Israel asked Trump to intervene to avert UN vote on settlements -Israeli official

Israel asked President-elect Donald Trump to apply pressure to avert UN approval of a resolution demanding an end to settlement building after it learned the Obama administration intended to allow the measure to pass, a senior Israeli official told Reuters on Thursday. Israeli officials contacted Trump’s transition team at a “high level” after failing to persuade US officials to veto the Security Council draft resolution and asked him to intervene, the official said. Two Western officials said that President Barack Obama had intended to abstain from the vote. Trump then sent a tweet urging a US veto and spoke by phone to Egypt’s president, who abruptly ordered his country’s delegation to postpone the vote scheduled for Thursday on the resolution […]

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Now in Turkey, young Syrian Twitter star dreams of return to Aleppo

Bana Alabed, the young Syrian girl who drew global attention with her tweets from Aleppo before being evacuated to Turkey this week, says she hopes to go back to her hometown one day and fulfil a dream. “When I grow up I want to become a teacher and go back to Aleppo and teach the children ofAleppo,” Bana told Reuters in an interview in Ankara on Thursday. The seven-year-old and her family were led safely from the rebel-held eastern part of Aleppo this week and later arrived in Turkey where they met President Tayyip Erdogan at his palace in Ankara on Wednesday. Turkey has supported rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. With the help of her mother Fatemah, who manages the @AlabedBana account, Bana has shared […]

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Syrian army announces victory in Aleppo

The Syrian army said it had retaken complete control of Aleppo on Thursday after the last opposition fighters were evacuated from the battered city, handing President Bashar al-Assad his biggest victory of the nearly six-year-old war. The military said it had brought “the return of safety and security to the city of Aleppo”, ending four years of opposition resistance in the northern Syrian city. “This victory constitutes an important turning point,” an army statement said. The recapture of Aleppo is Assad’s most important gain so far in a war that has claimed 300,000 lives. But the fighting is not over with large parts of the country still controlled by insurgent and Islamist groups. Assad said retaking Aleppo was a victory shared with his Russian and Iranian allies. […]

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What about the Golan Heights?

We have finally encountered the 35th anniversary of the Israeli Knesset’s annexation of the Golan Heights, which took place on 14 December 1981. There is also been the issue following the inclinations of Zionist leaders, who believe that with the current situation in Syria, the international community might finally recognise Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights. The former secretary of Benjamin Netanyahu, Zvi Hauser, is the most prominent advocate of this outcome. Hauser wrote an article a few days ago titled “From Annexation to Recognition” in which he wrote that in light of the recent US elections, the Israelis might receive a “financial deposit” that would ensure the maintenance of Israel’s control over the Golan Heights. Hauser also wrote that […]

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Israel demolishes Bedouin village for 107th time

Israeli forces today demolished the unrecognised Bedouin village for Al-Araqeeb in the Negev for the 107th time. According to locals, Israeli bulldozers demolished the village. A yard and a tree belonging to the Bin Hmeid family in the Wadi Al-Niam village and an outdoor toilet were also demolished, locals told Ma’an. Israeli forces last demolished the village less than a month ago. Read More: Israel demolishes Bedouin village for 105th time Israel demolishes Arab village in Negev for 100th time Israel demolishes Arab village in Negev for 87th time Negev village demolished by Israel for the 85th time Israeli occupation destroys Arab village in Negev for 66th time Bedouin village destroyed by Israelis for 61st time Israeli forces destroy Palestinian […]

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Egypt delays UN vote on settlements

Egypt postponed a UN Security Council vote due to take place today on a resolution it proposed demanding an end to Israeli settlement building, diplomats said, after Israel’s prime minister and US President-elect Donald Trump urged Washington to veto it. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi told Egypt’s UN mission to postpone the vote, which would have forced US President Barack Obama to decide whether to shield Israel with a veto or, by abstaining, to register criticism of the building on occupied land that the Palestinians want for a state, diplomats said. In a sign that they feared Obama might abandon the United States’ long-standing diplomatic protection for Israel at the United Nations, Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged […]

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Egyptian electricity lines feeding southern Gaza Strip damaged

Egyptian power lines feeding the besieged Gaza Strip were damaged due to complications at the power plant in Arish city in the North Sinai are, Gaza’s power company said in a statement yesterday. The damage in the Egyptian lines cut the electricity for more than 16 hours a day in the southern part of Gaza, according to the statement. Egypt supplies more than 20 megawatts of electricity to the Gaza Strip through three power lines. Even at full capacity, Egyptian and Israeli electricity grids, together with Gaza’s sole power plant, fail to cover the Gaza Strip’s energy needs and only provide energy to Gaza’s inhabitants for eight hours each day. The Israeli blockade has also impeded the capacity to repair […]

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Israel orders separation of Palestinian family to avoid eviction by settler group

Following a contentious court battle between a Palestinian family in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem and Israeli settler organisation Ateret Cohanim, the Israeli Supreme Court yesterday evening ruled that the couple would be permitted to reside in their home for ten years without their children until it is transferred to the ownership of the settler organisation. According to a statement released by Mustafa Sub Laban and his wife Nora Gheith, the decision came after they appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court against a previous decision to evict the family immediately, adding that the most recent decision “partly accepted the appeal” and will allow the couple to stay in the home for ten more years. However, their children, daughter […]

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