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Palestinian officials say Romney undermining peace process | Maan News Agency

By Jihan Abdalla RAMALLAH (Reuters) — Palestinian officials accused US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday of undermining peace prospects by calling Jerusalem “the capital of Israel”, ignoring their own claims to the city and most world opinion. Romney used the term on Sunday to sustained applause from his Israeli audience in the Holy City, during a trip to ...

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OPT: EU pressure for aid change in Area C | IRIN Middle East

As demolition orders continue to threaten the work of humanitarian organizations in Israeli-controlled Area C in the West Bank, the European Union (EU) and humanitarian agencies are pressing to change the rules of the aid game. ... Instead of making the implementation of EU-funded projects in Area C dependent on the Israeli Civil Administration and its requirement to obtain a permit, a new process is now guiding the EU’s approach.

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Israel-Palestinian conflict: A perfect metaphor? | Global Post

An unused waste treatment plant in the Israeli settlement of Ofra in the West Bank has come to symbolize the reality of the Middle East’s most intractable conflict: It’s in the crapper. by Noga Tarnopolsky OFRA — In a metaphor its opponents may relish, the Israeli settlement movement finds itself mired in a sewer. For 30 years, the settlement of ...

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Analysis: Israeli government challenges the law to embrace illegal settler outposts | IRIN Middle East

RAMALLAH/TEL AVIV, 14 May 2012 (IRIN) – Israeli settlers east of the separation barrier in the central West Bank occupy the land most critical for any future final status agreement under a two-state solution. But instead of limiting settlement expansion, critics say the Israeli authorities are setting a dangerous precedent by legalizing new outposts and undermining the law. God gave ...

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Settlers in West Bank outpost build new homes on private Palestinian land | Haaretz

Defense establishment sources admit construction in the outpost is illegal, and that no real steps have been taken to stop it; situation could spark crisis in Netanyahu’s coalition. By Jonathan Lis, Barak Ravid, Amos Harel and Chaim Levinson Some 20 homes that have been built in the Mitzpeh Cramim outpost during the past year could spark a similar coalition crisis ...

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Opposition mounts to Palestinian unity deal as many in Hamas loath to give up Gaza | The Washington Post

RAMALLAH, West Bank — A mounting rebellion by Hamas leaders in Gaza against a breakthrough power-sharing agreement with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas highlights a potentially fatal flaw — the deal never spelled out how the Western-backed leader can take charge again in Gaza, the territory he lost to a violent takeover by the Islamic militants. Former bitter foes Abbas and ...

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Interview: Peace process strategically fails, focus on alternatives: Barghouti

RAMALLAH, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) — For the Palestinians, peace with Israel is facing a strategic failure, which obliges them to search for other alternatives that could be part of a comprehensive plan, Mustafa Barghouti, a prominent Palestinian lawmaker told Xinhua in an exclusive interview on Saturday. Read more here: Interview: Peace process strategically fails, focus on alternatives: Barghouti | Xinhua.

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