Eleven Palestinians were killed as heavy gun battles broke out between Israeli forces and gunmen Wednesday in Nablus after the military entered the northern West Bank city to arrest a number of terror suspects.
The United Nations Security Council issued a non-binding presidential statement on Monday condemning Israeli housing plans in Judea and Samaria.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has announced he will be seeking full membership in the United Nations for the State of Palestine this week, UPI reports. Although recognized by many countries as a state, Palestine is not recognized by Israel and has only non-member Observer status in the United Nations.
Israel is experiencing a wave of terrorist attacks focused on Jerusalem. Many of these attacks are being carried out by young boys, many armed with handguns.
The director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency expressed his concern last week that the current period of tensions between Israel and the Palestinians is beginning to resemble the violence of the Second Intifada.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday announced $50 million in new funding for a UN agency that is dedicated solely to the descendants of Palestinian refugees and which has been widely denounced for propagating antisemitism, eliciting rebuke from a top Senate Republican.
Large-scale Israeli military operations in Judea and Samaria, commonly known as the West Bank, may become necessary this year following an escalation in Palestinian terrorism in recent days, a former defense official says.
Israeli forces on Thursday killed nine Palestinians — including at least seven militants and a 61-year-old woman — in the deadliest single incident in the occupied West Bank in two decades, Palestinian officials said. Two rockets were fired from Gaza early Friday and Israel responded with airstrikes on the territory, further escalating tensions.
At least two people were killed and seven injured after “a stateless Palestinian” attacked several passengers on a train in northern Germany before police detained him, German authorities said Wednesday.
A group of more than 90 countries — the majority of them Arab, but also including European, Asian, and South American nations — signed an open letter on Monday, demanding that Israel lift sanctions recently introduced against the Palestinian Authority.
Last week, the United Nations Security Council met in an emergency session following the visit of a prominent minister in Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. Israeli leaders claim the emergency meeting was another attempt launched by Palestinians to blame Israel for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israeli-Palestinian tensions rose further Monday after Israel’s new National Security Minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, instructed police to remove Palestinian flags from public spaces.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday stressed US opposition to policies that undermine efforts to reach a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, during his first call with new Foreign Minister Eli Cohen.