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  • Netanyahu pessimistic on Mideast peace prospects

    January 29, 2012 | 11:17 am

    Peace prospects with the Palestinians are looking poor, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday after exploratory talks aimed at relaunching negotiations ended in deadlock.

    “As things stand now, according to what happened over the past few days - when the...

  • Must Read, January 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 29, 2012 | 4:26 am

    The Arab Spring is an opportunity for Israel

    In an article that appears in the Daily News Egypt, Natalia Simanovsky of Common Ground believes that with the right approach, Israel should not write the Arab Spring as a disaster.

    “The Arab Spring and the new landscape that has...

  • Palestinians unmoved as Israel presents border ideas

    January 27, 2012 | 8:54 am

    Israel has presented Palestinians with its ideas for the borders and security arrangements of a future Palestinian state, in a bid to keep exploratory talks alive, Palestinian and Israeli sources said on Friday.

    However, Palestinian officials said the verbal presentation by Israeli...

  • Israel arrests two Hamas officials at Red Cross office

    January 23, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    Israeli police detained on Monday two senior Hamas members who had been sheltering for more than 18 months in the compound of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in East Jerusalem.

    Mohammed Totah, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and Khaled Abu...

  • Must Read, January 23, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 23, 2012 | 4:19 am

    Buoyed by ‘Islamic Spring,’ Hamas considers new direction

    Joshua Mitnik of Christian Science Monitor ponders what’s next for Hamas, following the resignation of its political leader Khaled Meshal.

    “Recent upheaval in the Middle East has been a mixed bag for Hamas. On the one hand,...

  • Two Palestinians planting bombs killed by Israeli troops

    January 18, 2012 | 10:52 am

    Two Palestinians were reported killed in an Israeli military strike near the Gaza border.

    Israeli troops fired Wednesday on Palestinians that the Israeli military said were placing explosives near the border fence in order to harm or kidnap Israeli soldiers. Two other Palestinians...

  • Hamas chief Meshal to step down

    January 17, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal will soon step down from his position because of term limits, a Hamas official said.

    Meshaal, who assumed his position in 1996, must leave at the end of his term because he is limited to the two terms he has already served, an unnamed senior...

  • IDF official: Nuclear Iran may curb Israeli border wars

    January 17, 2012 | 8:37 am

    A nuclear-armed Iran could deter Israel from going to war against Tehran’s guerrilla allies in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, a senior Israeli general said on Tuesday.

    The Jewish state sees the makings of a mortal threat in Iran’s uranium enrichment and missile programs, and has...

  • Meshaal: Palestinian unity will lead to mass protests

    December 23, 2011 | 2:12 pm

    Palestinian unity will spur mass popular protests against Israel, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said.

    “Now we have a common ground that we can work on—the popular resistance, which presents the power of people,” Meshaal said Thursday in an interview with the Associated Press in Cairo,...

  • Hamas to join PLO in unity bid

    December 22, 2011 | 10:38 am

    Hamas will join the Palestine Liberation Organization, a further step toward Palestinian unity.

    The deal to admit Hamas was struck Thursday in Cairo during meetings of rival Palestinian factions working to unify the Palestinian leadership, the Associated Press reported.

    Under the...

  • Israel frees 550 Palestinians in Shalit swap

    December 19, 2011 | 12:02 am

    Israel released 550 Palestinian prisoners Sunday in the second stage of a deal with Hamas that brought home soldier Gilad Shalit after five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip.

    While many of the 450 prisoners freed on October 18 in the first phase of the Egyptian-brokered prisoner...

  • Australian citizen admits to spying for Hamas

    December 13, 2011 | 11:17 am

    An Australian citizen pleaded guilty to charges of spying for Hamas.

    Eyad Rashid Abu Arja, who is Palestinian-born and holds dual Jordanian citizenship, was detained in Tel Aviv in March on charges of “activities on behalf of an illegal organization”.

    Hamas is classified as a...

  • Hamas reportedly leaving Damascus

    December 8, 2011 | 10:14 am

    Hamas is reportedly thinning its ranks in Damascus as pan-Arab pressure builds on the Syrian regime.

    Diplomats said this week that the Palestinian Islamist group, which has long had its headquarters in the Syrian capital, has been quietly relocating staff to Gaza following the Arab...

  • IDF: Gaza strike killed terrorist planning attack on Egypt border

    December 8, 2011 | 8:26 am

    An Israeli air strike on a car killed two militants and wounded two other men on a crowded Gaza street Thursday, the Israeli army and local medical officials said.

    The men were identified as Essam Al-Batsh and Sobhi Al-Batsh, relatives initially identified as brothers.

    Hundreds of...

  • Prime Minister Fayyad: ‘Unity and Non-violence’ requisites for statehood

    November 29, 2011 | 9:55 am

    With skepticism rife over a Fatah-Hamas rapprochement and the Hamas demand to replace him, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, the man credited with energizing the movement toward statehood and the man Western governments want holding the PA’s purse strings, discusses the...

  • Abbas, Mashaal hail Palestinian unity

    November 25, 2011 | 12:27 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal said they turned a “new page” in Palestinian unity after meeting in Cairo.

    Thursday’s meeting was the first time the Palestinian leaders had met face to face since they signed a reconciliation deal in May....

  • Jordan’s king backs Palestinian leader

    November 21, 2011 | 8:18 am

    King Abdullah of Jordan made a rare trip to the West Bank on Monday to display support for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who is seeking to make peace with his Islamist rivals Hamas, and push for a resumption of peace talks with Israel.

    In his first visit to the area...

  • Fatah, Hamas agree to establish caretaker government without Palestinian PM Fayyad

    November 15, 2011 | 6:09 pm

    Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas agreed to hold elections next May and are due to establish a caretaker government in the coming weeks which will exclude Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Palestinian sources said Tuesday.

    According to Palestinian sources, a breakthrough in...

  • French consul injured after Israeli raid on Gaza

    November 15, 2011 | 8:21 am

    France’s consul to the Gaza Strip, his wife and 13-year-old daughter were injured during an Israeli air strike on Sunday night, French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said.

    Valero told reporters the three were hit by shrapnel at their residence in Gaza, which is located...

  • Fayyad may quit for sake of Palestinian unity

    November 14, 2011 | 8:29 am

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad signaled on Monday he is ready to step aside to help reconcile the two rival factions of the Palestinian national movement and pave the way for presidential and parliamentary elections.

    The departure of the U.S.-educated former World...

  • Shalit drew, kept journal in captivity

    November 7, 2011 | 10:32 am

    Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit drew and kept a journal while being held by Hamas in Gaza.

    Shalit was required to leave behind his sketches and record of his captivity when he was released, Yediot Achronot reported.

    He also was given a radio and an exercise bicycle, Reuters reported, citing unnamed Israeli officials. He reportedly picked up some Arabic while in custody.

    Shalit had surgery late last week to remove several pieces of shrapnel that lodged in his hand during his capture. The surgery was deemed successful.

  • Gaza rocket injures foreign worker in Israel

    November 6, 2011 | 7:18 pm

    Rockets fired from Gaza on southern Israel over the weekend injured a foreign worker.

    Two rockets fired at southern Israel on Saturday night landed near Ashkelon. A foreign worker from Thailand suffered shrapnel wounds in the attack.

    A rocket from Gaza had landed in the same area on Friday night. Following that strike, the Israeli Air Force a night later attacked an Islamic Jihad terrorist cell in southern Gaza preparing to launch a rocket into Israel, according to reports. The Israeli strike killed one of the cell members, Palestinian sources told reporters.

  • PA to provide housing for released prisoners

    November 6, 2011 | 6:52 pm

    The Palestinian Authority will provide housing for the Palestinian prisoners released in the Shalit swap.

    PA President Mahmoud Abbas made the announcement Saturday during a meeting with some of the ex-prisoners at his headquarters in Ramallah, according to reports.

    Some 477...

  • France won’t vote on Palestinian statehood

    November 4, 2011 | 1:33 pm

    France will abstain from voting on whether to admit Palestine as a full member of the United Nations.

    The French Foreign Ministry said Friday it sees no chance of Palestine’s statehood request passing the Security Council because the United States, which holds veto power, has...

  • Gilad Shalit undergoes surgery to repair abduction injuries

    November 4, 2011 | 9:43 am

    Gilad Shalit has undergone surgery to repair wounds from his 2006 abduction.

    The successful surgery Friday at Rambam Hospital in Haifa removed seven pieces of shrapnel in Shalit’s hand, according to news reports.

    Shalit was released from captivity two and a half weeks ago in exchange for over a thousand Palestinian prisoners. He will spend his second weekend of freedom at Rambam for observation.

    Earlier this week, a lawmaker from the haredi Orthodox Shas Party, Menshulam Nahiri, criticized Shalit for not spending his first weekend in synagogue.

  • PA minister: No further U.N. agency bids

    November 3, 2011 | 11:56 am

    The Palestinian Authority foreign minister denied plans to seek statehood status in 16 United Nations-affiliated groups.

    Riyad al-Malki denied on Thursday denied a claim earlier this week by a Palestinian diplomat in Geneva that the Palestinian Authority would attempt to replicate...

  • Shas lawmaker chides Shalit for his Shabbat at the beach

    November 3, 2011 | 11:21 am

    A lawmaker from the haredi Orthodox Shas Party said Gilad Shalit should have spent his first Shabbat of freedom not at the beach but praying in synagogue.

    Meshulam Nahari also said during a Shas convention this week that the 25-year-old soldier should have recited the benediction of...

  • Gunmen fire on Israeli troops at Gaza border

    November 3, 2011 | 9:02 am

    Palestinian gunmen fired on Israeli soldiers working on the border fence between Israel and Gaza.

    The soldiers were conducting what the Israeli military called routine work on the fence near Kibbutz Zikim and northern Gaza on Thursday. An Israel Defense Forces vehicle was damaged in...

  • Israel ready to stop boats heading for Gaza

    November 2, 2011 | 2:42 pm

    The Israeli navy will prevent two yachts carrying pro-Palestinian activists which left Turkey on Wednesday from breaching an Israeli blockade and reaching the Gaza Strip, an Israeli military official said.

    Lieutenant-Colonel Avital Leibovich, speaking to reporters by telephone,...

  • Schools in southern Israel reopen

    November 2, 2011 | 12:03 pm

    Schools reopened in southern Israeli communities after having been closed for three days due to rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.

    Children returned to school Wednesday. More than 45 rockets and mortars had fallen on southern Israel in the previous three days.

    Many of the schools...

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