Overall Chronology

Overall Chronology

Period
XII. A Palestinian Authority Divided, Israeli Assaults on Gaza, and Peace Process Setbacks
26 January 2006 to 31 December 2016

The period 2006–2016 witnessed a political and territorial split between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank due to a bitter dispute between the Hamas and Fatah movements after the legislative elections of January 2006. While the United States did not undertake significant efforts toward a fair settlement of the conflict, Israel carried out three major military assaults on Hamas-controlled Gaza, with disastrous consequences for Gaza and its residents, in addition to a war against Lebanon in Summer 2006; and it continued construction of settlements in the West Bank, including Jerusalem. Under these conditions, and given the upheavals in the Arab world, the Palestinians responded by seeking support in the international arena. Their efforts bore modest results; the United Nations and various governments around the world made significant steps toward diplomatic recognition of the Palestinian state.

The bitter dispute between Hamas and Fatah has a lengthy history. Mutual antagonism was fueled further on 25 January 2006, when Hamas won the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) elections. As a result, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazin) appointed Hamas politician Ismail Haniyeh to the position of PA prime minister and approved his cabinet slate without agreeing to his program. Israel and the “Quartet” (United States, European Union, Russia, and the United Nations) refused to deal with the Hamas government until it recognized Israel, accepted previous agreements signed by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and renounced violence. International donors resorted to circumventing Haniyeh’s government and channeling funds to Abbas in his capacity as PLO president. But the internal challenges proved more difficult to evade.

Shortly after the formation of the cabinet, the new minister of interior formed a security force under his command, called the Executive Support Force (ESF). The latter rivalled the official PA security forces, which reported to Abbas and were dominated by Fatah loyalists. Violent clashes between the two sides and their supporters alternated with unity talks between May 2006 and January 2007, until Saudi Arabia intervened and sponsored (in Mecca on 8 February 2007) an agreement between the two parties to form a unity government; this government was announced on 17 March. However, all-out fighting between the two sides resumed in June 2007, with Hamas eliminating security forces loyal to Abbas in Gaza. The latter declared a state of emergency on 14 June and dismissed Haniyeh from his post as prime minister, although in reality there was little the PA, from Ramallah, or Fatah could do about the situation in Gaza. The result was the emergence of two separate Palestinian governments: one headed by Salam Fayyad in the PA-controlled parts of the West Bank and recognized by the international community, and a Hamas-led government under Haniyeh in Gaza.

Immediately thereafter and in a bid to strengthen Abbas by showing some progress in the peace process, Israelis and Palestinians were brought together by the US administration to resume talk on final status issues. From mid-July 2007 until mid-September 2008, numerous and intensive negotiation sessions, including a conference attended by Abbas, Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, President George W. Bush, and representatives of forty countries at Annapolis on 27 November 2007 led nowhere on the main four issues: Jerusalem, refugees, borders, and security.

In the meantime, in July-August 2006, war broke out between Israel and Hizballah after the latter abducted two soldiers north of Israel. Despite thirty-four days of heavy bombardment and incursion attempts into South Lebanon, the Israeli army failed to stop Hizballah’s shelling on Israel’s territory and to break its defenses. Against the backdrop of such a failure, a severe blockade of Gaza and Hamas-Israel on-and-off rocket exchanges, the Israeli army launched from 27 December 2008 until 18 January 2009 a war against Gaza (Operation Cast Lead, but called by Hamas the Battle of Right against Wrong), in order to regain its deterrence, greatly damaged by the war on Lebanon, and to test the lessons of that war through massive aerial bombardment and land incursions at the expense of the civilian population (1,400 Palestinians dead, more than 4,000 wounded) and Gaza’s infrastructures and built areas. Just over three years later, from 14–21 November 2012, Israel carried out another campaign of intensive bombardment of Gaza but did not commit ground forces.

President Barack Obama, who was sworn in on 20 January 2009, brought some hope to the possibility of progress in the peace process, especially with his Cairo speech on 4 June, in which he called for stopping Israel’s settlement activities and stated that “just as Israel's right to exist cannot be denied, neither can Palestine's.” However, the US administration resolve on the settlement freeze petered out gradually in the following months, and it applied mounting pressure instead on Abbas to get his agreement to direct talks with Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu. These talks, held in Washington and Sharm al-Shaykh in September 2010, led nowhere. Obama later directed Secretary of State John Kerry to undertake peace talks with the two sides. From 29 July 2013 through 29 April 2014, no tangible results were achieved. In fact, the Netanyahu government pursued with perseverance its strategy of settlement expansion and even used it as provocative tactics to undermine the credibility of the Ramallah PA and the American mediation efforts.

The credibility of the Palestinian leadership was in any case undermined intrinsically. Salam Fayyad (who served as prime minister until April 2013) issued in August 2009 a plan for institutional and infrastructural development called “Ending the Occupation, Establishing the State”; the plan made little difference in light of Israel’s encroachments and because Fayyad did not receive sufficient political support from Fatah. The Hamas government in Gaza, incapable of breaking Israel’s economic siege to satisfy the population under its control, found some compensation in the lifeline provided by the tunnels with Egypt, and also in imposing on the population rules it considered part of the right social Islamic order. In addition, Abbas’s PA in Ramallah and Hamas government in Gaza suffered from their divisions, in spite of various initiatives undertaken by some Arab countries and Palestinians not affiliated to either Hamas or Fatah. Abbas and Hamas leader Khalid Mishal, or their representatives, signed successive agreements on 4 May 2011 in Cairo, on 7 February 2012 in Doha, on 20 May in Cairo, providing for the formation of a caretaker government of technocrats and the holding of PLC elections. However, no action was taken on the ground following these three instances.

Finally, on 23 April 2014, the two sides signed an agreement in Gaza City, confirming what had been achieved in Doha and Cairo. On 2 June, Abbas swore in a new unity government, consisting of independents and technocrats and headed by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who had been serving already in this capacity in the West Bank since June 2013. But real power in ministerial departments and security services in Gaza remained under Hamas’s control. Many countries, including the United States, welcomed the move, and Israel expressed its displeasure.

Just one month into the new unity government, and in the context of renewed tension, Israel launched a third major attack on Gaza. From 8 July through 26 August 2014, Israeli naval, air, and ground forces assaulted and re-invaded Gaza in what the Israelis called Operation Protective Edge. Over 2,200 Palestinians were killed, the majority of them civilians. Hamas once again launched thousands of rockets into Israel, some striking as far north as Zikhron Ya`akov south of Haifa. Israeli casualties were six civilians and 67 soldiers.

With the Oslo process seemingly dead, the PLO focused on seeking international recognition of an independent Palestinian state. Such efforts included attempts to secure the admission of Palestine into the UN as a full member state. On 23 September 2011, Abbas submitted a formal application for admission into the UN despite knowing that admission into the world body requires the support of the Security Council, where the United States surely would use its veto power. These rules do not apply to membership in subsidiary UN bodies, however, and on 31 October 2011, UNESCO voted to admit Palestine as a full member of that body. Abandoning the plan to petition for full UN membership, the PLO still managed successfully to secure the status of Palestine as a “non-member observer state” in the General Assembly in a 29 November 2012 vote. Meanwhile, civil society groups outside of Palestine have given voice to a campaign of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, Israeli institutions, and international companies implicated in the occupation and oppression of Palestinians. Progress on these fronts, at both the diplomatic and civil society levels, has been largely symbolic, however.

A series of political events and conflicts inaugurated by the so-called Arab Spring in late 2010 and early 2011 have greatly complicated the regional picture. Unrest and conflict, particularly in neighboring Egypt and Syria, have drawn focus away from the Palestinian issue, while the impact on Palestinian refugees, in Syria in particular, has been harsh. Meanwhile, the forging of new alliances and the opening of new rifts in the Arab world involving non-Arab regional actors (Israel, Iran and Turkey) have had their impact on the Palestinian arena, many of the results of which remain to be seen. Given the persistence of internal divisions, the momentous and uncertain character of regional developments, the future for Palestinians remains murky.

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Selected Bibliography

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Commentary: The Kerry Negotiations.Journal of Palestine Studies 43, no. 3 (Spring 2014): 40–55.

Hilal, Jamil. “The Polarization of the Palestinian Political Field.Journal of Palestine Studies 39, no. 3 (Spring 2010): 24–39.

Khalidi, Muhammad Ali. “The Most Moral Army in the World: The New ‘Ethical Code’ of the Israeli Military and the War on Gaza.Journal of Palestine Studies 39, no. 3 (Spring 2010): 6–23.

Parsons, Nigel. The Politics of the Palestinian Authority: From Oslo to al-Aqsa. London: Routledge, 2012.

Usher, Graham. “Letter from the UN: The Palestinian Bid for Membership.Journal of Palestine Studies 41, no. 1 (Autumn 2011): 57–66.

Overall Chronology
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Event Date Subject
Palestinian Legislative Elections Results: Hamas's Victory 26 January 2006 - 29 January 2006
Palestinian Legislative Election Results: Initial Israeli and International Reactions 27 January 2006 - 5 February 2006
Palestinian Legislative Election Results: Initial Palestinian Reactions 27 January 2006 - 4 May 2006
Israeli Operations Resume 3 February 2006 - 11 February 2006
US-Israel Plan to Destabilize a Hamas-Led PA 17 February 2006 - 19 February 2006
PA New Legislature and Consultations to Form a New Cabinet 18 February 2006 - 16 March 2006
Pressure on Palestinians; Gaza on the Brink of a Humanitarian Crisis 1 March 2006 - 25 April 2006
Olmert's Separation Plan 5 March 2006 - 9 March 2006
Israeli Raid on Jericho Jail 14 March 2006 - 18 March 2006
Formation of the Hamas-Led Cabinet 19 March 2006 - 28 March 2006
Olmert's Kadima Party Wins the Knesset Elections 28 March 2006 - 4 May 2006
Israel Launches Operation Southern Arrow 30 March 2006 - 14 May 2006
Israel’s Campaign Against Non-ID Holders in the West Bank 1 April 2006 - 6 September 2006
Abbas's Control Over PA Security Forces 5 April 2006 - 11 April 2006
Hamas-Led PA Ministry of Interior Establishes the Executive Support Force in Gaza 20 April 2006 - 25 May 2006
A “Temporary International Mechanism” to Channel Funds Through Abbas’s Office 9 May 2006 - 27 July 2006
The Prisoners' Initiative: National Conciliation Document 10 May 2006 - 13 May 2006
Haniyeh Proposes a Long-term Cease-fire and Peace 23 May 2006
Israeli Operations in the West Bank 24 May 2006 - 22 June 2006
Fatah-Hamas Clashes 26 May 2006 - 24 June 2006
Israel Steps up Military Actions in Gaza 29 May 2006 - 15 June 2006
35th Zionist Congress Meets in Jerusalem 19 June 2006 - 22 June 2006
Hamas Operation Dispel Illusion: Capture of Gilad Shalit 25 June 2006 - 1 July 2006
The Knesset Adopts the “Criminal Procedure Law (Detainee Suspected of Security Offence) (Temporary Order)”, 2006 27 June 2006
Palestinian Factions Agree on the National Conciliation Document 27 June 2006
Israel Retaliates Against Shalit's Capture: Operation Summer Rains 28 June 2006 - 8 July 2006
Major Arrest Raid Against Hamas-Affiliated PA Officials 29 June 2006 - 19 August 2006
New Israeli Pattern of Battering Gaza 11 July 2006 - 15 August 2006
Hizballah Fighters Capture Israeli Soldiers 12 July 2006
Attempted Assassination of Muhammad Dayf 12 July 2006
2nd Israel War on Lebanon: the July War 12 July 2006 - 14 August 2006
Draft Security Council Resolution S/2006/508 13 July 2006
July War: Israel Launches an Air War Against Hizballah 13 July 2006
July War: Israel's Air War Fails to Knock out Hizballah 14 July 2006 - 16 July 2006
July War: Diplomacy Paralyzed by the US 14 July 2006 - 16 July 2006
July War: Israel's Special Operations Along the Border 17 July 2006 - 19 July 2006
Major Israeli Operation in Nablus 19 July 2006 - 21 July 2006
July War: Israel Attempts to Establish a Limited Foothold in Southern Lebanon 19 July 2006 - 29 July 2006
July War: Massacre in Qana; 48-Hour Partial Suspension of Air Strikes 30 July 2006 - 2 August 2006
July War: Israel Attempts to Create a Special Security Zone 2 August 2006 - 10 August 2006
July War: Diplomatic Efforts for a Cease-Fire 5 August 2006 - 9 August 2006
July War: Israel Attempts a Ground Offensive in Southern Lebanon 11 August 2006 - 14 August 2006
Security Council Resolution S/RES/1701 11 August 2006
July War: The Cease-Fire 12 August 2006 - 14 August 2006
July War: A Balance Sheet 14 August 2006
July War: Israel Begins Withdrawing from Southern Lebanon 14 August 2006 - 17 August 2006
Israel's Operation Summer Rains Against Gaza Continues 15 August 2006 - 9 September 2006
Olmert's Convergence Plan Put Aside; Settlement Activity Resumes 18 August 2006 - 21 September 2006
Intra-Palestinian Dynamics: The False Hopes of National Unity Talks 25 August 2006 - 23 September 2006
Intra-Palestinian Dynamics: Demonstrations and Violence 28 August 2006 - 23 October 2006
Israel's Operation Summer Rains Enters its 4th Month 1 October 2006 - 31 October 2006
Israel's Operation Autumn Clouds Against Gaza 1 November 2006 - 12 November 2006
Palestinian Unity Talks: A Cabinet of Technocrats? 6 November 2006 - 20 November 2006
Draft Security Council Resolution S/2006/878 11 November 2006
General Assembly Resolution A/RES/ES-10/16 17 November 2006
Gaza Escalation Followed by a Negotiated Cease-Fire 20 November 2006 - 26 November 2006
Three Dramatic Spikes in Fatah-Hamas Violence 10 December 2006 - 8 February 2007
The US to Strengthen Security Forces Loyal to Abbas 14 December 2006 - 5 January 2007
General Assembly Resolution A/RES/ES-10/17 15 December 2006
The US Revisits the Road Map 14 January 2007 - 15 January 2007
Saudi Initiative for Palestinian Unity: the Mecca Accord 28 January 2007 - 8 February 2007
International Responses to Palestinian Unity Efforts 2 February 2007 - 19 February 2007
Israeli Operation Hot Winter in Nablus 25 February 2007 - 7 March 2007
Formation of the Palestinian Unity Government 15 March 2007 - 17 March 2007
A Mixed International Reception to the Palestinian Unity Government 17 March 2007 - 31 March 2007
19th Arab Summit Meets in Riyadh: Revival of the Arab Peace Initiative 28 March 2007 - 29 March 2007
Israeli and US Reactions to the Revived Arab Peace Initiative 29 March 2007 - 17 April 2007
Israel Escalates Attacks in Gaza and the West Bank 3 April 2007 - 29 May 2007
Palestinians in Jaffa Protest Eviction Plans of Israel Land Administration 27 April 2007
After the July War: Winograd Commission Interim Report 30 April 2007
Fatah-Hamas Infighting Resumes 11 May 2007 - 20 May 2007
The Battle of Nahr al-Barid 20 May 2007 - 2 September 2007
Hamas Seizes Control of Gaza 10 June 2007 - 16 June 2007
Emergency Cabinet in the West Bank 14 June 2007 - 26 June 2007
Reactions to West Bank-Gaza Strip Split 17 June 2007 - 20 June 2007
PLO Central Council Meeting Is Held in Ramallah 20 June 2007 - 21 June 2007
Israeli Operations Against Gaza Resume 24 June 2007 - 12 July 2007
Tony Blair Appointed Quartet Special Representative 27 June 2007
Fayyad's Emergency Government Becomes a de facto Regular Government 5 July 2007 - 14 July 2007
Bush's Policy Speech and Call for an International Conference 16 July 2007
Another PLO Central Council Meeting Within Four Weeks 18 July 2007
Abbas-Olmert Meetings to Reach Understandings Before the International Conference 6 August 2007 - 10 September 2007
Ongoing Military Confrontation: Israel Declares Gaza a "Hostile Territory" 16 August 2007 - 3 November 2007
Palestinian and Israeli Teams to Prepare Annapolis International Conference 20 September 2007 - 25 November 2007
Death of Haydar Abd al-Shafi 25 September 2007
Both Authorities in West Bank and Gaza Reorganize Security Forces 2 November 2007 - 4 December 2007
The Annapolis Conference 27 November 2007
Settlement Expansion in Jabal Abu Ghunaym/ Har Homa 4 December 2007
Effects of the Siege of Gaza on Private Sector Production 9 December 2007 - 9 January 2008
Post-Annapolis Talks on Final Status: Bad Start 12 December 2007 - 27 December 2007
Nablus Remains a Hot Spot 15 December 2007 - 5 January 2008
Donors' Conference in Paris Supports Abbas's PA; PEGASE to Replace TIM 17 December 2007 - 1 February 2008
The Quartet Expresses "Concern" over Jabal Abu Ghunaym/ Har Homa Expansion 17 December 2007
The PLO Presents "the Palestine Announcement in Lebanon" 7 January 2008
Post-Annapolis Talks on Final Status: Palestinian Side Sounded Out 7 January 2008 - 27 January 2008
Bush's Statement on Palestinian Statehood, Jerusalem 10 January 2008
Relentless Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation in Gaza 15 January 2008 - 22 January 2008
A Palestinian National Congress Is Held in Damascus 23 January 2008 - 25 January 2008
Gaza Palestinians Break Out into Sinai 23 January 2008 - 3 February 2008
Israeli Supreme Court Endorses Economic Sanction Against Gaza 30 January 2008
After the July War: Final Report of the Winograd Commission 30 January 2008
Post-Annapolis Talks on Final Status Intensify 4 February 2008 - 24 February 2008
Assassination of Hizballah's Imad Mughniyah in Damascus 12 February 2008
Israel Launches Operation Hot Winter in Gaza 28 February 2008 - 3 March 2008
Post-Annapolis Talks on Final Status: Israeli's Security Demands 28 February 2008 - 11 May 2008
Post-Annapolis Talks on Final Status (Almost) Suspended 2 March 2008
Israel Announces New Settlement Construction Plans 9 March 2008 - 2 April 2008
Hamas Proposes a Comprehensive Cease-Fire 12 March 2008
Hamas-Fatah Talks in Yemen 18 March 2008 - 28 March 2008
Post-Annapolis Talks on Final Status Resume: Refugees and Territory Stumbling Blocks 24 March 2008 - 4 May 2008
Gaza: Military Confrontation Continues and Siege is Tightened 26 March 2008 - 15 May 2008
Post-Annapolis Talks on Final Status: A Disappointing Abbas-Bush Meeting 25 April 2008
Israel Refuses an Egyptian-Brokered Gaza Cease-Fire Offer 30 April 2008 - 12 May 2008
Post-Annapolis Talks on Final Status to Nowhere 27 May 2008 - 1 January 2009
Hamas and Israel Agree on a Six-Month Gaza Cease-Fire; Blockade Marginally Eased 17 June 2008 - 4 November 2008
Amendment No. 39 of Basic Law: The Knesset Adds Another Reason to Disqualify Arab Candidates to Elections 30 June 2008
To Delink the West Bank from the Gaza Cease-Fire, Israel Escalates in the West Bank 7 July 2008 - 15 July 2008
Political Crisis in Israel 30 July 2008 - 10 February 2009
Post-Annapolis Talks on Final Status: Olmert's Political Gamble 31 August 2008 - 16 September 2008
Palestinian-Israeli Clashes in Acre 8 October 2008 - 13 October 2008
Barak Obama Is Elected President of the United States 4 November 2008
Israel Breaks the Gaza Cease-Fire 4 November 2008 - 30 November 2008
Seal on Gaza Borders Tightened 5 November 2008 - 29 November 2008
The PLO Central Council Meets in Ramallah 23 November 2008 - 24 November 2008
Gaza Cease-Fire Falls Apart 14 December 2008 - 21 December 2008
Security Council Resolution S/RES/1850 16 December 2008
Prelude to Israel's War on Gaza 21 December 2008 - 26 December 2008
The War on Gaza (2008-09): Operation Cast Lead/ Battle of al-Furqan 27 December 2008 - 18 January 2009
War on Gaza, Day 1, Start of Phase 1 27 December 2008
War on Gaza, Day 2 28 December 2008
War on Gaza, Day 3 29 December 2008
War on Gaza, Day 4 30 December 2008
War on Gaza, Day 5 31 December 2008
War on Gaza, Day 6 1 January 2009
War on Gaza, Day 7 2 January 2009
War on Gaza, Day 8: End of Phase 1; Balance Sheet 3 January 2009
War on Gaza, Day 9: Start of Phase 2 4 January 2009
War on Gaza: Calls for Active Diplomacy 4 January 2009 - 5 January 2009
War on Gaza, Day 10; Gaza Strip Segmented into 3 Operational Zones 5 January 2009
War on Gaza, Day 11: Dramatic Surge in Palestinian Civilian Casualties 6 January 2009
War on Gaza, Day 12 7 January 2009
Security Council Resolution S/RES/1860 8 January 2009
War on Gaza, Day 13 8 January 2009
War on Gaza, Day 14 9 January 2009
War on Gaza, Day 15: Intensification of Israeli Attacks 10 January 2009
War on Gaza, Day 16 11 January 2009
War on Gaza, Day 17 12 January 2009
War on Gaza, Day 18 13 January 2009
War on Gaza, Day 19: Hamas Cease-Fire Offer 14 January 2009
War on Gaza, Day 20 15 January 2009
War on Gaza: US-Israel MOU on Arms Smuggling into Gaza 16 January 2009
War on Gaza, Day 21 16 January 2009
War on Gaza: Israel Announces a Unilateral Cease-Fire 17 January 2009
War on Gaza, Day 22 17 January 2009
War on Gaza: Parallel Israeli and Hamas Cease-Fires; Balance Sheet 18 January 2009
Israel Completes Its Withdrawal from Gaza 20 January 2009 - 21 January 2009
President Obama Prepares Active Engagement in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process 22 January 2009 - 4 March 2009
Gaza Tenuous Cease-Fire 27 January 2009 - 12 February 2009
Binyamin Netanyahu of Likud Forms Israeli Cabinet after Close Election Results 10 February 2009 - 31 March 2009
Talks to Consolidate Cease-Fire and Exchange Prisoners End in Failure 13 February 2009 - 18 February 2009
Palestinian National Unity Talks Resume in Cairo 25 February 2009 - 18 May 2009
Donor Conference for Gaza Reconstruction, Sharm al-Shaykh 2 March 2009
Western Powers Adopt a Program of Action Against Weapons Smuggling into Gaza 13 March 2009
The New Netanyahu Government Prepares its Position on the Palestinian Issue 31 March 2009 - 5 May 2009
The UN Human Rights Council Forms a Fact-Finding Mission on the War on Gaza (the Goldstone Mission) 3 April 2009
The Obama Administration Prepares its Peace Initiative with the Arab Side 21 April 2009 - 28 May 2009
War on Gaza: Report of the UN Headquarters Board of Inquiry into Incidents Related to UN Premises 4 May 2009
The Obama Administration Prepares its Peace Initiative with the Israeli Side: The Settlements Issue 18 May 2009 - 1 June 2009
Obama's Speech at Cairo University on the United States and the Muslim World 4 June 2009
Netanyahu's Speech at Bar-Ilan University on Peace and Security for Israel 14 June 2009
Fayyad's Speech at al-Quds University on Setting the Goal for Statehood in Two Years 22 June 2009
US-Israel Disagreement Over the Settlements Freeze 26 June 2009 - 28 July 2009
Hamas's Heavy-Handed Control of a Salafi Group in Gaza 22 July 2009 - 15 August 2009
Israel's Demolition and Eviction Orders Increase in East Jerusalem 2 August 2009 - 9 November 2009
Israel Land Administration Law 3 August 2009
Fatah Sixth General Conference Is Held in Bethlehem 4 August 2009 - 8 August 2009
Fatah Sixth General Conference Renews Its Governing Bodies 8 August 2009 - 11 August 2009
US Resolve on Settlement Freeze Peters Out 19 August 2009 - 22 September 2009
Salam Fayyad's Government Issues “Ending the Occupation, Establishing the State” Plan 25 August 2009 - 24 September 2009
Palestine National Council Special Meeting Is Held in Ramallah 26 August 2009 - 27 August 2009
Egypt's Efforts for Palestinian Reconciliation Fail Once More 9 September 2009 - 25 October 2009
Goldstone Report on the War on Gaza 15 September 2009 - 25 September 2009
Cross-Border Violence, Gaza 20 September 2009 - 3 October 2009
Clashes in East Jerusalem over al-Aqsa Mosque 27 September 2009 - 25 October 2009
The Goldstone Report and Palestinian Erratic Decision-Making 29 September 2009 - 16 October 2009
Israel-Hamas Token Preliminary Prisoner Deal 2 October 2009 - 3 October 2009
Clinton's Disturbing Misstep on Settlements 31 October 2009 - 3 November 2009
General Assembly Resolution A/RES/64/10 5 November 2009
Palestinian Legislative and Presidential Elections Postponed 12 November 2009
Israel Approves a Major Settlement Plan in Gilo, East Jerusalem 17 November 2009
Israel's Temporary and Partial Settlement Freeze 25 November 2009
The Deceptive Settlement Freeze 26 November 2009 - 5 January 2010
PLO Central Council Meeting Is Held in Ramallah 15 December 2009 - 16 December 2009
The US Tries to Launch Israeli-Palestinian Talks Through Letters of Guarantee 16 December 2009 - 4 January 2010
Meaningful Reduction in Rockets Fired from Gaza Since the End of the War Against Gaza 31 December 2009
The US Tries to Launch Israeli-Palestinian “Proximity” Talks 7 January 2010 - 8 February 2010
Establishment of Palestinian National Dignity Fund 12 January 2010 - 18 May 2010
Assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhuh in Dubai 20 January 2010 - 31 January 2010
Palestinian Municipal Elections Announced and Delayed 8 February 2010 - 12 February 2011
Israel Declares Two West Bank Shrines as Part of Its National Heritage Sites 21 February 2010 - 25 February 2010
The Arab League and the PLO Endorse Israeli-Palestinian Proximity Talks 3 March 2010 - 7 March 2010
Israel's Ramat Shlomo Constructions' Plan During Joe Biden's Visit 8 March 2010 - 11 March 2010
US Demands on Israel After the Ramat Shlomo Plan 9 March 2010 - 25 March 2010
Gaza Cross-Border Situation Deteriorates 11 March 2010 - 1 April 2010
The US Shies Away from Its Strong Demands on Israel 19 March 2010 - 30 April 2010
US Offers Ambiguous Assurances to the Palestinians 20 April 2010 - 21 April 2010
With the Arab League Blessing, Israeli-Palestinian Proximity Talks Are Launched 22 April 2010 - 20 May 2010
The Mavi Marmara Incident 30 May 2010 - 5 June 2010
International Reactions to the Mavi Marmara Incident 31 May 2010 - 3 June 2010
Statement of the President of the Security Council S/PRST/2010/9 1 June 2010
Egypt Announces a Restricted Opening of its Border with Gaza after the Mavi Marmara Incident 2 June 2010
The United Nations Human Rights Council Establishes a Fact-Finding Mission on the Mavi Marmara Incident 2 June 2010 - 27 September 2010
Israel Announces Easing of Gaza Blockade 8 June 2010 - 5 July 2010
Israel Forms (Turkel) Commission to Examine the Mavi Marmara Incident 14 June 2010
36th Zionist Congress Meets in Jerusalem 15 June 2010 - 17 June 2010
Israel Resumes Provocative Settlement Measures in East Jerusalem 21 June 2010 - 30 June 2010
President Obama Meets Netanyahu and Pushes the Palestinians for Direct Talks with Israel 6 July 2010 - 23 August 2010
Amid US Pressure for Direct Talks, Provocative Settlement Measures Continue 29 July 2010 - 15 August 2010
The UN Secretary-General Establishes a Panel of Inquiry on the Mavi Marmara Incident (Palmer Commission) 2 August 2010
Direct Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Formally Relaunched in Washington 1 September 2010 - 2 September 2010
Direct Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Held in Sharm al-Shaykh and Jerusalem 14 September 2010 - 15 September 2010
Israel's Temporary and Partial Settlement Freeze Is not Extended 20 September 2010 - 26 September 2010
Escalation in Israel's Settlement Activity 26 September 2010 - 8 November 2010
US Makes Incredible Offer to Israel in Exchange for a Two-Month Partial Settlement Freeze 29 September 2010 - 12 December 2010
Abbas, Backed by the Arab League, Halts Palestinian-Israeli Direct Talks 30 September 2010 - 15 December 2010
The PLO Considers Internationalization as an Alternative to Negotiations 16 October 2010
The Palestinian State: Recognition and Upgrade Drive, Mostly in Latin and Central America and Europe 1 December 2010 - 19 January 2012
Pro-Democracy Revolts and Demonstrations in Several Arab Countries 17 December 2010 - 11 February 2011
Fatah Dispute with Muhammad Dahlan 28 December 2010 - 12 June 2011
al-Jazeera Satellite TV and the Guardian Release the Palestine Papers 23 January 2011
Impact of the Democracy Drive in the Arab World on Palestinian Popular Politics 2 February 2011 - 15 March 2011
Impact of Democracy Drive in the Arab World on Palestinian Official Politics 14 February 2011 - 27 April 2011
Draft Security Council Resolution S/2011/24 18 February 2011
Israel Approves Settlement Expansion 2 March 2011 - 11 August 2011
Two Spates of Clashes Across Gaza Border 16 March 2011 - 10 April 2011
The Knesset Passes the "Nakba Law" 22 March 2011
The Knesset Passes the "Admissions Committees Law" 22 March 2011
The Knesset Passes the Citizenship Law (Amendment No. 10) Conditioning Citizenship on Loyalty 28 March 2011
The Knesset Passes Israel Lands Law (Amendment No. 3) on Foreign Ownership 29 March 2011
Abbas and Mishal Sign in Cairo a Record of Understandings Related to the 2009 National Conciliation Draft Agreement 4 May 2011 - 17 May 2011
On Nakba Day, Palestinians Head Up Toward Cease-Fire Lines with Israel 15 May 2011 - 5 June 2011
Abbas Confirms Palestinian UN Bid for Statehood 16 May 2011
US President Barack Obama Gives a Major Speech on the Middle East 19 May 2011 - 22 May 2011
Diplomatic Efforts to Avert Palestinian Statehood Bid at the UN 2 June 2011 - 11 July 2011
Palestinian Reconciliation Accord Put on Hold 14 June 2011 - 7 August 2011
The Knesset Passes the "Anti-Boycott Law" 11 July 2011
The Knesset Passes Israeli Prisons Law (Amendment No. 40) (Meetings with Lawyers) 3 August 2011
Report of the Panel of Inquiry on the Mavi Marmara Incident (Palmer Commission) 2 September 2011
Despite US, European, and Arab Pressure, Abbas Submits a Request for Full UN Membership 12 September 2011 - 23 September 2011
State of Palestine: Application for Admission to Membership in the United Nations 23 September 2011
The Quartet Proposes a Vague Timetable for the Resumption of Negotiations 23 September 2011 - 14 December 2011
Israel Settlement Activity Taken up Again in Earnest 27 September 2011 - 1 November 2011
Fate of the Palestinian UN Admission Request 28 September 2011 - 8 November 2011
The State of Palestine Becomes Full Member of the UNESCO 5 October 2011 - 31 October 2011
A Prisoner Swap Deal Between Hamas and Israel 11 October 2011
After Palestine's UNESCO Admission, Israel Suspends Transfer of Taxes to the PA 1 November 2011 - 30 November 2011
Israeli Settlement Activity Continues, Including Through Expulsion 12 December 2011 - 28 December 2011
Four Islamic Jihad Members, Administrative Detainees in Israeli Prisons, Go on Hunger Strike 17 December 2011 - 1 April 2012
Palestinian Reconciliation Meetings in Cairo 20 December 2011 - 22 December 2011
Israeli-Palestinian “Exploratory Talks” in Amman 3 January 2012 - 25 January 2012
In Contrast with Islamic Jihad, Hamas Leadership Leaves Syria 17 January 2012 - 12 March 2012
Abbas and Mishal Sign the Doha Declaration and Then Agree on its Suspension 5 February 2012 - 23 February 2012
A Serious Round of Israeli-Palestinian Violence in Gaza 9 March 2012 - 13 March 2012
Sensing an Insurmountable Deadlock, Abbas Sends a Letter to Netanyahu 17 April 2012
Palestinian Mass Hunger Strike in Israeli Prisons 17 April 2012 - 14 May 2012
Israeli Government "Legalizes" Three Jewish Settlement Outposts 22 April 2012 - 24 April 2012
Fayyad's Cabinet Reshuffle 16 May 2012
Fatah and Hamas Sign an Agreement on an Implementation Timetable in Cairo 20 May 2012
Israel’s Settlement Activity 6 June 2012 - 13 August 2012
Another Spate of Israeli-Palestinian Violence in Gaza 17 June 2012 - 23 June 2012
Muhammad Morsi, President of Egypt 30 June 2012
Local Elections in the West Bank Are Announced 10 July 2012 - 5 August 2012
Palestinian-Israeli Exchange of Letters for Cooperation on Taxes and Customs 31 July 2012
Abbas Announces Intent to Apply for Observer State Status in Speech at UN General Assembly 27 September 2012
Dangerous Surge of Israeli-Palestinian Violence in and across Gaza 7 October 2012 - 13 November 2012
Local Elections in the West Bank 20 October 2012 - 22 December 2012
Visit of Qatar’s Emir Shaykh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani to Gaza 23 October 2012
Reelection of President Barack Obama 6 November 2012
Settlement Consolidation in the West Bank, Including Jerusalem 6 November 2012 - 12 November 2012
Israel Launches an Assault on the Gaza Strip, Day 1 14 November 2012
Israel's 2012 Assault on Gaza, Day 2 15 November 2012
Israel's 2012 Assault on Gaza, Day 3 16 November 2012
Palestinians in the West Bank Protest Israel's Assault on Gaza 16 November 2012 - 21 November 2012
Israel's 2012 Assault on Gaza, Day 4 17 November 2012
Israel's 2012 Assault on Gaza, Day 5 18 November 2012
Israel's 2012 Assault on Gaza, Day 6 19 November 2012
Israel's 2012 Assault on Gaza, Day 7 20 November 2012
Israel's 2012 Assault on Gaza: Cease-Fire Evening Announcement 21 November 2012
Israel's 2012 Assault on Gaza, Day 8 21 November 2012
Israel's 2012 Assault on Gaza: A Balance Sheet 22 November 2012
Hamas and Fatah Exchange Reconciliation Gestures 22 November 2012 - 7 February 2013
General Assembly Resolution A/RES/67/19 29 November 2012
Surge in Settlement Expansion 30 November 2012 - 10 February 2013
Israel Freezes Transfer of Tax Revenues to the Palestinian Authority 2 December 2012 - 25 March 2013
Hamas's Khalid Mishal Visits the Gaza Strip 8 December 2012
Symbolic Erection of Bab al-Shams and Bab al-Karama villages in the West Bank 11 January 2013 - 20 January 2013
Early Elections in Israel Bring Back Netanyahu as Prime Minister 22 January 2013 - 18 March 2013
Palestinians' Hunger Strikes in Israeli Prisons 19 February 2013 - 22 April 2013
John Kerry Conducts Shuttle Diplomacy for Resumption of Negotiations 4 March 2013 - 8 May 2013
US President Barack Obama Visits Israel and Bethlehem and Ramallah 20 March 2013 - 21 March 2013
24th Arab Summit Meets in Doha 26 March 2013 - 27 March 2013
Jordanian-Palestinian Agreement on Holy Sites in Jerusalem 31 March 2013
Khalid Mishal Reelected Head of Hamas 1 April 2013 - 2 April 2013
Prime Minister Salam Fayyad Resigns 13 April 2013
Toward Another Hamas-Fatah Agreement in Cairo 27 April 2013 - 14 May 2013
Arab League Delegation in Washington Discusses the Arab Peace Initiative 29 April 2013
Kerry's Shuttle Diplomacy for the Resumption of Talks Intensifies and Apparently Succeeds 23 May 2013 - 19 July 2013
With or Without Negotiations, Israel Continues its Settlement Activities 30 May 2013 - 11 August 2013
Rami Hamdallah Forms New Palestinian Government 2 June 2013 - 6 June 2013
Mohamed Morsi, President of Egypt, Is Ousted by the Military 3 July 2013
Terms of Talk Resumption as Sponsored by Kerry 28 July 2013
Launch of Palestinian-Israeli Direct Negotiations in Washington 29 July 2013 - 30 July 2013
Israel Links the First-Stage Release of Palestinian Prisoners with Settlement Expansion 8 August 2013 - 25 August 2013
Israeli-Palestinian Direct Talks Take Place in Jerusalem 14 August 2013 - 2 September 2013
Israeli-Palestinian Talks Accelerate for Nothing 25 September 2013 - 23 October 2013
Israel Once Again Links the Second-Stage Release of Palestinian Prisoners with Settlement Expansion 29 October 2013 - 3 November 2013
Israel's Settlement Expansion Disrupts the Palestinian Negotiation Team 31 October 2013 - 13 November 2013
Aim of Talks Is No Longer a Comprehensive Agreement but a Framework Agreement 14 November 2013 - 31 January 2014
Trilateral Agreement for a Red Sea-Dead Sea Link 9 December 2013
Third Group of Prisoner Release as Part of Negotiation Resumption Deal 27 December 2013
For the Third Time, Israel Links the Release of Palestinian Prisoners with Settlement Expansion 6 January 2014 - 22 January 2014
Palestinians in the West Bank Protest Israeli Settlement Expansion 31 January 2014 - 7 February 2014
Tension Mounts Over Haram al-Sharif Following Israeli Provocations 4 February 2014 - 26 February 2014
Kerry Draws Up a Working Draft Framework for Negotiations 17 February 2014
Abbas Meeting with Kerry in Paris Ends in Total Failure 19 February 2014 - 21 February 2014
The Knesset Adopts an Amendment to the Knesset Election Law Raising the Qualifying Election Threshold 11 March 2014
The Israeli Knesset Adopts a Basic Law on Referendum 12 March 2014
Heavy Fire Exchange Across the Gaza Strip 12 March 2014 - 13 March 2014
Settlement Plans Continue and Weigh Heavily on Negotiations 13 March 2014 - 20 March 2014
Kerry Prepares Another Working Draft Framework for Negotiations 15 March 2014
Abbas's Meeting With Obama in Washington Tests US Credibility 16 March 2014
Stakes Related to Whether Israel Will Release, as Agreed, the 4th Group of Palestinian Prisoners 17 March 2014 - 29 March 2014
With the Nonrelease of Prisoners, the Palestinian Leadership Applies for Access to 19 International Conventions 1 April 2014
Settlement Announcement in the Midst of a Crisis Regarding the Negotiations 1 April 2014
Despite the Negotiation Crisis, Palestinian and Israeli Representatives Pursue Talks in Jerusalem 3 April 2014 - 22 April 2014
Abbas Sets Three Conditions for Extension of Negotiations 22 April 2014
A PLO-Hamas Agreement (the Shati' Agreement) to Form a Conciliation Cabinet 23 April 2014
Israel Announces the Suspension of Negotiations with the Palestinians 24 April 2014
PLO Central Council Meeting Is Held in Ramallah 26 April 2014 - 27 April 2014
Settlement Balance Sheet with Breakdown of the Kerry Negotiation Round 29 April 2014
Formation of the Palestinian Unity Government 2 June 2014
Israeli and International Reactions to Announcement of Palestinian Unity Government 2 June 2014 - 3 June 2014
Israel Uses the Palestinian Cabinet Formation as a Pretext to Launch a New Wave of Settlement Plans 5 June 2014
Tension Mounts with the Kidnapping of Three Israeli Settlers in the Hebron Region 12 June 2014 - 30 June 2014
Tension and Hostilities Mount Across Gaza 14 June 2014 - 2 July 2014
Battir Landscape Is Inscribed in the World Heritage List 20 June 2014
Muhammad Abu Khdeir, a 16-Year-Old Palestinian, Is Burnt Alive by Settlers in East Jerusalem 2 July 2014
Dangerous Escalation on the Gaza Front 3 July 2014 - 7 July 2014
The 2014 Gaza War Is Launched 7 July 2014 - 21 August 2014
The 2014 Gaza War, Day 1 8 July 2014
Palestinians in West Bank Mobilize in Support of Gaza 8 July 2014 - 22 August 2014
The 2014 Gaza War, Day 2 9 July 2014
The 2014 Gaza War, Day 3 10 July 2014
The 2014 Gaza War, Days 4 and 5 11 July 2014 - 12 July 2014
The 2014 Gaza War, Days 6−8 13 July 2014 - 15 July 2014
Egypt's Noncoordinated Cease-Fire Initiative Fails 14 July 2014 - 16 July 2014
The 2014 Gaza War, Days 9 and 10 16 July 2014 - 17 July 2014
The 2014 Gaza War: Israel Launches Ground Invasion (Phase II) 17 July 2014 - 31 July 2014
The 2014 Gaza War, Days 11 and 12 18 July 2014 - 19 July 2014
The 2014 Gaza War, Days 13-15: Dramatic Surge in the Fighting; Shuja'iyya Destruction 20 July 2014 - 22 July 2014
UN Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/RES/S-21/1 23 July 2014
The 2014 Gaza War, Days 16-20 23 July 2014 - 27 July 2014
The 2014 Gaza War, Days 21-24 28 July 2014 - 31 July 2014
The 2014 Gaza War: The Intermittent Cease-Fires (Phase III) 31 July 2014 - 26 August 2014
The 2014 Gaza War, Day 25: Breakdown of 72-Hour Cease-Fire Due to Activation of the Hannibal Directive 1 August 2014
The 2014 Gaza War, Days 26-28: Fighting Continues 2 August 2014 - 4 August 2014
The 2014 Gaza War, Days 29-31: A 72-Hour Cease-Fire 5 August 2014 - 7 August 2014
The 2014 Gaza War, Days 32-42: Three Days of Fighting Followed by Eight Days of Truce 8 August 2014 - 18 August 2014
The 2014 Gaza War: Cease-Fire Talks in Cairo 11 August 2014 - 18 August 2014
The 2014 Gaza War, Day 43: Israel's Attempt to Assassinate Mohammad Dayf 19 August 2014
The 2014 Gaza War: Days 44-50 20 August 2014 - 26 August 2014
The 2014 Gaza War: Toward an Open-Ended Cease-Fire 23 August 2014 - 26 August 2014
The 2014 Gaza War: A Balance Sheet 26 August 2014
Renewal of Settlement Activity 31 August 2014 - 24 December 2014
Failed Attempt at Empowering the Palestinian Unity Government in Gaza 7 September 2014 - 9 October 2014
The Case of Hamas-Appointed Civil Servants in Gaza 11 September 2014 - 18 December 2014
Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism 16 September 2014
No Effective Resumption of Gaza Postwar Talks in Cairo 23 September 2014
The PLO Strives for a Security Council Resolution Specifying a Timetable for Ending the Occupation 26 September 2014 - 28 November 2014
Heightened Tension at Haram al-Sharif 30 September 2014 - 22 December 2014
International Donor Conference for Gaza Reconstruction 12 October 2014
Steps, Mostly Parliamentary, Toward European Recognition of Palestinian State 13 October 2014 - 22 December 2015
French Efforts in Favor of a Draft UNSC Resolution on Palestinian-Israeli Peace 2 December 2014 - 17 December 2014
Early Elections Announced in Israel 3 December 2014
Ziad Abu Ain Dies After Being Struck by Israeli Soldiers During a Peaceful Demonstration 10 December 2014 - 11 December 2014
Palestinian Leadership Debates End of Security Coordination with Israel 10 December 2014 - 14 December 2014
Conference of High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention 17 December 2014
Draft Security Council Resolution S/2014/916 30 December 2014
President Abbas Signs Acceptance of the ICC Jurisdiction and Accession to the ICC Rome Statute 31 December 2014 - 7 January 2015
Israel Freezes Transfer of Tax Revenues to the Palestinian Authority 1 January 2015 - 21 April 2015
The Palestinian Unity Government Still Does not Administer Gaza 11 January 2015 - 19 April 2015
Israeli Police Acts Against Palestinians in the Negev 14 January 2015 - 27 January 2015
France and Arab League Consider Resuscitating Securty Council Initiative 15 January 2015 - 29 June 2015
Arab Parties in Israel Form a Joint List For the Knesset Elections 22 January 2015
Settlement Construction 30 January 2015
Hamas's Military Wing Outlawed in Egypt 31 January 2015 - 28 February 2015
Palestinian Militants Build and Rebuild “Gate of Jerusalem” Tent Camp in Abu Dis 3 February 2015 - 27 March 2015
Palestinians in the West Bank Boycott Israeli Dairy and Processed Food Products 9 February 2015 - 2 March 2015
A "Reconstruction Hudna" in Gaza? 2 March 2015 - 14 April 2015
PLO Central Council Meeting Is Held in Ramallah 4 March 2015 - 5 March 2015
Palestinian Car Ramming: A New Palestinian Weapon? 6 March 2015 - 14 May 2015
Israeli Elections: Likud's Victory and Strengthening of Arab Representation 17 March 2015 - 19 March 2015
Israel Detains Khalida Jarrar, then Releases Her, then Detains Her again 2 April 2015 - 12 July 2017
The 2014 Gaza War: Report of the UN Headquarters Board of Inquiry into Incidents Affecting UNRWA Schools 27 April 2015
Tony Blair Resigns as Quartet Representative; Quartet Office Redefined 27 May 2015 - 11 June 2015
Reports About Indirect Israel-Hamas Talks on Long-Term Cease-Fire 16 June 2015 - 16 June 2015
UNHRC Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict 22 June 2015
Palestine Submits Files to ICC, and Israel Decides to Interact with It 25 June 2015 - 30 October 2015
Comprehensive Agreement between the Holy See and the State of Palestine 26 June 2015 - 2 January 2016
Settlement Construction 23 July 2015 - 17 November 2015
Clashes at Haram al-Sharif 26 July 2015
The Knesset Passes Amendment Allowing Force-Feeding of Prisoners on Hunger Strike 29 July 2015
Settlers Set Fire to Two Palestinian Family Homes in Duma, West Bank 31 July 2015 - 9 August 2015
Tension Escalates at Haram al-Sharif 2 August 2015 - 28 September 2015
General Assembly Resolution A/RES/69/320 10 September 2015
With the Haram al-Sharif Tensions, Protests Spread to the Occupied Territories 13 September 2015 - 30 September 2015
Abbas Outlines Six Potential Legal Steps in Speech at the UNGA 30 September 2015
A Day of Escalation in the West Bank 1 October 2015
A Third Intifada or a Temporary Outburst? 2 October 2015 - 31 January 2016
Israel's Policy Toward the Palestinian Outburst 4 October 2015 - 13 October 2015
Palestinians in Israel Express their Concern and Solidarity with the Palestinian Outburst 5 October 2015 - 28 November 2015
37th Zionist Congress, Jerusalem 20 October 2015 - 22 October 2015
Cameras at Haram al-Sharif? 22 October 2015 - 26 October 2015
EU Guidelines on Goods from the Occupied Territories 11 November 2015
Israel Outlaws the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement 16 November 2015 - 28 November 2015
Muhammad al-Qeeq Stages a 94-day Hunger Strike and Compels His Jailers to Release Him 21 November 2015 - 21 May 2016
Israel Kills Samir Quntar; Hizballah Responds 19 December 2015 - 4 January 2016
Three-Month Balance Sheet of the Palestinian Outburst 31 December 2015
Smaller-Scale Palestinian-Israeli Violence and Israeli Repression Continue 1 January 2016 - 30 June 2016
The EU and the Middle East Peace Process 18 January 2016
France Plans to Resume its Peace Initiative 29 January 2016 - 16 February 2016
Sanctions Against 3 Palestinian Knesset Members 4 February 2016 - 8 February 2016
Palestinian Teachers Go on Strike in the West Bank 7 February 2016 - 12 March 2016
Three Rounds of Hamas-Fatah Talks in Doha Come to Naught 7 February 2016 - 18 June 2016
The US, Egypt, Jordan and Israel Hold a Secret Summit Meeting in Aqaba 21 February 2016
To Satisfy Israel, France Backpedals on an Important Component of its Peace Initiative 9 March 2016 - 23 May 2016
Israel Pursues its Confiscation of Palestinian Land in the West Bank 10 March 2016 - 21 April 2016
Palestinians Thwart the Setting Up of Cameras at Haram al-Sharif 18 March 2016 - 18 April 2016
The UN Human Rights Council Decides to Establish a Database of Firms Contributing to Israeli Settlement Activities 24 March 2016
Five-Day Violence Along the Gaza Strip Border 3 May 2016 - 7 May 2016
France Hosts a Ministerial Meeting as First Stage of its Peace Initiative 3 June 2016
In Retaliation to Palestinian Attacks, Yatta and Hebron Towns Are Collectively Targeted 8 June 2016 - 11 August 2016
The Knesset Adopts the "Anti-Terror" (Counter-Terrorism) Law 15 June 2016
Attempts at Holding Palestinian Municipal Elections 21 June 2016 - 31 January 2017
Provocative Israeli Decision Related to Haram al-Sharif 26 June 2016 - 5 July 2016
The Quartet Issues a Report on the Impediments to Palestinian-Israeli Settlement 1 July 2016
The PLO Executive Committee Decides to Boycott the Quartet 3 July 2016 - 10 July 2016
The Knesset adopts the NGO “Funding Transparency” Law 11 July 2016
Continued Violation of the Status Quo at Haram al-Sharif 12 July 2016
Amendment No. 44 of Basic Law: The Knesset Allows Dismissal of Members 19 July 2016
Continued Israeli Settlement Activity and Destruction of Palestinian Infrastructure 27 July 2016 - 7 December 2016
A Doubtful Israel-Palestinian Postal Service Memorandum of Understanding 4 September 2016 - 15 August 2018
Abbas Launches at the UN Diplomatic Activity for a Security Council Resolution on Israeli Settlements 22 September 2016 - 22 December 2016
The Convening of Fatah's 7th General Conference Is Announced in Effort to Consolidate Abbas's Leadership 1 November 2016
Donald Trump Is Elected the 45th American President 8 November 2016
President-Elect Trump for the "Ultimate Deal" Between Israel and the Palestinians 11 November 2016
Fatah 7th General Conference Renews Its Governing Bodies 29 November 2016 - 4 December 2016
Fatah’s 7th General Conference 29 November 2016 - 4 December 2016
Assassination of Muhammad Zuwari in Sfax 15 December 2016
Security Council Resolution S/RES/2334 23 December 2016
Kerry's "Farewell" Speech on Palestinian-Israeli Peace 28 December 2016
Palestinian Reconciliation Meetings Renewed in Doha, Beirut and Moscow, with No Results 5 January 2017 - 17 January 2017
Palestinian Attacks Against Soldiers and Settlers 8 January 2017 - 26 September 2017
Israeli-Palestinian Joint Water Committee Reactivated 15 January 2017
Paris Conference for Peace in the Middle East 15 January 2017 - 16 January 2017
Donald Trump Is Officially Inaugurated as the 45th American President 20 January 2017
Israel Races for Settlement Activities with an Eye on Trump 22 January 2017 - 1 February 2017
First Trump Administration Statement on Israeli Settlements 2 February 2017
Settlers Attempt to Modify the Status Quo at Haram al-Sharif 5 February 2017 - 24 May 2017
The Israeli Knesset Passes a Law Regularizing Settlements Retroactively 6 February 2017
Yahya Sinwar Elected Head of Gaza's Hamas Political Bureau 13 February 2017
Trump's Ambiguous Statement on Palestinian-Israeli Issues after his First Meeting as President with Netanyahu 15 February 2017
Popular Conference for Palestinians Abroad Meets in Istanbul 25 February 2017 - 26 February 2017
Israel's State Comptroller Publishes Report on Gaza 2014 War 28 February 2017
Israel’s Knesset Passes Amendment No. 28 to Entry into Israel Law 6 March 2017
Palestinians Protest Israel's Killing of Basel al-Araj and Palestinian-Israeli Security Coordination 6 March 2017 - 28 March 2017
First Phone Contact Between Trump and Abbas 10 March 2017 - 12 March 2017
Amendment No. 46 of Basic Law: The Knesset Gives Additional Reasons for Disqualifying Arab Candidates 14 March 2017
Hamas Forms a Committee to Administer Gaza Strip 16 March 2017
Israel Names the Palestine National Fund a Terrorist Organization for Assisting Prisoners' Families 16 March 2017
US-Israel Preliminary Talks on Settlements 19 March 2017 - 23 March 2017
The Knesset Adopts Amendment No. 116 to the Planning and Building Law (Kaminitz Law) 5 April 2017
Palestinians Start Hunger Strike in Israeli Prisons 17 April 2017 - 26 May 2017
Gaza and the Electricity Issue 27 April 2017 - 1 August 2017
Hamas New Charter 1 May 2017
PLO President Mahmoud Abbas Meets with US President Donald Trump at the White House 3 May 2017
Ismail Haniyeh Elected Head of Hamas Political Bureau 6 May 2017
Municipal Elections in the West Bank 13 May 2017
President Trump's Visit to Jerusalem and Bethlehem 22 May 2017 - 23 May 2017
Palestinian Prisoners in Israel End Hunger Strike 27 May 2017
Trump Signs the 6-Month Waiver Delaying the Application of the Jerusalem Embassy Act 1 June 2017
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt Sever Economic and Diplomatic Ties with Qatar 5 June 2017
The PA Forces Early Retirement on Part of Its Employees in Gaza 4 July 2017
Old Cities of Jerusalem and Hebron Inscribed as World Heritage in Danger 4 July 2017 - 7 July 2017
White House Statement on Israeli Settlement Activity 5 July 2017
Israel Closes Off the Haram al-Sharif Following a Palestinian Operation in the Old City of Jerusalem 14 July 2017 - 15 July 2017
Palestinian Official Response to Israel's Measures over the Haram al-Sharif 14 July 2017 - 21 July 2017
Palestinian Popular Response to Israel's Measures over the Haram al-Sharif 16 July 2017 - 23 July 2017
A Unified Lebanese Vision on Issues of Palestinian Refugees Living in Lebanon 20 July 2017
Two Jordanians Killed at Israeli Embassy in Amman 23 July 2017 - 24 July 2017
As Israel Backtracks on Its Measures Concerning the Haram al-Sharif, Palestinian Pressure Continues and Succeeds 24 July 2017 - 4 August 2017
Trump's Aides Seem Ready to Embark on Devising a Peace Plan 24 August 2017
The Internal Palestinian Reconciliation Process Is Relaunched with Some Credibility This Time 26 August 2017
The State of Palestine Admitted as Full Member of Interpol 27 September 2017
Fatah and Hamas Sign in Cairo an Agreement to End Palestinian Division 12 October 2017
Israeli and US Reactions to the Fatah-Hamas Agreement in Cairo 17 October 2017 - 19 October 2017
100-Year Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration 1 November 2017 - 2 November 2017
Despite a Good Start, the Egypt-Sponsored Fatah-Hamas Agreement Finally Fails 1 November 2017 - 10 December 2017
The Fate of the PLO Diplomatic Office in Washington 17 November 2017
President Trump Announces the Official US Recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel 6 December 2017
Palestinian Diplomatic Activity after US Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's Capital 6 December 2017 - 20 December 2017
Popular Protests Against US Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's Capital 7 December 2017 - 31 December 2017
Emergency Meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Jerusalem 13 December 2017
Draft SC S/2017/1060 to Oppose Establishment of Diplomatic Missions in Jerusalem 18 December 2017
Abbas Signs 22 Treaties as a Response to Trump's Move on Jerusalem 18 December 2017
UNGA ES-10/19 Opposes Establishment of Diplomatic Missions in Jerusalem 21 December 2017
With Trump as President, Huge Settlement Growth in 2017 31 December 2017