In Brief: We turned down $15bn aid because we wouldn’t disarm, says Hamas

The head of Hamas has admitted it refused a recent offer of $15bn in aid for Gaza because it was conditioned on the terror group giving up its arms. Ismail Haniyeh said that the proposed aid package also contained a pledge that Israel and Egypt would lift their blockade of Gaza, which was imposed when[…]

In Brief: Shin Bet uncovers Iran-backed terror cell in West Bank

Israel’s security forces announced this week they had foiled a West Bank terror plot backed by Iran and Hezbollah. Shin Bet said it had uncovered a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine cell which planned to carry out attacks on Israeli civilians and soldiers. “The investigation revealed intelligence regarding the deep involvement of Iran and[…]

Analysis: Simulation highlights annexation danger

An influential Israeli think tank has published the results of a “war game” simulating the dangers of Benjamin Netanyahu attempting to annex parts of the West Bank. The report from the Institute for National Security Studies identifies a series of resulting “explosive events”, rising violence affecting Israelis and Palestinians, and huge security and diplomatic dangers for[…]

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[…]

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[…]