near-daily violence is occurring as part of a volatile power struggle that has been percolating in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since late January, when the militant Hamas movement unseated the Fatah party in legislative elections.