Monday, 10 December 2012

PA allows Hamas to hold an anniversary rally in the West Bank

On Monday 10th December, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he will launch a new initiative to resume negotiations with Israel that include the demand to release prisoners and a call to cease settlement construction.

According to The Jerusalem Post newspaper, President Abbas said that only a full six-month settlement freeze, including Jewish building in east Jerusalem, could push ahead negotiations.

He also added, "We want to discuss a mechanism that would lead to an Israeli withdrawal from the Palestinian and Arab territories, including Jerusalem, the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails and halting settlement construction."

"If this happens, there could be feasible negotiations. Also, we could return from point zero," said Abba. more

Israeli authorities 'to demolish West Bank road'

SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Monday notified Palestinian farmers in a northern West Bank village that a road connecting them to their fields will be demolished, locals told Ma'an.

Residents of Qarawat Bani Hassan, near Salfit, said Israeli planning officers told them the al-Hurriya (Freedom) road will be demolished in two weeks.

Farmers were told to avoid agricultural work in the area. more

Witnesses: Israeli army vehicles breach Gaza border

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Witnesses said Israeli military vehicles crossed the border into the Gaza Strip near Khan Younis on Monday morning.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said forces were carrying out "routine activity" in the area.

Eyewitnesses told Ma'an the vehicles came several hundred meters into Gaza territory and were scanning the area.

Israel's recent 8-day war on Gaza ended with a ceasefire on Nov. 21, which included a pledge to end incursions into Gaza's territory. more