An escalating cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians has raised fears of a wider uprising, or intifada. Palestinian youths have grown frustrated with Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and the complete breakdown of peace efforts. The Palestinian economy has also suffered, not only in Gaza which is under Israeli blockade but also in the West Bank, which has struggled with a lack of private investment in addition to the effects of the occupation.
22 October, 2015 UN chief 'not optimistic' about Israeli-Palestinian crisis UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Wednesday that he was "not optimistic" following his talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to urge them to defuse tensions, diplomats said. The UN chief traveled to the region on Tuesday to urge the Israelis and […]
30 June, 2016 Mideast Quartet gives Israel, Palestinians 'wakeup call' A much-awaited report by the Middle East diplomatic quartet should serve as a "wakeup call" to Israel to halt the expansion of settlements and to the Palestinians to renounce violence, the UN envoy said Thursday. Nickolay Mladenov said ongoing Israeli construction in the West Bank was […]
9 March, 2016 France aims to relaunch Israel-Palestinian peace process ‘by summer’ French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Wednesday launched efforts to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process by this summer, while ruling out "automatic" recognition of Palestinian statehood. Paris will not "automatically" recognise a Palestinian state if a French initiative […]
6 October, 2015 Israel, Palestinians play down talk of third intifada By Luke Baker and Richard Mably JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The entrances to Jerusalem's walled Old City are sealed off by Israeli police and the streets of East Jerusalem are littered with barricades, burning trash and the detritus of battles between stone-throwing Palestinians and Israeli […]