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  • Obama rejects Palestinian U.N. statehood bid

    September 21, 2011 | 11:10 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected Palestinian plans to seek U.N. blessing for statehood and urged a return to peace talks with Israel as he tried to head off a looming diplomatic disaster.

    Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Obama—whose earlier peace efforts...

  • Israel wants peace - friend request pending [VIDEO]

    September 20, 2011 | 12:39 pm

  • A timely story of oil, its future and political impact

    September 16, 2011 | 1:15 pm

    Tension in the Middle East encompasses lots more than the security of Israel’s borders. That tension is also linked inextricably to oil production and consumption within Israel and its Arab neighboring nations. Every self-proclaimed energy expert knows that, and Daniel Yergin is...

  • Israel calls in Egypt envoy, says peace deal vital

    September 16, 2011 | 9:21 am

    Israel’s foreign ministry called in the Egyptian ambassador on Friday to stress the importance of the two countries’ historic peace accord, an Israeli official said, after Egypt’s prime minister said the treaty was not “sacred”.

    Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf told Turkish...

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  • Cartoon: The new blocks on the block

    By Steve Greenberg

    September 14, 2011 | 12:30 pm

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  • Turkish PM throws weight behind Arab cause

    September 13, 2011 | 9:24 am

    Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan threw Turkey’s weight behind a Palestinian bid for statehood and criticized Israel in an address to Arab states meeting in Cairo geared to buttress his image as a leader of a region in turmoil.

    Erdogan is touring Arab states to capitalize on Arab regard...

  • Cash-strapped Palestinians cut pay in half for September

    September 6, 2011 | 11:01 am

    The Palestinian Authority will pay only half wages this month, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said on Tuesday, the second time in three months it has taken such a step because of a financial crisis it blames on donors failing to provide promised funds.

    Fayyad announced the half pay...

  • Bill would cut U.S. funds to backers of Palestinian state

    August 31, 2011 | 9:08 am

    Legislation that would cut off U.S. funds to countries that support granting the Palestinians a state unilaterally was introduced in the House of Representatives.

    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced the United Nations...

  • Egyptian man rewarded for ripping down Israeli flag

    August 25, 2011 | 1:09 pm

    The Egyptian man who ripped down the Israeli flag from the embassy in Cairo has been rewarded for his act.

    Ahmad al-Shahat climbed up the side of the 22-story building last weekend to the cheers of anti-Israel demonstrators and ripped down the flag, two days after several Egyptian...

  • Cheney: I wanted to bomb Syrian reactor in 2007

    August 25, 2011 | 10:53 am

    Dick Cheney urged former President George W. Bush to bomb Syria, according to the former Vice President’s new memoir.

    According to the New York Times, which obtained an advance copy of the new book “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir,” Cheney advised Bush to bomb a...

  • Lull over, rockets from Gaza again strike Israel

    August 25, 2011 | 8:53 am

    Terrorists in Gaza renewed rocket attacks on Israel, ending a brief lull.

    More than 20 rockets were fired at Israel overnight Wednesday through afternoon Thursday. A nine-month-old baby was wounded when a rocket hit a home near Ashkelon. One rocket was intercepted near Beersheba by...

  • Heroes of the Arab Spring

    By Rob Eshman

    August 24, 2011 | 3:27 pm

    A journalist with family in Syria told me there’s a joke going around that country these days.

    “Why don’t women in Damascus have to wear a veil?”

    “Because there’s no men there.”

    In cities and towns throughout Syria, ordinary, unarmed citizens are protesting the...

  • Gaza rocket lands in Egypt as border tension simmers

    August 24, 2011 | 9:33 am

    A woman was injured by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip into the Egyptian town of Rafah on Wednesday, Egypt’s state news agency MENA reported, as tension simmered in the region after a spate of cross-border violence.

    The woman was taken to hospital with light injuries, said a...

  • Pentagon: Rebels control most of Tripoli, Gadhafi in Libya

    August 23, 2011 | 10:40 am

    Libyan rebels appeared to be in control of most of Tripoli, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, adding that it was sticking to its assessment that leader Muammar Gadhafi had not left the country.

    Calling the situation fluid, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan said that Gadhafi’s forces...

  • Rebels seize rifles from armory in Gaddafi compound

    August 23, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Hundreds of rebel fighters on Tuesday looted an armory in part of the compound of Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi that they had overrun, seizing new sniper rifles in plastic cases, a Reuters witness said.

    One fighter, in jubilant mood, shouted “It is over, Gadhafi is finished!”...

  • Renewed Middle East violence: It’s Iran stupid!

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 22, 2011 | 7:31 am

    The last week has seen an upsurge of violence and terrorism in the Middle East with Syrian forces continuing to kill innocent civilians in Syria, mass suicide bombings in Iraq and terrorists in Gaza continuing to randomly launch rockets into southern cities in Israel. Many news...

  • Beersheba school hit, resident killed as Gaza rockets pound Israel

    August 21, 2011 | 11:03 am

    A school in Beersheba was hit by a Grad rocket, one day after a city resident was killed as rockets from Gaza continue to slam into southern Israel. 

    The school in Beersheba was empty during Sunday morning’s strike, with the start of school just two weeks away. At least six rockets...

  • State Department criticizes Israel over E. Jerusalem housing approval

    August 10, 2011 | 9:10 am

    The Obama administration criticized Israel over the approval of a new housing project in eastern Jerusalem.

    “The United States is deeply concerned by continuing Israeli actions with respect to housing construction in Jerusalem,” a State Department official said Tuesday during a...

  • New U.S. envoy to Israel: Obama hoping to visit

    August 3, 2011 | 4:57 pm

    The new U.S. ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro, said President Obama hopes to visit the country.

    Shapiro, 42, presented his credentials Wednesday to Israeli President Shimon Peres. He was appointed as ambassador in July.

    Shapiro said no details of a visit to Israel have been...

  • Two-state solution essential, retired Israeli military officer tells Kehillat Israel

    By Ryan Torok

    August 2, 2011 | 5:53 pm

    A two-state solution between Israel and Palestine is crucial for Israel’s existence, retired Israeli Brig. Gen. Nehemiah Dagan said during a speech at congregation Kehillat Israel on July 28.

    “I’m considered to be an idealist in Israel. I believe in the future of Israel …...

  • Israel reportedly working with U.S. on new peace framework

    August 2, 2011 | 8:44 am

    Israel has been working with the United States to develop a new framework to restart peace negotiations with the Palestinians, according to reports.

    News agencies cited an unnamed Israeli government official as saying Tuesday that there have been efforts over the past few weeks to...

  • Israeli, Lebanese troops exchange fire [VIDEO]

    August 1, 2011 | 8:30 am

    Israeli and Lebanese troops exchanged fire on Israel’s northern border; no Israeli soldiers were injured.

    The gunfight is the first skirmish on the Israel-Lebanon border since May when Nakba Day protesters attempted to breach Israel’s border. Ten protesters died and more than 100...

  • Netanyahu opposes inquiry into left-wing groups

    July 15, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    Benjamin Netanyahu said he opposes a proposal for parliamentary investigations of Israeli groups critical of the country’s policies toward the Palestinians.

    “We don’t need investigations in the Knesset,” the Israeli prime minister said Thursday night, speaking in Tel Aviv at a...

  • Syrian security forces kill 16 in biggest protests to date

    July 15, 2011 | 9:53 am

    Syrian security forces shot dead at least 16 protesters on Friday as hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across the country in the biggest protests so far against President Bashar Assad, Al Jazeera reported.

    Assad, facing the greatest challenge to 40 years of Baath...

  • Islamic Movement head Salah arrested in Britain

    June 29, 2011 | 9:03 am

    The head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah, was arrested in London while on a speaking tour and will be deported.

    Salah reportedly entered the country despite being banned from travel to Britain due to his anti-Semitic views.

    Britain’s Home Office told reporters...

  • At least 15 reported killed in Syria, among them 3 youths

    June 24, 2011 | 10:28 am

    At least 15 people were reported killed in Syria on Friday in protests against President Bashar Assad’s regime, Al Arabiya said.

    Earlier, residents told Reuters that security forces shot dead three protesters in the central Syrian city of Homs, and at least three youths in the main...

  • U.S. lawmakers talk Palestinian statehood, Iran at Mideast confab

    June 23, 2011 | 3:45 pm

    U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin said supporters of Israel must be prepared for a U.N. General Assembly vote recognizing a Palestinian state in September, saying the Palestinians have “the upper hand” in pushing through such a resolution.

    The Palestinians have a solid bloc of allies in the...

  • Egyptian court sentences accused spy for Israel to 25 years

    June 23, 2011 | 3:29 pm

    Egyptian court sentences accused spy for Israel to 25 years
      JERUSALEM (JTA)—An Egyptian court sentenced an Egyptian businessman to 25 years in jail for spying for Israel.

    The court reportedly also found Tarek Abdel Razek’s two Israeli handlers, accused of being members of...

  • Apple removes free ‘Thirdintifada’ from App Store

    June 23, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    Apple Inc. removed the Arabic-language “Thirdintifada” application from its App Store following a request from the Israeli government.

    The application was removed June 22, a day after Israel’s minister of public diplomacy and diaspora affairs, Yuli Edelstein, wrote to Apple founder...

  • Evangelical Protestants sympathize with Israel, survey finds

    June 23, 2011 | 11:37 am

    Evangelical Protestant leaders from around the world said they sympathize more with Israel than with the Palestinians, although a small majority said they sympathize with both sides equally, a survey found.

    Thirty-four percent of respondents in a new Pew Research Center global...

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