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The Latest | In historic move, a Palestinian state recognized by Spain, Ireland and Norway

May. 22, 2024 17:02 PM EDT

Norway, Ireland and Spain said Wednesday they were recognizing a Palestinian state, a move welcomed by Palestinians as an affirmation of their decadeslong quest while Israel recalled its ambassadors to the three countries. Several countries in the European Union indicated in recent...

Hamas again raises the possibility of a 2-state compromise. Israel and its allies aren't convinced

Apr. 25, 2024 17:59 PM EDT

The Palestinian militant group Hamas has said for more than 15 years that it could accept a two-state compromise with Israel — at least, a temporary one. But Hamas has also refused to say that it would recognize Israel or renounce its armed fight against it. For Israel and many...

US vetoes widely supported resolution backing full UN membership for Palestine

Apr. 18, 2024 20:31 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States vetoed a widely backed U.N. resolution Thursday that would have paved the way for full United Nations membership for Palestine, a goal the Palestinians have long sought and Israel has worked to prevent. The vote in the 15-member Security...

Palestinians want April vote on UN membership despite US saying peace with Israel must come first

Apr. 03, 2024 22:08 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians want the Security Council to vote later this month on their revived request for full membership in the United Nations, despite the United States reiterating Wednesday that Israel and the Palestinians must first negotiate a peace agreement. ...

Palestinians seek full UN membership again, but US is almost certain to block it for a second time

Apr. 02, 2024 22:14 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Supporters of the Palestinians’ request for full membership in the United Nations asked the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to revive their application for admission submitted in 2011. But the United States is again almost certain to block it. The...

The Latest | Israel ends raid on Gaza hospital; Iran says strike kills 2 generals in Syria

Apr. 01, 2024 23:46 PM EDT

The Israeli military has withdrawn from Gaza’s main hospital after a two-week raid, saying it killed some 200 militants in close-quarters fighting and detained hundreds. Palestinians who returned to Shifa Hospital, once the largest medical center in Gaza, said they found its...

Palestinian Authority announces a new Cabinet as it faces calls for reform

Mar. 28, 2024 12:05 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority has announced the formation of a new Cabinet as it faces international pressure to reform. President Mahmoud Abbas, who has led the PA for nearly two decades and remains in overall control, announced the new government in a...

The Latest | Airstrike in the West Bank kills at least 3 Palestinian militants, officials say

Mar. 20, 2024 16:37 PM EDT

An Israeli airstrike has killed at least three Palestinian militants traveling in a car in the northern West Bank near the town of Jenin, according to Israeli and Palestinian officials. The Islamic Jihad militant group claimed the three dead men as members. The airstrike occurred as raids of the...

Incoming Palestinian prime minister lays out plans for reform but faces major obstacles

Mar. 19, 2024 14:29 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The incoming Palestinian prime minister said on Tuesday that he will appoint a technocratic government and establish an independent trust fund to oversee Gaza’s reconstruction. In a mission statement acquired by The Associated Press, Mohammad Mustafa...

Palestinian leader appoints longtime adviser as prime minister in the face of calls for reform

Mar. 15, 2024 05:50 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has appointed his longtime economic adviser to be the next prime minister in the face of U.S. pressure to reform the Palestinian Authority as part of Washington's postwar vision for Gaza. Mohammad Mustafa, a United...