Netanyahu backs away from rejection of Palestinian state; White House unmoved
Netanyahu backs away from rejection of Palestinian state; White House unmoved

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied on Thursday abandoning his commitment to the eventual creation of a Palestinian state, backing away from pre-election comments that deepened a rift with Israel`s chief ally the United States.  

Netanyahu's remarks over Palestinian state 'worrying': Abbas

In the first official reaction to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's statement that he opposes a Palestinian state, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday that these remarks "are worrying."

Netanyahu says Israel will not cede land to Palestinians

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will not cede territory due to the current climate in the Middle East, appearing to rule out the establishment of a Palestinian state.


Luxembourg parliament backs recognition of Palestinian state

Luxembourg`s Parliament voted Wednesday to urge the government to recognise a Palestinian state -- the latest in a series of similar moves around Europe aimed at pressuring Israel to move foward the peace process.

Israel's foreign minister drafts regional peace plan

Israel`s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has drawn a plan for achieving peace between Israel and its neighbours which includes ceding land for a future Palestinian state and the transfer of Israeli Arabs to live in it.

EU urges two-state capital in Jerusalem as tensions soar after police killing of Arab-Israeli

Europe`s top diplomat on Saturday called for a Palestinian state sharing Jerusalem as its capital with Israel, hours after the police killing of an Arab-Israeli further fanned tensions.

Sweden's move to recognise Palestinian state miserable: Israel

Israel today denounced Sweden's announcement to recognise Palestinian state as a "miserable decision", saying it would only "harm" international efforts to resolve the vexed conflict.

Swedish recognition of Palestine `deplorable`: Israel FM

Israel`s top diplomat on Thursday denounced the Swedish government`s recognition of a Palestinian state as "deplorable", saying it would undermine efforts to resolve the conflict. 

Sweden recognises Palestinian state
Sweden recognises Palestinian state

Sweden`s centre-left government will officially recognise the state of Palestine on Thursday, becoming the first major European country to do so, Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said.

Palestinians hail Swedish move on statehood as `courageous`

Sweden`s decision to recognise a Palestinian state is "courageous," senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said Friday, calling on other EU states to follow suit.

Israel to build 1,500 more homes in settlements: Report

Jerusalem:Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel has invited bids for 1,500 new homes in Jewish settlements in retaliation for a new Palestinian government backed by Hamas, reports said on thusday.

No peace with Israel without defining borders: Abbas

There can be no peace with Israel without first defining the borders of a future Palestinian state, President Mahmud Abbas said on Tuesday. 

Muslim bloc calls for recognition of Palestinian state

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation called on the international community to recognise the Palestinian Territories as a sovereign state.

Netanyahu rejects calls to allow Palestinian state within 1967 lines

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to reject international demands to allow a Palestinian state with a border based on the pre-1967 Green Line and its capital in East Jerusalem.

`Oppose US; recognise Palestinian state`

The top Sunni Muslim authority has called on the free world to recognise a Palestinian state at UN.

Norway ready to recognise Palestinian state

In a Facebook post late Saturday, Jonas Gahr Stoere wrote Palestinians have the right to go to the UN.

Arab League backs Palestinian state recourse to UN

Qatar proposed suspending Mideast peace process until Israel was "ready".

Abbas eyes French, German help on Palestinian state

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas will visit France next week, Germany in May,

Paraguay recognises `free` Palestinian state

The 1967 borders include east Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Peru recognises Palestinian state

Peru has now upgraded its recognition of Palestine to a statehood status.