World Bulletin / News Desk
Palestinian resistance faction Hamas on Wednesday called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to terminate its ongoing talks with Israel after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his government to halt civilian and economic cooperation with the PA.
"[Hamas] urges the PA not to return to negotiations under any circumstances," Fawzi Barhoum said in a press statement.
He went on to voice hope that Netanyahu's move would provide the "impetus for reviving resistance in the West Bank."
An Israeli government official was quoted by Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post as saying that Netanyahu's decision had come in response to "Palestinian violations."
According to the paper, Israeli government ministers had been asked to refrain from meeting their Palestinian counterparts.
The order does not, however, apply to the Israeli Defense Ministry or to Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who represents Israel's lead negotiator in ongoing U.S.-sponsored peace talks.
The Arab League on Wednesday blamed Israel for the current impasse in ongoing peace talks with the Palestinians.
In a statement issued following a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo, the pan-Arab body said that Israel refused to abide by a two-state solution, which calls for the creation of an independent Palestinian state on the pre-1967 borders.
"It also refuses to release afourth group of Palestinian prisoners," the statement said.
Arab foreign ministers hailed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, calling on Washington to maintain its efforts to kick-start foundering negotiations.
Wednesday's Arab foreign ministers meeting was held at the request of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas.
Arab foreign ministers reiterated their refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, along with unilateral Israeli attempts to change the geography and demography of the Palestinian territories with the aim of imposing new facts on the ground and undermining the two-state solution.
Palestinian-Israeli peace talks stalled last month when Israel refused to release a fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners– despite earlier pledges to do so – as a means of pressuring the PA to extend an April 29 negotiation deadline.
In response, Abbas formally applied for Palestinian membership in several U.N. agencies and conventions.
Lieutenant Colonel Issaac Zida, the operational commander of the elite presidential guard, announced on radio that he was taking power.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby downplayed any disconnect with the White House and said U.S. officials were constantly reviewing Syria options
Kiir will be accompanied on his visit by a number of South Sudanese government ministers and officials.
Announcement follows unprecedented talks between Myanmar’s military, political leaders, major opposition parties
Tension has run high across the occupied West Bank since the Wednesday shooting of an extremist Jewish rabbi in Jerusalem
A perforation made in a subterranean water source during mining activities seemed to have caused the flooding
Al-Ahram said Egyptian authorities asked Moussa Ibrahim to leave the country at the request of the Libyan government of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni
A fire broke out at France's public radio headquarters in Paris, forcing live programmes off the air as staff evacuated the vast Paris complex where major building work has been underway
Rula Ghani, spouse of Afghanistan's new president Ashraf Ghani, have already critised some Islamic norms welcomed by Afghan society.
At least 300 ISIL militants were killed and scores of vehicles captured in clashes
South Sudan has been shaken by violence since last December, when Kiir accused sacked vice president Riek Machar of leading a failed coup attempt against his regime.
Erekat's statement came during a meeting with foreign officials in the West Bank city of Jericho
Catalan head Artur Mas plans to hold the Nov. 9 ballot, marshalled by volunteers, in place of a non-binding referendum on independence declared illegal by the Constitutional Court.
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's comments show how the threat posed by ISIL has pushed some Shi'ites and Sunnis to overcome their sectarian differences and face a common enemy
The fresh violence comes amid rising tension in the holy city after Israel closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound
The absence of the three Muslim leaders means that only the majority Orthodox Christian countries will be represented