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By Tammy Bruce
Only IRS employees could expect rewards for failing to pay their taxes
Topic - Palestinian National Authority
U.S. and Israeli officials slammed the unity agreement announced Wednesday by rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas, saying it would strain whatever thread of hope was left in the ailing Israeli-Palestinian peace process that Secretary of State John F. Kerry has sought to foster over the past nine months.
Israel will not free an expected fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners because of the Palestinians' push for recognition at the United Nations, Israel's chief negotiator said Thursday.
Palestinian recognition of Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state has assumed center stage in recent days.
A deadline fast approaching, President Barack Obama is seeking to ease the logjam in elusive Mideast peace talks and keep Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas from walking away, despite few signs that either Palestinians or Israelis are prepared to budge on key sticking points.
Palestinian security forces have been conducting frequent raids of refugee camps and clashing with gunmen and rioting youths, as the Palestinian Authority tries to establish security among its increasingly restless and volatile populace.
One year ago, on Nov. 29, 2012, the U.N. General Assembly voted to upgrade the Palestinian Authority (PA) to the status of a "nonmember observer state."
The Palestinian Authority condemned the Hamas government of the Gaza Strip for refusing to allow 86 Palestinians to visit Saudi Arabia to undertake the Hajj pilgrimage, the Palestinian Ma'an News Agency reported.
"Lunacy." That's how Danny Danon describes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to hand over 104 killers to the Palestinian Authority as a "good-will gesture."
Israel and the Palestinian Authority will resume peace talks Monday in Washington after a three-year break, the result of months of lobbying and a personal invitation over the weekend by Secretary of State John F. Kerry.
What sort of people and government would agree to free the murderers of its own children and do it in the name of a presumed "good will" toward irreconcilable enemies?
A Hamas spokesman said abducting Israeli soldiers and using them to barter for the release of militant fighters is the heart and soul of the group's operations, and they would not stop, no matter the political pressure.
A leading Palestinian Authority said in an interview broadcast earlier this month that he supported violence against Israel, including a nuclear attack.
U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Sunday urged Turkey to speed up and cement an American-brokered rapprochement with Israel, and he explored with Palestinian officials new ways to relaunch Mideast peace efforts.
In Israel for the first time in his four-year-old presidency, President Obama tried to reassure the Israeli public Wednesday that he is determined to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
The terrorist organization Hamas has launched its own news group, Al Rai, which means Opinion, with a staff of 15 writers who will "focus on the Palestinian issue, and Arab and international news relating to this issue," according to the agency's spokesman.