RAMALLAH (Reuters) – In a potential blow to President Mahmoud Abbas, a Palestinian appeals court ruled on Wednesday in favor of maintaining parliamentary immunity for his rival Mohammed Dahlan, who has been charged with corruption.
The closing celebration for a Palestinian Authority summer camp featured children wearing military uniforms and posing with automatic weapons, according to images aired on Palestinian television in June and republished by an Israeli watchdog group on Monday.
The leader of a secret wing within Hamas said that the Palestinian unity government and its leader Mahmoud Abbas are “part of the siege on the Gaza Strip” and “part of the stumbling blocks on the way to its rehabilitation,” the Times of Israel reports.
JERUSALEM—In the next war with Hezbollah, the Lebanese-based militia will likely attempt sending large ground forces across the border to seize villages inside Israel, according to the outgoing head of Israel’s Military Intelligence research division, Brig. Gen. Itai Brun.
JERUSALEM—Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “a neighborhood bully” whose constant criticism of Israel fanned the flames of anti-Semitism in the Middle East and Europe.
JERUSALEM—French President Francois Hollande did not want Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come to Paris Sunday to participate in the march against terror so as not to divert attention from the theme of national unity the million-person event was intended to symbolize, according to Israeli media reports.
Palestinian terror attacks and West Bank leaders’ perceived support for violence are drawing new calls for cutting U.S. aid to the Palestinians, and groups that have traditionally supported financial assistance may not intervene to stop the cuts.
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has proved that he cannot be trusted as a partner for peace with Israel and that he may pose a larger threat to Israel than Hamas, according to former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren.