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Ex-security chief Dahlan launches bid to replace Palestinian Authority’s Abbas

Mohammed Dahlan.  /AFP/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — A former Gaza Strip security commander plans to replace Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Former PA security commander Mohammed Dahlan, expelled from the West Bank in 2011, intends to run in any presidential race. Dahlan’s wife, Jalila, said her husband was developing relations with Palestinian movements, including Hamas, as well [...]

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Palestinian Authority recruits women for U.S.-financed elite force

Palestinian women who will become a part of the elite Presidential Guard stand during a training exercise in Jericho, West Bank.  /AP/Dusan Vranic

Special to WorldTribune.com RAMALLAH — The Palestinian Authority has recruited women for its paramilitary force. The PA has recruited and graduated 22 women for the Presidential Guards, under the command of chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Officials said the women would join the U.S.-financed elite force of 2,600. “There are plans to recruit additional women,” National Security [...]

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‘Subterranean war’ challenges confront Israel in Gaza, Lebanon and now West Bank

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Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel’s military has determined that Palestinian militias were developing operational tunnels in the West Bank. Military sources said Palestinian militias have built tunnels in several cities of the West Bank for what could mark preparations for another war with Israel. The sources said the tunnels have been used to [...]

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Centcom, unlike administration, sees Palestinian issue as secondary

Gen. Lloyd Austin

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. military no longer sees the Arab-Israeli conflict as a priority. The military’s Central Command, in contrast to that of the administration of President Barack Obama, has not designated either the Arab-Israeli or Israeli-Palestinian dispute as a key threat to U.S. interests or regional stability. In a briefing [...]

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Palestinian Authority issues tender for crude oil exploration in West Bank

PA Deputy Prime Minister Mohammed Mustafa

Special to WorldTribune.com RAMALLAH — The Palestinian Authority has launched a search for energy in the West Bank. The PA has issued a tender for crude oil exploration north of the West Bank city of Kalkilya. The tender, the first by the Ramallah-based regime, called for bids to explore an area of 432 square kilometers [...]

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Palestinian intel chief plays key role in negotiations with U.S.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.  /Issam Rimawi/Flash90

Special to WorldTribune.com RAMALLAH — A intelligence chief has been playing a key role in Palestinian Authority talks with the United States. Palestinian sources said PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has made Majid Faraj a key adviser and member of the Palestinian negotiating team with Israel and the United States. They said Faraj was participating in [...]

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Qatar offers to hire 20,000 university-educated Palestinians

Palestinian Labor Minister Ahmed
Majdalani

Special to WorldTribune.com RAMALLAH — Qatar has agreed to recruit tens of thousands of Palestinians. The Palestinian Authority said Qatar would recruit 20,000 Palestinians to work in the Gulf Cooperation Council emirate. The PA Labor Ministry said Doha would employ skilled Palestinians for long-term contracts. “The responsibilities of the Labor Ministry, in efforts aimed at [...]

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Palestinian gas station owners call for privatization to end shortages, prices higher than Israel’s

Palestinian drivers line up at a gas station in the West Bank city of Nablus.

Special to WorldTribune.com RAMALLAH — The Palestinian Authority has been urged to privatize the fuel sector in the West Bank. Fuel station owners have urged the regime of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to privatize the Petroleum Authority. The stations owners said the move would end fuel shortages in the West Bank at the end of [...]

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Insurgent plotted terror attack on Israel to pay debts using guaranteed Palestinian Authority salary

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Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — The Palestinian Authority, nearing economic collapse, has maintained salaries to insurgents, including would-be suicide attackers, captured by Israel. In a report, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) cited a Palestinian detainee who said he planned an attack in the Jewish state to help pay his debts. “I decided to arrange an imaginary [...]

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West Bank businesses cut credit for deadbeat Palestinian security forces

Gas stations owners in the West Bank say they are owed over $15 million by Palestinian Authority security forces.

Special to WorldTribune.com RAMALLAH — Palestinian security forces have come under an economic boycott in the West Bank. Palestinian sources said many businesses were no longer providing goods or services to Western-trained and -equipped PA police and security forces amid millions of dollars of debt. “Many businesses have not seen money from the PA forces [...]

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