Monthly Archives: February 2014

King Abdullah: Jordan is Jordan, and Palestine is Palestine

By | 2014-02-28T23:41:55+00:00 February 28th, 2014|News|

Jordan’s King Abdullah II rejected on Sunday the notion that his country was an "alternative homeland" for Palestinian Arabs, the state news agency Petra reports.   “Jordan is Jordan and Palestine is Palestine and nothing but that, not in the past or the future," King Abdullah was quoted as having said in a meeting with

Egyptian PM confirms govt resignation

By | 2014-02-24T11:43:57+00:00 February 24th, 2014|News|

Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi confirmed that the government has resigned on Monday, according to Reuters news agency.    “Today the cabinet took a decision to offer its resignation to the president of the republic,” Beblawi said in a televised statement, without giving a clear reason for the decision.   Beblawi was appointed after the

Al-Aqsa is a ‘Red Line’, Warns Sheikh

By | 2014-02-24T01:08:25+00:00 February 24th, 2014|News|

Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, the Imam of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, warned Israel on Friday against “harming” the mosque.   Sabri, head of the Supreme Muslim Council, declared in a conversation with a Gaza-based news agency that Al-Aqsa was a “red line” for Arabs, adding, “We will not give up even one grain of earth

Iran, UK Formally Resume Diplomatic Ties

By | 2014-02-24T00:15:32+00:00 February 24th, 2014|News|

The UK has formally resumed ties with Iran, AFP reported Thursday, after three years of diplomatic silence.    "The UK has agreed with Iran that from today bilateral relations will be conducted directly through non-resident charge d'affaires and officials," a Foreign Office spokesman told AFP. "We will no longer have formal protecting power arrangements in

Top Fatah Official Supports Hamas Kidnapping Israeli Soldiers

By | 2014-02-23T19:59:37+00:00 February 23rd, 2014|News|

Jibril Rajoub, one of the top officials in the Palestinian Authority's (PA) ruling Fatah party, openly supports Hamas's efforts to kidnap Israeli soldiers, Palestinian Media Watch reported Thursday.    "If Hamas wants to kidnap Israeli soldiers, they should go ahead and kidnap Israeli soldiers," Rajoub stated earlier this month in a live PA television broadcast.

Syrian Jihadists Tell Women: Cover Your Faces or Else

By | 2014-02-23T14:59:42+00:00 February 23rd, 2014|Islam|

Islamist rebels in eastern Syria have ordered women to put on the Islamic veil, warning that anyone not doing so would be held to account, Reuters reports.   According to the report, an organization calling itself the Islamic Law Council of Deir al-Zor said in a statement released Wednesday that women have until Saturday to

Fatah Insists: Interim Agreement Only On Our Terms

By | 2014-02-23T14:39:59+00:00 February 23rd, 2014|News|

The Palestinian Authority (PA) declared Thursday that it would gladly accept the US framework for peace with Israel -- but only if it was outlined on the PA's own terms.    "[The PA] will not agree to any agreement, whether it is a framework agreement or a permanent arrangement, if they do not include the

Jordan, Israel Strike Natural Gas Deal

By | 2014-02-21T22:12:12+00:00 February 21st, 2014|News|

Jordan is turning to Israel for its natural gas supplies, according to Al-Ahram, after Egyptian pipelines have become unreliable.    Noble Energy, the United States based company that runs the Tamar natural gas field off the coast of Israel, signed a $771 million deal with Jordanian gas suppliers on Wednesday. The Arab Potash company and

Hamas: US Framework a ‘Conspiracy’ Against Palestinian Arabs

By | 2014-02-21T21:46:16+00:00 February 21st, 2014|News|

Hamas's propaganda campaign against ongoing peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) continued Thursday, after the government insisted that the talks are a "conspiracy" against the Palestinian Arab people.    Taher Al-Nunu, Hamas's PR consultant, stated vehemently Thursday that the US's framework for an agreement between the two sides in talks "would not