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The Israeli government is holding official contacts with its Irish counterpart in a bid to convince the Rachel Corrie aid ship to unload its shipment of relief material to Gaza Strip in the Israeli-controlled port of Ashdod. The Hebrew radio said on Thursday that Israel was trying to convince the Irish government and the captain […]

Israel has rejected two proposals from Qatar to restore diplomatic relations and let Israel reopen its office in the capital of Doha. A senior source in Jerusalem said that in return for renewed diplomatic relations, the Qataris demanded that they be allowed to carry out a series of reconstruction projects in the Gaza Strip and […]

Troubled relations with Israel hit a new low when an Israeli protest against a Turkish television series crossed the boundaries of diplomatic civility and turned into an insult against Ambassador Oğuz Çelikkol, in a scene that appeared to be the design of hawkish Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Turkish-Israeli relations have been strained since Israel’s deadly […]

At least 55 people have been injured in clashes between Egyptian police and pro-Palestinian activists who were trying to deliver aid into the Gaza Strip, eyewitnesses say. Some 520 activists broke down the gate at the port in El-Arish late on Tuesday in protest against an Egyptian decision to ship some of the goods through […]

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was due to travel to Qatar on Wednesday at the start of a foreign trip that will also take him to several European countries, his spokesman said. From Qatar the Palestinian leader is due to travel to the Czech Republic, which currently holds the rotating European Union presidency, and to Norway […]

Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani told Erdogan that his country desired to organize an international conference on the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip in the coming days, and asked for Turkey’s support for such an initiative, the Anatolian Agency reported. Al-Thani also said Qatar highly appreciated Turkey’s sensitivity regarding regional peace and the […]

Israel plans to make it harder for Al-Jazeera to operate on its territory after Qatar, which owns the pan-Arab satellite channel, decided to suspend ties with the Jewish state, an Israeli official said yesterday. “Qatar itself has set up obstacles by breaking relations with Israel. There is no reason to help clear the problems this […]

French President Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday met Qatar’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani and US Middle East envoy George Mitchell, seeking to boost prospects for reviving Israeli-Arab peace talks. Sarkozy, who with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak helped broker a Gaza ceasefire last month, later held talks with Palestinian […]

Paris, France: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Qatar’s Shaikh Hamad Bin Jassem Al Thani are meeting French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday to discuss the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Sarkozy had taken an active role in helping broker a ceasefire for Israel’s recent offensive in the Gaza Strip. Qatar has also emerged as a regional mediator after […]

Egypt aired its grievances against Iran, the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah, saying they worked together in the fighting over Gaza to provoke conflict in the Middle East. “(They tried) to turn the region to confrontation in the interest of Iran, which is trying to use its cards to escape […]