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  • Israel boosts forces near Gaza as border heats up

    July 3, 2014 | 8:28 am

    Israel beefed up its forces along its frontier with the Gaza Strip and launched air strikes against militant Hamas targets there on Thursday in response to Palestinian cross-border rocket attacks.

    Israel also faced a second day of violent Palestinian protests in Jerusalem after...

  • Thousands sign ‘No Unity Government with Hamas,’ a Simon Wiesenthal Center petition to Obama

    By Ryan Torok

    July 2, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center has called on the Obama Administration to pressure President Mahmoud Abbas into ending the Palestinian Authority’s unity government with Hamas.

    Yesterday, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit released a petition, “Letter to President Obama – No Unity...

  • Discovery of Palestinian teen’s body spurs rioting in E. Jerusalem

    July 2, 2014 | 9:04 am

    The body of a Palestinian teenager was found in the Jerusalem Forest hours after he was reported kidnapped from an eastern Jerusalem neighborhood.

    Palestinian riots broke out in the neighborhood, Beit Hanina, and other areas of eastern Jerusalem following the announcement of the...

  • Israel mourns teenagers, strikes Hamas in Gaza

    July 1, 2014 | 10:19 am

    Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.

    President Shimon Peres, a usually dovish elder statesman, echoed...

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  • Israel finds bodies of three missing teenagers in West Bank

    June 30, 2014 | 1:29 pm

    The bodies of three missing Israeli teenagers were found in the West Bank, and Israel vowed to punish Hamas, the Palestinian group it accuses of abducting and killing them.

    "They were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by beasts," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a...

  • Martin Indyk quits State Department, will continue to consult

    June 27, 2014 | 8:22 am

    Martin Indyk is resigning as the chief U.S. negotiator for Israeli-Palestinian peace, but will continue to consult on the matter, said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

    “I’m grateful for the wisdom and insight he’s brought to our collective efforts,” Kerry said in a statement.

    ...
  • Peres praises Abbas as ‘peace partner’ at Capitol medal ceremony

    June 26, 2014 | 10:18 am

    Accepting the Congressional Gold Medal, Israeli President Shimon Peres lauded Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and called for renewing talks with the Palestinians.

    “President Abbas is clearly a partner for peace,” Peres said Thursday at the U.S. Capitol, where the...

  • Israel reins in military sweep for missing teens

    June 24, 2014 | 9:50 am

    Israel scaled back a search for three missing teenagers in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday after 11 days of operations raised fears of a general uprising and undermined Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

    Israel has accused Abbas's political rivals, the Islamist...

  • Search for abducted teens faces complicated political landscape

    June 17, 2014 | 1:47 pm

    Since the three teenagers were abducted last week, Israel’s goals have been simple: Find them and punish their kidnappers.

    Realizing those goals, though, is far from a simple task.

    The international community has condemned the kidnappings, and Israel has spread its forces...

  • Netanyahu demands assistance from Abbas, who condemns kidnapping

    June 16, 2014 | 10:43 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that he expected his assistance in the return of three teens believed to have been kidnapped.

    Monday’s conversation was the first between the two leaders in more than a year. Abbas later...

  • Rocket fired from Gaza damages road in southern Israel

    June 11, 2014 | 11:01 am

    A rocket fired from Gaza that landed on a major road in southern Israel caused significant damage.

    The Wednesday morning attack is the third incident of rockets fired on southern Israel from Gaza in the past five days. No injuries have been reported.

    Israeli officials have said...

  • Palestinians avoid U.S. aid cutoff, but what happens when Hamas runs in elections?

    June 10, 2014 | 5:27 pm

    Is the new Palestinian government kosher under U.S. law?

    A range of American Middle East policy analysts and current and former U.S. officials say that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas threaded the needle last week and created a government of technocrats untainted by...

  • Pope says Israelis, Palestinians must seek peace ‘undaunted in dialogue’

    June 8, 2014 | 8:02 pm

    Pope Francis told Israeli and Palestinian leaders they "must respond" to their people's yearning for peace "undaunted in dialogue" during an unprecedented prayer meeting among Jews, Christians and Muslims at the Vatican on Sunday.

    The pope made his vibrant appeal to Israeli...

  • Kerry says U.S. to work with, monitor new Palestinian government

    June 4, 2014 | 1:16 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday the United States would work with the new Palestinian unity government "as we need to" but would be monitoring its commitment to continued cooperation with Israel.

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a government of...

  • EU open to working with Palestinian unity government

    June 3, 2014 | 9:38 am

    The European Union will work with the new Palestinian unity government, on condition it sticks to the principle of peace with Israel based on a two-state solution, it said on Tuesday.

    The U.S. administration has already said it would work with the unity government that...

  • U.S. will work with Fatah-Hamas unity government

    June 2, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    The United States plans to work with the new Palestinian unity government and will continue to disburse aid to the Palestinian Authority, the State Department said.

    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday that the U.S. “will be watching closely to ensure that [the...

  • Israel’s Security Cabinet: No negotiations with government that includes Hamas

    June 2, 2014 | 10:51 am

    Israel’s Security Cabinet unanimously decided not to negotiate with a Palestinian government that includes the terrorist organization Hamas.

    The Security Cabinet met Monday following the swearing-in of the Palestinian unity government.

    “Today, Abu Mazen said yes to terrorism...

  • Abbas swears in Palestinian unity government shunned by Israel

    June 2, 2014 | 8:28 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a Palestinian unity government on Monday under a reconciliation deal with Hamas Islamists that led Israel to freeze U.S.-brokered peace talks with the Western-backed leader.

    Abbas, who heads the mainstream Fatah movement, has...

  • Pope to host Peres and Abbas in peace prayer at Vatican

    May 29, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will join Pope Francis in a prayer for peace at the Vatican.

    The prayer will take place on June 8, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed Thursday, according to Vatican Radio.

    The...

  • Israelis, Palestinians vie for Latino support during Pope’s visit

    By Simone Wilson

    May 27, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    The first Latin American pope brought a wave of Latino love with him on his trip to the Holy Land last weekend.

    At Pope Francis’ public prayer at Manger Square on May 25 in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, near the site where Jesus is believed to have been born, Spanish was being...

  • UCLA and the anti-Israel students, should we be worried?

    May 23, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    As I sat waiting to testify at Sunny Singh’s hearing before the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) undergraduate student judicial board on May 15, it occurred to me that on college campuses today, students seem to want to hear only from people with whom they agree. And I...

  • Kerry, Abbas to meet in London on Thursday, U.S. says

    May 12, 2014 | 3:59 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet in London on Thursday, the U.S. State Department said, less than a month after a U.S. effort to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal collapsed.

    The focus of the talks is the U.S.-Palestinian...

  • Israel/PA negotiations stalled –– What should be done now?

    By Morton A. Klein

    May 7, 2014 | 11:11 am

    Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority (PA) has now concluded a reconciliation agreement with Hamas, the United States- and European Union-recognized terrorist organization that controls Gaza and calls for the destruction of Israel (Article 15) and the murder of Jews...

  • Peres: Netanyahu blocked Palestinian-Israeli framework agreement in 2011

    May 6, 2014 | 1:59 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2011 refrained from reaching an agreement with the Palestinian Authority on a framework for peace talks.

    “We in fact reached an understanding on nearly all the points,” Peres said of himself and Palestinian...

  • Netanyahu tells Abbas to ‘tear up’ pact with Hamas

    April 28, 2014 | 10:29 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday to "tear up" his pact with Hamas, saying Israel would not take part in Middle East peace talks with a Palestinian government backed by the Islamist group.

    Netanyahu also said...

  • Abbas calls Holocaust the ‘most heinous crime’ against humanity

    April 28, 2014 | 10:27 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the Nazi Holocaust "the most heinous crime" against humanity in modern times, in an apparent bid to build bridges with Israel days after troubled peace talks collapsed.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the overture on...

  • Israel formally suspends talks with Palestinians

    April 24, 2014 | 9:40 am

    Israel formally suspended peace talks with the Palestinian Authority over the P.A.’s national unity accord signed with the Hamas authority in the Gaza Strip.

    “The Cabinet today unanimously decided that Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by Hamas, a...

  • Abbas: Unity with Hamas does not contradict peace talks with Israel

    April 23, 2014 | 10:17 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday a unity pact he reached with the militant group Hamas earlier in the day did not contradict peace talks he is pursuing with Israel.

    Israel called off a session of talks in response to the deal with the Gaza-based Islamist group, which is sworn to its destruction. But Abbas said in a statement that an independent state living peacefully alongside Israel remained his goal.

    Reporting By Noah Browning; Editing by Angus MacSwan

  • Fatah and Hamas sign unity accord, Israel cancels negotiations session

    April 23, 2014 | 10:01 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party and Hamas have signed a unity accord.

    Under the agreement signed Wednesday, the factions are to form a unity government in five weeks, according to reports citing Palestinian officials. Fatah and Hamas representatives met...

  • Abbas: Settlement freeze, agreement on borders to extend peace talks

    April 22, 2014 | 11:36 am

    The Palestinians would extend the current peace negotiations if Israel agrees to a three-month settlement construction freeze during which the sides would agree on the borders of a future Palestinian state.

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Israeli journalists in...

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