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  • Tokyo bank freezes Iranian assets

    May 18, 2012 | 10:40 am

    A Japanese bank has halted transactions by the Iranian government in response to a U.S. court ordering a $2.6 billion asset freeze over the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut.

    A spokesman for the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UJF confirmed the move to the Agence...

  • Clinton unfreezes Palestinian aid despite congressional objection

    April 17, 2012 | 10:45 am

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton overruled a hold by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) on Palestinian aid, allowing $147 million U.S. funds to flow to the West Bank and Gaza.

    The aid package is expected to move forward even though it is not...

  • U.S. releases $40 million to PA

    December 30, 2011 | 11:53 am

    The United States transferred $40 million in foreign assistance to the Palestinians. 

    The Associated Press reported Thursday that congressional lawmakers released the funds, which amount to 20 percent of the $187 million in foreign assistance from fiscal year 2011 that was held up...

  • Netanyahu freezes civil conversion bill

    January 10, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has extended a moratorium on a civil conversion bill for another six months.

    The bill proposed last year by Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu Party allows municipal rabbis to handle conversions—few may do so now—and permits only the...

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  • Livni says Israel should freeze settlement building

    December 13, 2010 | 11:32 am

    Israel should have instituted a second settlement building freeze in exchange for U.S. guarantees, Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni said on ABC News.

    “In choosing between building more buildings or making peace, I prefer to make peace,” Livni said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week...

  • Palestinians reject offer of recognition in exchange for freeze

    October 11, 2010 | 1:16 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would reinstate a West Bank construction freeze if the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

    Netanyahu made the offer Monday in a wide-ranging speech at the opening of the Knesset’s winter session.

    “If the Palestinian leadership...

  • Why Israel allowed the settlement freeze to expire

    September 28, 2010 | 2:05 pm

    In the four weeks since direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resumed, settlement construction has been identified widely as the most immediate obstacle to the survival of negotiations.

    In media accounts about the diplomatic standoff over the issue, Israel’s decision not to...

  • Netanyahu’s choice

    September 21, 2010 | 2:58 pm

    The State of Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are fast approaching a fork in the road.

    Down one path lies a future of settlement expansion, continued control over the entire West Bank and a population under Israeli rule in which non-Jews outnumber Jews.

    Some Israelis...

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