Nabil Shaath

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An elderly Palestinian man during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron. Photograph: Abed al Hashlamoun/EPA

For Jordan the fate of East Jerusalem and the West Bank is an existential issue. Jordan’s Arab Legion fought bitter battles with Israel’s forces to pr(...)

Supporters of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at a rally in Cairo on Friday. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi

Egyptian security forces tried to head off protests on Friday amid reports that 2,000 Egyptians have been arrested since last weekend’s unexpected dem(...)

Benny Gantz, leader and candidate of the Israel Resilience party that is part of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) political alliance, shakes hands with supporters in Tel Aviv. Photograph:  Gali Tibbon/AFP

The Palestinians and Arabs are hoping and praying Israel’s next coalition will not be headed by the right-wing Likud’s Binyamin Netanyahu. “Anyone b(...)

An Israeli soldier keeps watch as the children of Israeli settlers play outside the Abraham Avinu settlement in the divided West Bank city of Hebron on May 29th. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty

Fifty years on from the June 1967 war, which demonstrated that Israel could not be destroyed by military means and changed the regional balance of pow(...)

Nabil Shaath, former Palestinian foreign minister,  with then taoiseach Bertie Ahern in 2004. Mr Shaath argues the US could have achieved a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when the global balance of power shifted in Washington’s favour after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989-90. Photograph: The Irish Times

Palestinians, Israelis and the international community still cling to the two-state solution, the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, as(...)

Rawabi will have 23 neighbourhoods, schools, mosque, church, shops,  commercial centre, restaurants and cafes, cinemas and an amphitheatre. Photograph:  Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

Rawabi is the first new town to be built by Palestinians on Palestinian soil for as long as anyone can remember. Doubting Palestinians, Israelis oppos(...)

An Israeli soldier pushes a Palestinian protester during scuffles at a demonstration against Palestinian land confiscation by Israel in the West Bank village of Massara, near Bethlehem. Photograph: Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA

Since armed struggle and negotiations have failed to secure Palestinian statehood, the Palestinians have turned to international political action and (...)

A Palestinian girl  carries her sister during a protest in the southern Gaza Strip calling for reconstruction of houses. Some 150,000 Gazans remain homeless. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

The Palestine Liberation Organisation has called a meeting for early next month to discuss the future of the cash-strapped Palestinian government and(...)

A Palestinian boy runs down a street in the Al Shejaeiya neighbourhood of Gaza city yesterday. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has said it would apply to the UN Security Council on September 15th to set a “timetable” for Israel’s wit(...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas: Palestinians are negotiating statehood with Israel on the basis of the pre-1967 West Bank border, and the talks are making headway.  Photograph: Richard Drew/AP

A sixth round of peace talks is to be held between Israeli and Palestinian representatives today, with both sides saying that progress is being made.(...)