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  • Ukraine separatists reject diplomatic deal to disarm

    3 days ago

    Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down.

    The agreement, brokered by the United States,...

  • U.S., EU set sanctions as Putin recognizes Crimea ‘sovereignty’

    March 17, 2014 | 12:43 pm

    The United States and European Union imposed personal sanctions on Monday on Russian and Crimean officials involved in the seizure of Crimea from Ukraine as Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the region as a sovereign state.

    The moves heightened the most...

  • Once upon a climate change

    By Marty Kaplan

    February 24, 2014 | 12:57 pm

    Those who tell the stories rule the world, it’s said, but it’s hard to tell a story unless you know the ending.

    We don’t yet know the ending of the climate change story.  The beginning of the ending, though, happened in Kyoto, Japan in 1997, where delegates from 37 industrialized...

  • Looking at Kiev, through blood and fire

    February 20, 2014 | 10:21 am

    The scenes from Kiev are reminiscent of Cairo in 2011 — or perhaps the Battle of Stalingrad or revolutionary Paris. A ring of burning barricades surrounds the stage on which opposition leaders, European Union parliament members and protesters speak. Images in the news are filled...

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  • Israel, EU reach research deal, finessing settlement issue

    November 26, 2013 | 1:54 pm

    Israel struck a compromise deal with the European Union on Tuesday allowing it to join a prestigious EU scientific research project, Israeli government sources said, resolving a dispute over Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

    Israeli participation had been jeopardized by new EU...

  • Kerry to join Iran nuclear talks in bid to reach deal

    November 22, 2013 | 6:18 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will join talks on Iran's contested nuclear program in Geneva on Saturday, as Tehran and six world powers appeared to be on the verge of an elusive breakthrough in the decade-old dispute.

    The French, British and German foreign ministers, Laurent...

  • EU official lauds Israel for treating injured Syrians

    November 13, 2013 | 1:18 pm

    A European Union official based in Israel praised the Jewish state for providing medical treatment to Syrian civilians injured in their country’s civil war.

    EU Ambassador-designate Lars Faaborg-Andersen on Wednesday visited the Ziv Medical Center in Safed to see the care being...

  • Rihanna’s Israeli controversy , a call from space, Movie Day and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 28, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    Did Rihanna say “All I see is Palestine?”

    Haaretz.com claimed she did, in the middle of her performance in Tel-Aviv. The news spread quickly and even reached The Huffington Post, until The Times of Israel revealed the accusations aimed to the Israel-fan pop star were not true. 

    ...
  • Pakistani teenager, shot by Taliban, wins EU human rights prize

    October 10, 2013 | 1:16 pm

    Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for education for girls, won the European Union's annual human rights award on Thursday, beating fugitive U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden.

    The 16-year-old was attacked last year while on...

  • Holland opposes banning any Israeli product, Dutch premier says

    September 23, 2013 | 4:49 pm

    The Netherlands opposes any kind of import ban on Israeli products, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said, though it must enforce European Union legislation on labeling settlement goods.

    “I would like to stress that the Netherlands opposes any type of import ban or the boycott of...

  • Stick to Israeli settlement guidelines, ex-European leaders urge EU

    September 16, 2013 | 3:49 pm

    Former European officials and heads of state called on the European Union not to relax new guidelines on Israeli settlements.

    Fifteen members of the European Eminent Persons Group sent a letter Monday to EU foreign ministers urging them to keep in place the guidelines, which make...

  • Israel lobbying U.S., EU to support Egypt’s military government

    August 19, 2013 | 7:59 am

    The Israeli government is pressing its efforts to convince the United States and the European Union to support the military-backed government in Egypt.

    The New York Times reported late Sunday that Israeli ambassadors in Washington and the European capitals will lobby foreign...

  • Powerless West gropes for way to sway Egypt

    August 15, 2013 | 9:14 am

    Having failed to dissuade Egypt's military-dominated rulers from launching a bloody crackdown on supporters of an ousted Islamist president, Western governments are venting condemnation and groping for ways to influence the outcome.

    The United States and the European Union tried...

  • 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...

  • Iran, U.S. waiting for other side to make nuclear compromise

    August 7, 2013 | 9:51 am

    The presidency of moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani has opened a window of opportunity in Iran's delicate nuclear diplomacy with the West but Tehran-watchers say that window could close as each side waits for the other to make the first move.

    Cautious optimism about talks between...

  • Lawmakers praise EU while urging terror label for entire Hezbollah

    August 6, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    A letter signed by 49 members of Congress thanked the European Union for designating Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist organization but strongly urged the EU to do the same for all of Hezbollah.

    Designating Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist group “helps to align our...

  • Israel blocks EU projects in West Bank

    July 26, 2013 | 11:53 am

    Israel has blocked the European Union from aiding tens of thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank, in retaliation for an EU ban on financial assistance to Israeli organizations in the territories.

    The EU imposed its restrictions last week, citing its frustration over the...

  • EU ban on Hezbollah branch a start, but impact is likely limited

    July 23, 2013 | 1:46 pm

    The effectiveness of the European Union’s decision to blacklist only Hezbollah’s military wing might be debatable, but one thing about the move seems certain: It did not come easy.

    The decision Monday by Europe’s 28 foreign ministers to put Hezbollah’s military wing on the...

  • 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...

  • EU adds Hezbollah’s military wing to terrorism list

    July 22, 2013 | 10:26 am

    The European Union agreed on Monday to put the armed wing of Hezbollah on its terrorism blacklist, a move driven by concerns over the Lebanese militant group's involvement in a deadly bus bombing in Bulgaria and the Syrian war.

    The powerful Lebanese Shi'ite movement, an ally of...

  • Report: E.U. close to branding Hezbollah military wing a terrorist group

    July 19, 2013 | 10:09 am

    A senior EU official said the union is moving closer to declaring the military wing of the Lebanese political party Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

    The Associated Press on Friday reported that the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the EU could make a...

  • July 18, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 18, 2013 | 3:33 am

    The US

    Headline: Obama’s UN Envoy Nominee Power Pledges to Defend Israel

    To Read: Rosa Brooks writes about how American paranoia about anything government makes people overly suspicious about some pretty good journalism the State has been producing-

     Okay, I guess I get...

  • EU issues new guidelines on West Bank — but do they matter?

    July 17, 2013 | 10:04 am

    There’s been much handwringing this week about a set of new European Union directives that render Israeli projects in eastern Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and the West Bank ineligible for EU funding or grants.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued an indignant...

  • BDS becomes law in the EU: Why the European Union’s boycott of Israeli products is wrong

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 17, 2013 | 6:03 am

    According to a new guideline adopted by the European Union, contracts between EU member states and Israel must include a clause stating that east Jerusalem and the West Bank are not part of the State of Israel and therefore not part of the contract. This means that any cooperation,...

  • July 17, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 17, 2013 | 3:28 am

    The US

    Headline:  Samantha Power’s Senate hearing has amicable prelude

    To Read: Three Iran experts- Luers, Pickering, and Walsh- point out the limits of coercion in America's dealings with Teheran-

    If the United States is to reach an agreement with Iran about its nuclear...

  • New guidelines make West Bank entities ineligible for EU grants

    July 16, 2013 | 12:54 pm

    Israeli entities and activities in the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights are ineligible for European Union grants and prizes under new guidelines adopted by the European Commission.

    The guidelines adopted on June 30, set out in a statement issued Tuesday by the...

  • Egypt receives Arab billions, names prime minister

    July 9, 2013 | 10:45 am

    Egypt named an interim prime minister on Tuesday and rich Gulf states poured in $8 billion in aid, as the biggest Arab nation sought ways out of a crisis a day after troops killed dozens of Islamists.

    Interim head of state Adli Mansour announced a faster-than-expected timetable...

  • 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...

  • EU envoy targets settlements

    June 12, 2013 | 5:32 pm

    Israel’s settlement building is increasingly isolating the country in Europe, leading to European Union policies that could reinforce Israel’s delegitimization, according to the top EU representative to the peace process.

    Andreas Reinicke, the EU’s special envoy for the Middle...

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