Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories (the West bank and the Gaza Strip) since 1967 is the subject of frequent debate in your newspaper, but much of that input is driven by emotion rather than detailed, factual knowledge. May I, therefore, be permitted to explain the status of the territory issue under international law.
Arab foreign ministers have demanded that the United States rescind Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, calling it a "grave" development that puts Washington on the same side as "occupation" and the violation of international law.
Rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah have reached a preliminary, partial agreement that could pave the way for President Mahmoud Abbas to resume governing the Gaza Strip a decade after Hamas overran the territory, officials said.
Israel’s ambassador to Ireland has said he “cannot guarantee” that Irish passports will not be used by the Israeli secret service again, after their previous use in the assassination of a Palestinian militant.
A senior employee of the international aid group World Vision in the Gaza Strip siphoned off millions of dollars of the charity’s funds and transferred them to the Islamic militant group Hamas, assisting it in building tunnels and purchasing arms, Israel’s internal security agency said.
Given Orla O’Neill (Letter Irish Examiner, April 11), puts such great store in what Amnesty International has to say, it is reasonable that she also pays attention to what it has to say about the Palestinians whose delusions she panders to.
In Zoe Lawlor’s latest denial of reality, she inserts herself in the narrative of Palestinian victimisation claiming to have been “attacked and kidnapped in international waters while sailing to Gaza, robbed and repeatedly strip searched, imprisoned for a week, shot at with steel-coated rubber bullets and tear gas” (Letters, 9 November).
More than 80% of the public want wider access to abortion to be made available in Ireland; Brian Cowen said he never breached the public’s trust when he was taoiseach; More than 400 jobseekers were interviewed for just 60 positions at the country’s newest McDonald’s restaurant.
The latest study by the Rand Corporation on Israel’s complex relationship with its Palestinian neighbours — the Gaza Strip is Hamas-controlled — concludes that “a two-state solution provides by far the best economic outcomes” for citizens of both sides of the conflict.