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December 9, 2013

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting on December 8, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. [Getty Images]
04:00 GMT

During a webcast video speech to the 10th annual Saban Forum on Middle East policy in Washington, Netanyahu said that Palestinians needed to "come to grips" with the idea of Israel as a Jewish nation state in order for peace negotiations to succeed.

December 6, 2013

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the former South African President Nelson Mandela pose at Mandela's house inJohannesburg 01 April 2006.Abbas said he considered Mandela as the father of all liberation movements. [Getty Images]
08:44 GMT

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas paid tribute Friday to Nelson Mandela's commitment to his people's cause as he mourned the South African liberation icon.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds a meeting with US Secretary Of State John Kerry on December 5, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.
08:04 GMT

Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said Thursday peace talks with Israel were “difficult and complicated,” after a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

December 4, 2013

Palestinians watch an Israeli excavator destroying a Palestinian house in a village in the West Bank. (Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty images)
09:01 GMT

According to a report from the Israeli media, the government is planning to transfer 20,000 dunams (just over 20 km²) of occupied land in Area C in the West Bank to the PA for use in commercial projects.

Arafat’s body was exhumed in order for medical examiners to take samples of his remains to test for polonium. [davidicke]
05:08 GMT

While Arafat's wife is still in disbelief, French experts claim to have found "natural causes" as the reason behind Yasser Arafat's death.

December 3, 2013

Arafat died in 2004 of a "sudden illness" while under an Israeli siege in Ramallah (File Archive)
12:15 GMT

A Palestinian investigator told reporters Tuesday that he would soon release the names of those he believed were responsible for former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's death.

Some 500 Palestinian security officers have descended on the West Bank to bring stability to Nablus and its surrounding areas. (AFP)
05:27 GMT

500 officers from the Palestinian national security service have descended on the northern West Bank in a bid to bring calm and stability to Nablus following a series of recent violent clashes.

December 1, 2013

Palestinians wait at the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on September 18, 2013 for a brief opening for special cases after the Egyptian authorities closed the crossing 'indefinitely' the day before for security reasons. [Mohammad Abed/AFP]
18:11 GMT

Palestinian Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments, Mahmud al-Habbash, unveiled on Saturday the details of an Egyptian-Palestinian agreement to open Rafah crossing twice a month in order to facilitate the passage of Gazans on pilgrimage to Mecca.

A Palestinian child raises up a paper ship reading 'No siege' during a rally to protest against the Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip on November 30, 2013 at Gaza City harbour. [Mahmud Hams/AFP]
15:55 GMT

Amid a dire fuel and power shortage in the Gaza Strip, Amnesty International has called on the Israeli regime to immediately end the blockade it has imposed on the enclave.

Israeli forces patrol the West Bank territory and allegedly killed the three militants after they opened fire on the troops (AFP)
09:17 GMT

Al Qaeda linked personnel told Reuters Sunday that the three militants who were killed in the West Bank by Israeli forces were former members.

November 27, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Palestinian authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on November 6, 2013. [AFP/Fadi Arouri]
14:02 GMT

Most Palestinians believe the renewal of peace talks with Israel was a mistake and over two thirds think the negotiations will fail, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Mourners carry the bodies of Palestinian militants Khaled al-Najjar  and Mussa Fanasheh during their funeral procession on November 27, 2013 in the West Bank village of Yatta, near Hebron. [AFP/Hazem Bader]
12:57 GMT

Israeli security forces killed three Palestinian militants late on November 26 after attempting to arrest them in the village of Yatta, the Shin Bet internal security service and army said.

November 26, 2013

“Solving the conflict with the Palestinians would enable a united front with Arab countries against Iran,” Justice Minister says. [AFP]
16:20 GMT

Justice minister tells Knesset panel that Iran deal and Palestinian talks are connected issues — with the same six-month deadline

Due to Syrian President Bashar Assad's tactics of starving out the Damascus suburbs under rebel control, there is a growing humanitarian crisis in the Yarmouk refugee camp. (AFP/File)
05:20 GMT

Several Palestinian factions inside Syria are scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss the escalating humanitarian crisis ongoing in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus.

November 24, 2013

The family of Mohammed Adnan, a suspect in the bombing of the Iranian embassy in Beirut, have disavowed the alleged suicide bomber along with the Palestinian leadership. Here, his grandfather reacts in front of the building where his family lives (AFP)
15:57 GMT

The family of Adnan Mohammed, a suspect in the bombing of the Iranian embassy in Beirut, have disavowed the alleged suicide bomber along with the Palestinian leadership.