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Israeli officials are saying that Trump and his administration have not yet decided who is the obstacle to the negotiations – Israel or the PA.
Senior Palestinian Authority officials say Kushner deserves the credit for the PA-Hamas reconciliation
Hamas responded that "Greenblatt's statement and the demand for a Palestinian unity government to recognize Israel and renounce violence came under pressure from the right-wing government in Israel."
Sooner or later, this shiny package of a reconciliation is bound to fall apart, since it makes no sense.
"Ayman Odeh is a terrorist in a suit. What he has managed to conceal for two years of smiling – he revealed in one phone call with Haniyeh."
'For too long, Hamas has exploited the people of Gaza as hostages and shields, bullying them into submission.'
Both the Hamas in Gaza and the PLO in Judea and Samaria have not held parliamentary elections in more than a decade, and it remains to be seen who would win such an election – should the PA government call one.
It's not Islam. Really?
Abbas will not agree to a model similar to that of Hezbollah in Lebanon, and will demand barring external forces (i.e. Qatar) from involvement in the administration of the Gaza Strip.
A source in Ramallah noted that Abbas' internal political rivals, headed by Muhammad Dahlan, are much more likely to find themselves under an Interpol extradition order than Israeli officials.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms today’s horrific attack in Har Adar. “We also condemn statements glorifying terrorism."
The level of satisfaction with the performance of Abbas stands at 31% and dissatisfaction at 65%.
"In recent months there has been a major deterioration in my situation," Erekat said. "I need oxygen and have difficulty walking, and every day I expect two lungs to be implanted."
The Russian top diplomat reminded his audience of the PLO's failure to embrace Israeli generous offers in Camp David and Annapolis in the US.
A senior White House official performed a familiar juggling act saying the administration was optimistic about the peace process in general, but no one expects a breakthrough or even tangible progress this week.
The Israeli plan, formulated under American pressure, is to help the Trump administration put pressure on Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to moderate his speech at the UN General Assembly.
The move also represents Hamas' aspiration to get a seat at the table should President Donald Trump's efforts at restoring the "peace process" with Israel succeed.
Referring to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Smotrich said: 'Never will there be an Arab state between the sea and the Jordan.'
"Mahmoud Abbas will be 92 a decade from now. Israel will not intervene in his replacement, but we will certainly expect changes."
Yahyah told Maurer that any swap deal between Hamas and Israel should “guarantee the release of Palestinian prisoners.”
Even though almost 55% of respondents believe the peace process should be resumed, some 80% believe it is dead.
Mahmoud Abbas "believes the palace should be used for public benefit by turning it into a huge national library."
Seeing as Abbas' Fatah is simply unable to carry out those eloquent suggestions of Trump's envoy, perhaps the US would be willing to send ground forces to forcibly reinstate the PA as the legitimate government of the Strip.
The Americans asked the PA leadership to "keep a low profile" and not initiate new moves at the UN, so that the Administration could advance President Trump's peace plan.