Abbas furious with Jared Kushner over demands

London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat reported Saturday that the meeting between Kushner and Abbas had been “tense.” Abbas was allegedly furious when Kushnerr relayed a set of demands from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a translation of the report by the Jerusalem Post.

Israeli daily Haaretz reported that Palestinian officials were “greatly disappointed” following their Wednesday meeting with Kushner and Jonathan Greenblatt, Trump’s Middle East envoy.

“They sounded like Netanyahu’s advisers and not like fair arbiters,” a senior Palestinian official told the publication. “They started presenting Netanyahu’s issues and then we asked to hear from them clear stances regarding the core issues of the conflict.”

Abbas was supposedly furious with the president’s son-in-law after Kushner relayed Israeli demands to the 81-year-old Palestinian leader which included the immediate halt of payments to terrorists and their families. Abbas angrily accused Kushner and Greenblatt of taking Israel’s side and refused to commit to the request. Continue reading Abbas furious with Jared Kushner over demands

Israel players appeal to FIFA over possible ban

So did politics enter their heads when they decided to limit Palestinian football players movement? You reap what you sow, Israel. We hope that FIFA does indeed ban you for the transgressions you have done to the Palestinian players!

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WATCH: Israel players appeal to FIFA over possible ban

‘We leave the politics aside to play football,’ say soccer players ahead of vote that could push Israel out of FIFA.

i24news, AFP

Published:  05.24.15, 12:51 / Israel Culture

Israeli soccer players published a video Thursday appealing to FIFA to dismiss the Palestinian bid to expel Israel from the international football’s governing body.

The video, uploaded ahead of the annual FIFA Congress on May 28, by The New Organization of Football Players in Israel, calls on FIFA to leave politics off of the soccer pitch and “Play the ball not the state.”

“Football is universal, we leave the politics aside to play football,” players are heard saying in English. “Football is a beautiful game, so please don’t spoil it, all of us together: Jews, Muslims and Christians.” Continue reading Israel players appeal to FIFA over possible ban

French MPs vote in favour of recognising Palestine

France’s National Assembly has voted to recognise the State of Palestine. The proposal — raised by the ruling Socialist Party — was passed with 339 votes in favor and 151 against. The vote follows similar recent votes in Britain, Ireland and Spain.