United Nations envoy for the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov released a statement yesterday warning that Israel’s “formalisation law” which seeks to retrospectively legalise illegal outposts in the occupied West Bank would be “a step towards the annexation of the West Bank”.
Turkey’s attention has turned back to the Middle East, with the ruling Justice and Development Party coming closer to the Palestinian cause for various historical, political, cultural and religious reasons; it is also hoping to reinforce its role in the region. Over a number of years, Ankara has had good relations with Washington and Tel Aviv, and it played a mediator’s role in a number of regional issues; the indirect negotiations between Syria and Israel in 2008, for example, followed by the tripartite agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme in 2010.
The King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief (KSRelief) has contributed US$ 1 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to help provide urgently needed food assistance to Palestine refugees in Syria. The contribution was detailed in the first cooperation agreement between KSRelief and UNRWA, which was signed in Riyadh on 27 November by UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl and HE Dr. Abdullah al-Rabeeah, Adviser at the Royal Court and General Supervisor of KSRelief.
After three years of open hostility, Egypt appears to be resetting its policy towards the Gaza Strip. Whereas in the recent past the Cairo administration has only opened the Rafah border crossing to deliver Palestinian corpses, the authorities have, in recent weeks, opened it more frequently to allow the passage of people to and from the besieged enclave. But this is not all.
French President Francois Hollande invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet with Chairman of Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas in Paris in two weeks' time, French newspaper Le Figaro reported.
The world’s largest security company, G4S, announced Tuesday evening that it is selling most of its Israeli business after an effective campaign against the company, waged by the Palestinian-led, global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.