In Brief: Abbas says ready to talk peace as PA holds press conference with Hamas

Mahmoud Abbas said this week that the Palestinian Authority is ready to enter peace talks with Israel. The president’s comments came during a call with Vladimir Putin and follow a rare joint press conference between the PA and Hamas last week. Abbas told the Russian president that the Palestinians believe any negotiations should be based on “international[…]

In Brief: Israel introduces new measures to battle covid as cases soar

Israel this week introduced a series of measures to combat the coronavirus as cases in the country soar. On Thursday morning, the Health Ministry confirmed 1,231 new coronavirus cases in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 33,947. Two additional people have died, bringing the death toll to 346. After being[…]

In Brief: US Congress gives big boost to Israeli-Palestinian Peace fund

A key committee in the US Congress has voted to include in its budget legislation to introduce an international fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace. The campaign for the $250m fund, which would support people-to-people work between Israelis and Palestinians, has been led by the Alliance for Middle East Peace. In the UK, it has been spearheaded[…]

The best way to oppose Netanyahu is to redouble our efforts on behalf of a two-state solution, says LFI chair Steve McCabe MP

LFI chair Steve McCabe has written in the Jewish Chronicle to oppose any annexation and and setting out five tests for a measured and effective response from the UK. Click here to read the original.  As we approach a possible July announcement, a decision by the Israeli government to begin annexing parts of the West[…]

Analysis: Netanyahu’s annexation drive stalls

Benjamin Netanyahu’s drive to begin annexing parts of the West Bank appears to have stalled amid opposition from his Blue and White coalition partners, the Palestinians and the Arab world, and confusion in the White House. The “unity government” agreement signed in April – which allows Netanyahu to remain in power until next autumn – also[…]

Labour parliamentarians urge Palestinian economic support package

A group of Labour parliamentarians have written to the foreign secretary urging a “comprehensive, internationally backed, programme of assistance to help stabilise the Palestinian economy” They also urge “medical and humanitarian assistance to help ensure that efforts by Palestinians and Israelis to contain the spread of the virus, in the West Bank, are maintained as restrictions[…]