Palestinian Arena

January 20, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama is seemingly not too optimistic about Mideast peace being reached. (AFP)
11:57 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama said in an interview with New Yorker magazine that he thought that there was a "less than fifty-fifty" chance long-lasting peace will be secured in the Mideast.

January 19, 2014

Mursi's trial based on charges related to the mass jailbreak in 2011 is the only case that has opened thus far. It is due to resume on Jan. 28. [AFP]
18:15 GMT

Ousted Islamist President Mohammad Mursi and 24 others including liberal activists who opposed his rule were ordered to stand trial for insulting the judiciary on Sunday, Reuters cited legal sources as saying.

A Palestinian boy stands next to a donkey killed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, on January 19, 2014.  [AFP]
16:31 GMT

The military wing of a Palestinian faction said Sunday that Israeli violations of a ceasefire with Gaza might lead to the ceasefire's end, the same day Israeli airstrikes injured two in the Strip.

January 18, 2014

Yemeni soldiers stand guard in front of the Iranian ambassador's residence in Sanaa, on January 18, 2014. [AFP]
15:39 GMT

Commercial attaché of Iran Embassy in Yemen, Ali Asadi, who was seriously injured after being shot by unknown gunmen in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, has succumbed to his wounds.

UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova. []
15:19 GMT

The cultural arm of the United Nations has cancelled the opening of a controversial exhibition at its Paris headquarters after coming under pressure from a number of Arab states, according to Israeli media.

January 17, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks to the foreign press during the annual press conference for the New Year on January 16, 2014 in Jerusalem. [AFP]
11:47 GMT

Israel’s foreign minister summoned European ambassadors on Friday over pro-Palestinian “bias” which has harmed peace chances, Agence France-Presse reported his spokesman as saying.

January 12, 2014

Youth from the Palestinian refugee camp of al-Jalazoun, clash with Palestinian police as they block the main road leading to the West Bank city of Ramallah and Bir Zeit as they protest against the reduction of aid to refugees given by United Nation's UNRWA on January 12, 2014. [AFP]
17:25 GMT

Dozens of young Palestinians blocked major roads in Ramallah on Sunday morning in protest against the lack of public services resulting from the ongoing strike by employees of t

January 11, 2014

Recognizing Israel as a Jewish state is the "minimal requirement for peace," Netanyahu told the Saban Forum on Middle East policy in Washington on Dec. 8. [EPA]
15:33 GMT

PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi said defining Israel as a Jewish state would signify that any Jewish person would have the right to return to Palestine, while Palestinians would lose that right.

Riyadh al-Malki has sent letters to the United States, Russia, and UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon requesting to attend the Geneva II conference on January 22.
14:17 GMT

The Palestinian Authority representative to the UN in Geneva Ibrahim Khraishi said on Friday that the PA has applied to participate in an upcoming international summit to find a solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria.

January 10, 2014

Fatah and Hamas are making attempts to reconcile ahead of the elections. (AFP/File)
06:49 GMT

The head of Fatah's reconciliation team has confirmed that he will visit the Gaza Strip to meet with Gazan Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in the upcoming days, as Hamas and Fatah look to reconcile.

January 9, 2014

Palestinian supporters of the Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas’ Fatah party wave flags during a rally marking the 49th anniversary of the movement on January 2, 2014 in the West Bank city of Nablus. (AFP)
07:33 GMT

Fatah, the party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, has reached out an olive branch to rival group Hamas regarding the formation of a national unity government.

January 8, 2014

Goats are seen grazing in a cultivated field near the village of Ein al-Beida in the eastern foothill of the Jordan Valley. This controversial piece of land is set to cause trouble at the peace talks negotiating table. (AFP)
14:06 GMT

Two leading Jordanian officials - the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister - have said that Jordan will play a central role in creating a solution to the Mideast conflict, and that it would ensure its strategic interests would not be compromised in any U.S.-brokered deal.

The strike took place in the Shejaiyah district near Gaza's border with Israel, killing Mohammed al-Ijlah, 32.
10:00 GMT

A man was killed on Wednesday in the Gaza Strip after Israeli tanks fired at the al-Shujaiyeh neighborhood in Gaza City, medical sources said.

Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Meshaal and acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas [Ma'an]
09:25 GMT

The Palestinian Fatah movement officials are set to pay a visit to the Gaza Strip for reconciliation with the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

Abbas recently met with Kerry last week to discuss the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks (File Archive/AFP)
08:57 GMT

President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman Wednesday to discuss the latest peace talk developments.