Israel

Israel frees two Syrian prisoners after return of soldier's body

Israel releases two Syrians as a 'goodwill gesture' after the repatriation of the body of a long-missing soldier.

Israel frees two Syrian prisoners after return of soldier's body

Palestine

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas names ally as new PM

Hamas criticise Mohammad Shtayyeh's appointment, calling it reflection of 'Abbas's unilateralism and monopoly of power'.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas names ally as new PM

Gaza

Thousands of Palestinians demand Abbas' resignation

Amid ongoing Fatah-Hamas feud, thousands of Gazans gather to call on Palestinian Authority president to quit.

Gaza protesters call on Mahmoud Abbas to quit

Palestine

Palestinian President Abbas accepts PM Hamdallah's resignation

New government is expected to be made up only of parties that are members of PLO, excluding Hamas and the Islamic Jihad.

Palestinian President Abbas accepts PM Hamdallah's resignation

Gaza

Gaza: Hamas says Rafah crossing with Egypt to briefly reopen

Border crossing to reopen for three days, weeks after Palestinian Authority pulled its staff from there.

Gaza: Hamas says Rafah crossing with Egypt to briefly reopen

Middle East

PA pulls staff from Rafah crossing after 'abuse' of its members

Palestinian Authority cites 'arrest and abuse' of its members as reasons to withdraw staff - a move slammed by Hamas.

PA pulls staff from Rafah crossing after 'abuse' of its members

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

This is what rocked Palestine in 2018

With little reason for optimism for 2019, here are the main events that rocked the West Bank, Gaza and Israel this year.

The events that shook the Palestinian territories in 2018

Hamas

Thousands mark Hamas' 31st anniversary in Gaza City

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya expressed his group's willingness to hold presidential or parliamentary elections.

Hamas leader Haniya says movement wants 'national unity'

Opinion

How do Palestinians see the Syrian war?

A complex set of factors is shaping Palestinian attitudes towards Syria.

Adnan Abu Amer

by Adnan Abu Amer

Adnan Abu Amer

Middle East

Egypt pushes interests as it brokers Palestinian talks

By acting as mediator between Palestinian factions and Israel, Egypt wants to reassert its regional role, analysts say.

Palestinian talks: Egypt seeks to regain regional power

Opinion

Hamas: Between unity with Fatah and a deal with Israel

Hamas seems to be making more progress on a de-escalation deal with Israel than on reconciliation with Fatah.

Adnan Abu Amer

by Adnan Abu Amer

Adnan Abu Amer

Opinion

What Palestinians can teach us about popular resistance

The people of Gaza rose up not because of Palestinian political factions, but despite them.

Ramzy Baroud

by Ramzy Baroud

Ramzy Baroud

Occupied West Bank

PA arrests dozens of Hamas supporters in West Bank

At least 55 Hamas supporters arrested in aftermath of explosion that targeted PM convoy in Gaza Strip.

Palestinian forces arrest dozens of Hamas supporters in West Bank

Palestine

Abbas blames Hamas for Gaza attack on prime minister

President Abbas says Hamas orchestrated attack on prime minister's convoy, prompting Hamas to call for elections.

Mahmoud Abbas blames Hamas for Gaza attack on PM's convoy

Gaza

PLO: 3000 policemen dispatch to take control of Gaza

Move is aimed at establishing control over Gaza's Hamas-run police stations, leading PLO official asserts.

PLO: 3000 policemen dispatch to take control of Gaza