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August 10, 2018 | Via The Guardian

Renewed Clashes Interrupt Israel and Gaza Ceasefire

Talk of a long-term ceasefire between Israel and the Hamas rulers of Gaza was interrupted early Thursday when the Israeli military traded blows with Palestinian militants. A rocket was fired toward the southern Israeli city of Beersheba and Israel responded with an airstrike in western Gaza City. A ceasefire was set to begin Thursday night.

June 4, 2018 | Via CNN

Nearly 500 Civilians Killed by US Military Action Last Year

A report was released by the Pentagon on Friday which said US military actions killed 499 civilians last year in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, and Afghanistan. The report said there were ‘no credible reports’ of casualties due to US military operations last year in Somalia or Libya. The report covers US airstrikes and ground combat operations.

May 30, 2018 | Via BBC

Tensions Rise Between Gaza and Israel After Attacks

A sharp escalation in tensions occurred on Tuesday as Islamic militants in Gaza launched rockets and mortars into Israel, prompting an Israeli response of airstrikes. Hamas reported on Wednesday that military groups in Gaza have agreed to a ceasefire if Israel does the same. The US has called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting.

January 23, 2018 | Via NPR

US Embassy to Open in Jerusalem By End of 2019

In a statement to the Israeli Parliament, Monday, Vice President Mike Pence announced a new United States Embassy will open in Jerusalem before 2019 ends. During Pence’s speech, Arab lawmakers protested, standing and holding signs reading, ‘Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine.’ President Trump has said the embassy’s repositioning should not hamper peace talks.

January 15, 2018 | Via Al Jazeera

Palestine Calls Israel Decision: ‘Slap of the Century’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas commented on the United States President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital calling it, ‘the slap of the century.’ Palestinian leaders are meeting in Ramallah, to form a concrete response to Trump’s action. Abbas said he will not accept any peace plan from the US after the Jerusalem decision.

December 27, 2017 | Via Telegraph

Israeli Players Banned from Saudi World Chess Tournament

The first world chess tournament hosted by Saudi Arabia is entangled in controversy after Israeli competitors were barred from playing, and Qatari players withdrew after being banned from showing their flag. A spokesman for the Israeli Chess Federation, Lior Aizenberg, said, ‘The relationships between countries should not be part of international events such as championships.’

December 26, 2017 | Via Telegraph

Pope Francis Calls for Peace for Jerusalem

Speaking in Rome for his annual Christmas address, Pope Francis called for Israel and Palestine to be separate, citing the need for a ‘negotiated solution…that would allow the peaceful co-existence of two states.’ Just hours before Guatemala became the first country to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital after the US. Pope Francis also compared the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem to the current migrations forcing millions to leave their homelands.

December 6, 2017 | Via The Guardian

Trump to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

United States President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, while many countries expressed their concern towards the decision. Amidst the controversial decision, the Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, visited Brussels receiving a cold welcome from the European allies. The European Union’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, expressed, that Trump’s decision is a threat to peace in the Middle East.

December 12, 2017 | Via ABC News

Putin Tours Middle East

Russian President Vladimir Putin took a fast tour of the Middle East, Monday, visiting Syria, Egypt, and Turkey, in an effort to highlight Russia’s influence over the region, with the United States’ role shrinking. Putin commented on President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, calling it ‘counterproductive,’ and saying it could ‘provoke conflict.’

December 7, 2017 | Via The Guardian

Trump Acknowledges Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

President Trump announced the formal recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the transfer of the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This is a reversal of nearly a seven decade long American foreign policy. Despite the final status of Jerusalem has been one of the most sensitive issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Trump stated not recognizing it as Israel’s brought the world ‘no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.’

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