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.
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Diplomats said a framework accord was still possible, but that weeks or months would then be needed to agree on the all-important details of how it would be implemented.
Netanyahu's office said following discussions last week, the Israeli Prime Minister was expected to propose the bill against those who commit "terrorist" attacks with national ramifications
Armenia announced that they launched operation in order to transfer dead pilots’ bodies and collect helicopter wreckage.
The militants attacked the fishing town of Doron Baga near the Chad borders
Around 800 far-right extremists protested the construction of a refugee hostel by shouting racist slogans.
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Country’s highest court throws out house arrest appeal by ex-president undergoing treatment for mouth cancer.
Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki said Saudi national Mohamed al-Zahrani arrived in his country from Guantanamo Bay where he was held
Beshr was interrogated for an hour on Saturday, a lawyer said, noting that the senior Brotherhood leader refused to answer questions asked him after he was accused of espionage.
The Herald and Times group, part of the Newsquest publishing arm of U.S.-based firm Gannett, said it will produce a tabloid-style newspaper called The National in a week-long trial run.
The International Committee of the Red Cross is on location in Quibdo to facilitate the release of the hostages.
Al-Kalaldeh said Bani Arshid's arrest was an isolated incident that did not reflect a government drive against the Muslim Brotherhood
Chung Hong-won will meet with his Egyptian counterpart Ibrahim Mahlab to discuss the participation of South Korean companies in building a nuclear power plant in Egypt
South Sudanese Foreign Minister Barnaba Benjamin said Kiir discussed bilateral cooperation in the fields of health, agriculture, youth and culture during his meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi