Hamas

Erdogan puts his Hamas connection back in the limelight

This week kicked off with Turkish President Erdogan stating that 1000 Hamas members were being treated in Turkey, a comment that Turkish officials tried to walk back, saw The Times report that Hamas may have been planning to establish a base in Turkey, and culminated with the Turkish leader suggesting that Israel would "set its sights" on Turkey if it defeated Hamas in Gaza.

Israel to abolish free trade deal with Turkey in retaliation

Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich on Thursday said Israel would abolish its free trade agreement with Turkey and also impose a 100% tariff on other imports from Turkey in retaliation for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's decision to halt exports to Israel.

The plan, he said, would be submitted to the cabinet for approval.

Netanyahu under fire over post-war plan for Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces increasing pressure from critics at home and allies abroad, especially the United States, to present a plan for governance, security and rebuilding of the war-torn Gaza Strip.

For the first time, late on May 15, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant publicly spoke out against the policy being led by Netanyahu.

Ireland to recognise Palestinian statehood 'this month': minister

Ireland is certain to recognise Palestinian statehood by the end of May, the country's foreign minister said Wednesday, without specifying a date.

"We will be recognising the state of Palestine before the end of the month," Micheal Martin, who is also Ireland's deputy prime minister, told the Newstalk radio station.

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