» 01/07/2005, 00.00
Palestinians vote amidst hopes and uncertainties
Sunday, January 9, Palestinians will cast a ballot to choose Arafat's successor. Expected winner Mahmoud Abbas tones down anti-Israel rhetoric and pledges a "ceasefire" after the elections.
10/01/2005 PALESTINE ISRAEL HOLY LAND
Abbas's win, an invitation and challenge to Israel
People voted for him "because the US and Israel want him, and we hope they can start to negotiate an end to the occupation. Catholics hope for full freedom and equality between Muslims and Christians. The return of the lock to the Basilica of the Nativity is a sign of good will towards the Catholic Church.
Majority of Palestinians opposes anti-Israeli violence
Voters go to the poll to elect local officials for the first time in 30 years
About 1,000 candidates are running for 300 municipal seats in West Bank villages and towns. It will be the first electoral test before the January 9 presidential elections. Surveys put Fatah at 42 per cent.
31/10/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Jerusalem: as the Temple Mount is reopened (with restrictions), tension remains high
Men under 50 still banned from the area. For Abbas, Israel's recent closure is tantamount to a "declaration of war". The funeral of Palestinian suspected of wounding Rabbi Glick takes place without incident. The latter remains hospitalised in intensive care.
28/09/2010 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Settlements hastening the fusion of Israel and Palestine into a single state
Renewed settlement activities in the Occupied Territories, including East Jerusalem, are a sign of Netanyahu’s impotence, Mahmoud Abbas’ fragility and Obama’s weakness. Every square foot that goes for Jewish settlements makes the birth of a Palestinian state impossible, but it also undermines the idea of Israel as a “home for the Jewish people”. The future could be that of a state for both Arabs and Jews, but Arabs have a higher birth rate.
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