Saeb Erekat - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Saeb Erekat Palestinians hope for settlement curb if peace talks resume AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A senior Palestinian official says he "hopes" Israel will halt settlement construction if U.S.-led peace talks resume, but stopped short of making it a condition. Saeb Erekat spoke Sunday in Jordan after meeting with the foreign ministers of Jordan and Egypt, ahead of a Mideast trip next week by President Donald Trump. Sun, 14 May 2017 17:18:00 GMT 2017-05-14T17:18:00Z Officials: CIA chief meets Palestinian leader in West Bank RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met secretly with the CIA chief in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said Wednesday, as they expressed concern over the Trump administration's suggestion that a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel is optional. Mike Pompeo and Abbas held talks Tuesday at the Palestinian government... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:14:00 GMT 2017-02-15T15:14:00Z Israeli rights groups move to strike down settlement law JERUSALEM (AP) — A pair of Israeli rights groups on Wednesday asked the country's Supreme Court to overturn a new law legalizing dozens of settler outposts in the West Bank, opening what is expected to be a lengthy legal battle over the contentious legislation. The legal challenges added new uncertainty to the law, which has drawn fierce international con... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 19:46:00 GMT 2017-02-08T19:46:00Z Israeli allies condemn settlement law as lawsuits loom JERUSALEM (AP) — A new Israeli law legalizing dozens of unlawfully built West Bank settlement outposts came under heavy criticism on Tuesday from some of Israel's closest allies, as local rights groups prepared to ask the Supreme Court to overturn the measure. Amid the uproar, the Trump administration remained quiet about the law — paving the way for furt... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT 2017-02-08T00:00:00Z With Trump's swearing-in, Israel pushes ahead on settlements JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel announced plans Tuesday to build 2,500 more settler homes on the West Bank, moving to step up construction just days after the swearing-in of Donald Trump brought to power a U.S. administration seen as friendly to the settlement movement. "We are building — and we will continue to build," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu w... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 21:34:00 GMT 2017-01-24T21:34:00Z The Latest: Envoy warns Trump govt: Don't move embassy PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a Paris conference on Mideast peace (all times local): 8:35 p.m. The chief Palestinian representative to France says moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv would violate international law and adds that he does not think Donald Trump's new administration will make such a decision. ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:17:00 GMT 2017-01-15T20:17:00Z Vote on Israel could spur further action _ or trouble for UN UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. green light that allowed the U.N. Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem could spur moves toward new terms to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But it also poses dangers for the United Nations with the incoming Trump administration and may harden Israel's attitude toward concessions. ... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 07:28:00 GMT 2016-12-24T07:28:00Z UN condemns Israeli settlements as Obama declines to veto UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a striking rupture with past practice, the United States allowed the U.N. Security Council on Friday to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as a "flagrant violation" of international law. In doing so, the outgoing Obama administration brushed aside Donald Trump's demands that the U.S. exercise its veto and provided a clima... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 00:02:00 GMT 2016-12-24T00:02:00Z Trump's pick for Israel envoy signals break on US policy WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's selection of a hard-line pro-Israel advocate as his U.S. ambassador to the Jewish state could signal the end of decades of American support for the establishment of an independent Palestine. The president-elect's transition team already has asked the State Department to assess how to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, acc... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 19:28:00 GMT 2016-12-16T19:28:00Z