The armed conflict in Palestine, born out of weeks of tensions which followed the kidnapping and the subsequent murder of three Israeli teenagers and the killing of a Palestinian teen apparently done as an act of vengeance, continues to escalate, despite the repeated urgings by the UN and the US to cease hostilities. After airstrikes and bombardments from sea failed to stop the repeated rocket attacks by Palestinian militants, Israeli ground forces launched a major offensive which already resulted in significant civilian casualties.
The plan to relocate the Palestinian state from the West Bank to the Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, proposed by the Israeli Minister Ayoob Kara, was dismissed as "foolish" by Saeb Erekat, the secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), on Wednesday.
The Palestinian leadership has not received a notification from the United States on the rejection of the two-state solution principle and believes that it is still relevant, Husam Zomlot, Strategic Affairs Adviser to the Palestinian president, told Sputnik.
Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit condemned on Tuesday Israel for adopting a law legalizing dozens of Israeli outposts built on private Palestinian land, the organization said in a statement.
Palestine at the upcoming conference in Paris will promote the two-state solution as the main means of settling the conflict with Israel, and will try to convince other attendees of its necessity, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) secretary-general Saeb Erekat said Friday.
The Israeli prime minister criticized the upcoming peace process conference slated for Sunday.
French President Francois Hollande warned that Donald Trump's presidency could hamper Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev expressed hope on Friday that the new US administration will play a more active role in the advancement of the Israel-Palestine peace process.
The Palestinian president expressed readiness to hold direct dialogue with Israel.
Moscow will continue facilitating Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation and counts on Donald Trump in this process, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
Israeli forces injured four Palestinian students and detained two others, during the clashes that erupted after a march commemorating the 12th anniversary of the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
The Palestinian ambassador to Russia told Sputnik he hoped Donald Trump would "make some difference" in the Palestinian-Israeli issue.
Israel has thwarted Palestinian attempt to join the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) due to joint efforts of country's state bodies, Israeli Foreign Ministry and Police said in a statement of Tuesday.
Russia continues to mediate the first Israeli-Palestinian summit in Moscow, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Friday.
Tobias Ellwood stressed that settlements were illegal under international law and such initiatives complicated the issue of the disputed territory.
A Palestinian missile launched from the northern Gaza Strip hit on Wednesday the Israeli city of Sderot, prompting the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to open retaliatory fire, The Times of Israel reported.
Arab members of the Knesset protested Washington's position because the US' words do not meet the actions, a deputy speaker said. He said Russia should play a more significant role in the resolution of the crisis.
Replacing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a one-state variant would create a lot of problems both for the Palestinians and the Israeli citizens, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday.
The Israel Defense Forces shot down a drone launched by the Hamas movement over the Gaza Strip.
Israeli servicemen on Tuesday killed a Palestinian, after he tried to attack them with a knife near the city of Hebron, The Times of Israel reported.
An Israeli soldier was stabbed on Saturday near the Tel Rumeda neighborhood in the West Bank city of Hebron by a Palestinian attacker, The Jerusalem Post reported.
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