World Bulletin/News Desk
Hamas, the movement ruling the Gaza Strip, slammed on Monday Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the head of rival Fatah, for agreeing to return to the negotiating table with Israel.
Restarting direct negotiations with Israel under US sponsorship is "a unilateral, outlying step that doesn't express the Palestinian people's stance," Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, told Anadolu Agency.
He insisted that the negotiations "have great dangers on the Palestinian cause and they only benefit Israel."
Palestinian and Israeli negotiating teams will meet Monday and Tuesday in Washington for the first time since the negotiations broke down in 2010.
The meeting was the result of six Middle East trips and shuttle diplomacy by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
The Palestinians are going to Washington without a clear Israeli commitment to freeze the building of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as a future capital.
Instead, Israel would be applying partial moratorium on construction in certain settlements that don’t include expansion of major settlement blocs in the West Bank.
Israel would also release 104 Palestinian prisoners who have been in jail since before the 1993 Oslo peace deal between the two sides, but their release would be subject to progress made on the final-status negotiations.
The head of the Venezuelan Supreme Court and the chief of the intelligence agency are also blacklisted, diplomatic sources said, making them subject to asset freezes and travel bans.
Army frequently carries out sweeping arrest campaigns in occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem
Icy roads contribute to at least 4 fatalities, fifth death attributed to exposure
Republican leadership eyes Thursday vote on stopgap bill, but passage is uncertain without Democratic support
Border patrol also harasses and uses violence against volunteers, who provide aid, reports say
Pentagon and U.S.-led coalition contradicted with each other on function of PYD/PKK-led SDF forces in Syria
Lee, a naturalized US citizen also known as Zhen Cheng Li, was arrested late Monday after he arrived at JFK International Airport in New York.
Israeli forces first detained al-Tamimi on Dec. 19 during an overnight raid
If France recognizes Palestine as a state, more countries will follow it, says Luxembourg FM
U.S. said Tuesday it was suspending a total of $65 million in aid to Palestine
Reason for crash not yet known, defense minister says
Electoral coalitions in Iraq are often formed based on sectarian and ethnic lines
Al-Aqsa officials are warned not to carry out any renovation work at flashpoint holy site, local official says
Rescue team has not ruled out possibility of locating more bodies
Israeli officials say Gaza economy was “like from zero to below zero”