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  • Iran, six powers push to salvage momentum for nuclear deal

    June 17, 2014 | 10:14 am

    Iran and six world powers re-launched talks on Tuesday to try to salvage a deal on Tehran's nuclear activity by a July deadline, striving to prevent a long-time standoff from descending into a wider Middle East war.

    With time running short if a risky extension of the nuclear...

  • E.U. donates $335m to UNRWA

    June 6, 2014 | 1:20 pm

    The European Union approved a $335 million contribution to UNRWA, the United Nations agency responsible for people it defines as Palestinian refugees.

    The contribution, which will go to UNRWA‘s General Fund for core services for the period 2014-2016, was announced on Wednesday at...

  • Israel will not sign EU agreements with settlement guidelines

    August 8, 2013 | 10:15 am

    Israel reportedly wants modifications in the European Union’s new guidelines barring funding for ventures in the occupied territories before it signs any new agreements with the EU.

    The decision to ask the EU to reword, or “clarify,” the guidelines was made Thursday at a meeting...

  • Why peace talks will fail

    By David Suissa

    August 7, 2013 | 10:52 am

    The conventional wisdom is that the revived Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are doomed to fail. The popular reason cited is that “the maximum the Israelis can offer is less than the minimum the Palestinians can accept.” 

    From a pragmatic view, that may well be true, but I think...

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  • EU’s Ashton to draft labeling guidelines for settlement products

    July 23, 2013 | 10:42 am

    European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will draft guidelines by the end of the year requiring all products from Israeli settlements to be labeled accordingly.

    In a letter sent earlier this month and revealed this week by Haaretz, Ashton asked several EU...

  • Bulgaria reveals new evidence on Hezbollah-Burgas link

    June 20, 2013 | 10:16 am

    Bulgaria claims it has previously undisclosed evidence that further implicates Hezbollah in a deadly terrorist attack last year on Bulgarian soil, JTA has learned.

    A Bulgarian representative to the European Union said Wednesday that investigators have discovered that a Hezbollah...

  • Powers to offer Iran sanctions relief at nuclear talks

    February 25, 2013 | 1:38 pm

    Major powers will offer Iran some sanctions relief during talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, this week if Tehran agrees to curb its nuclear program, a U.S. official said on Monday.

    But the Islamic Republic could face more economic pain if it fails to address international concerns...

  • Netanyahu visits Gilo to defend Jerusalem construction

    October 23, 2012 | 9:22 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo following an international outcry over the approval of nearly 800 apartments there.

    "United Jerusalem is Israel's eternal capital. We have full rights to build in it. We have built in Jerusalem, we are...

  • EU’s Ashton condemns ‘hateful’ Iran remarks on Israel

    August 21, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    The EU foreign policy chief said on Saturday that comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who called Israel a “cancerous tumor” with no place in a future Middle East, were “outrageous and hateful”.

    Catherine Ashton’s language was unusually forthright for the West’s chief...

  • Iran, world powers fail to settle nuclear dispute

    June 19, 2012 | 2:07 pm

    World powers and Iran failed to secure a breakthrough at talks on Tehran’s nuclear program on Tuesday and set no date for more political negotiations, despite the threat of a new Middle East conflict if diplomacy collapses.

    European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said...

  • April 17, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 17, 2012 | 3:47 am

    How Iran Talks Came Back From Verge ‎of Collapse

    Laura Rozen of Al-Monitor offers an exclusive look at how EU foreign policy chief ‎Catherine Ashton was instrumental in keeping the latest round of negotiations with ‎Iran afloat. ‎

    Ashton has earned “a status as a...

  • Israeli leaders condemn remarks by EU’s Ashton

    March 20, 2012 | 10:29 am

    Israeli leaders condemned remarks by European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton which appeared to compare the Toulouse victims to deaths in Gaza, while Ashton said her words were “grossly distorted.”

    At a conference Monday in Brussels on Palestinian refugees, Ashton...

  • Ashton on Toulouse; Obama on Iran; Goldberg on Beinart

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 20, 2012 | 9:15 am

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    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is far from being my favorite diplomat. But I’ll give her a pass and won’t join the barrage of attacks from Israeli leaders. Here’s what she said: “When we think about what happened today in Toulouse, we remember what happened in Norway...

  • EU covers Israel’s suspended tax money to PA

    May 6, 2011 | 12:10 pm

    The European Union approved an extra $124 million in emergency aid to the Palestinians to supplement tax moneys frozen by Israel.

    “It is important that access to essential public services remains uninterrupted and the right to social services is respected,” Reuters on Friday quoted...

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