Netanyahu says will discuss with Trump bad Iran nuclear deal | Reuters

Dec 5, 2016   

By Jeffrey Heller | JERUSALEM JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he will discuss with Donald Trump the West’s “bad” nuclear deal with Iran after the U.S. president-elect enters the White House.During the U.S. election campaign, Trump, a Republican, called last year’s nuclear pact a “disaster” and “the worst deal ever negotiated”.

Palestinian President Abbas gets boost in Fatah congress vote | Reuters

Dec 4, 2016   

By Ali Sawafta | RAMALLAH, West Bank RAMALLAH, West Bank Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas kept a strong grip on his Fatah movement in an election in which his loyalists remained dominant in its top decision-making body, final results showed on Sunday.The outcome of the voting, held on Saturday during the first congress of Abbas’s Fatah party for seven years, signalled no change in a policy of pursuing a two-state solution with Israel, Palestinian political analysts said.The meeting came at a challenging time for the 81-year-old leader, following Donald Trump’s election in the United States, an event many Israelis see favourable for settlement-building on occupied land Palestinians seek for their own state. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been stalled since 2014.Official results of the Fatah Central Committee (FCC) election showed that least 16 of the 18 seats up for election went to Abbas loyalists.