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  • 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...

  • GOP senators urge suspending aid to P.A.

    June 22, 2011 | 10:29 am

    Republican senators urged President Obama to suspend U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority unless Hamas recognizes Israel and renounces terrorism.

    Republican Sens. John Boozman (Ark.) and Jerry Moran (Kan.), in association with the Zionist Organization of America, organized a letter...

  • Pressure mounts on Palestinians to abandon U.N. statehood gambit

    June 21, 2011 | 10:45 am

    The pressure on Mahmoud Abbas to back down from plans to seek recognition of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations in September is intensifying.

    Squeezed by a combination of concerted American pressure and intense Israeli diplomacy, some top Palestinian leaders are urging the...

  • Israel’s UN ambassador tells U.S. Jews: Prepare for September vote on Palestinian state

    June 20, 2011 | 12:56 pm

    Israel’s new ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor urged Jewish American leaders on Monday to form a clear and operational plan ahead of the United Nations vote in September regarding unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state.

    During a closed meeting of the Conference of...

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  • Fatah-Hamas unity meeting canceled

    June 20, 2011 | 10:24 am

    Leaders of the Palestinians’ Fatah and Hamas factions have called off a high-profile meeting set to announce a new government.

    The meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the Fatah Party, and Damascus-based Hamas leader Khaled Meshal scheduled for...

  • Lieberman: Palestinian unilateral statehood push would end Oslo

    June 17, 2011 | 3:22 pm

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned that Israel would no longer be bound by past agreements if Palestinians ask the United Nations for recognition.

    “The unilateral move at the U.N. is the end of the Oslo Accords and would be a violation of all agreements that we have...

  • Australian football brings together pro-Israel, pro-Palestinian legislators

    June 16, 2011 | 10:14 am

    A joint Israeli-Palestinian Australian rules football team has brought pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian legislators together for the first time in Melbourne.

    Tuesday night’s event at Parliament House in Melbourne was the first time the Parliamentary Friends of Israel and...

  • Scottish municipality votes down pro-Palestinian motion

    June 15, 2011 | 11:02 am

    A Scottish municipality voted down a motion comparing Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians to apartheid.

    The Dundee City Council at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday did, however, note with concern the “ongoing situation in Israel/Palestine” and called for “a just and lasting...

  • Palestinians to unveil new Hamas-Fatah unity government next week

    June 14, 2011 | 4:03 pm

    Palestinians said on Tuesday they were ready to form a unity government and expected to unveil its new cabinet at a meeting between President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Cairo next week.

    Leaders from the two factions met for several hours in Cairo on Tuesday to...

  • Israel to raze outpost buildings

    June 13, 2011 | 10:29 am

    Israel will raze three permanent buildings in an illegal outpost that is situated on private Palestinian land.

    The Ministry of Defense has ordered that the three homes in the Migron outpost in the northern West Bank be demolished within 45 days, Haaretz reported. The state also...

  • Hamas rejects Fayyad nomination for prime minister

    June 12, 2011 | 1:24 pm

    The Hamas-Fatah reconciliation appeared to be in jeopardy after Hamas rejected Fatah’s nominee for prime minister, Salam Fayyad.

    Hamas on Sunday rejected Fayyad, the Palestinian Authority’s current prime minister, to lead the transitional Palestinian government until elections...

  • Leonard Nimoy’s Vulcan logic: A two-state solution

    By Jay Firestone

    June 7, 2011 | 4:49 pm

    Anyone mildly familiar with “Star Trek” may recall that the character Spock—half-alien, half-human—struggles to purge his emotions and embrace the logical, detached disposition of the Vulcan people.

    What would the logical, yet emotionally torn Spock have to say about the...

  • GOP lawmaker calls for U.S. to pull funding if UN recognizes Palestine

    June 7, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) introduced a resolution calling for the withholding of U.N. funding if the General Assembly recognizes a Palestinian state.

    Chabot said Tuesday that he hopes to dissuade any effort by the Palestinians to circumvent peace negotiations by going directly to...

  • Ahead of Palestinian U.N. gambit, Europe is in play

    June 7, 2011 | 10:21 am

    It was a sign that ties between the Obama and Netanyahu administrations remain strong despite the apparent tensions two weeks ago when the two leaders met at the White House.

    On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shot down a French proposal for renewed...

  • Settlers blamed for West Bank mosque arson

    June 7, 2011 | 8:41 am

    Palestinian security sources have blamed Jewish settlers for torching a mosque in a West Bank village.

    Burning tires were rolled into the mosque in Maghayer village near Ramallah, setting rugs in the building on fire, according to reports.  The building sustained fire damage; no...

  • Syrian protesters remain on border after deadly demonstrations

    June 6, 2011 | 9:40 am

    Syrian protesters spent the night on the border with Israel on the Golan Heights following a day in which Syrian reports claim that up to 23 Arabs were killed.

    More protesters began gathering near the border again on Monday but did not show signs of repeating Sunday’s attempts to...

  • More than 18 Arabs killed along Israel-Syrian line as IDF fights border breach [VIDEO]

    June 5, 2011 | 8:22 am

    More than 18 Arabs were reported killed after hundreds of protesters from Syria attempted to breach the border with Israel on the Golan Heights.

    The violence Sunday, which was a repeat attempt at the border breaches of May 15 that left more than a dozen dead, came on what the Arabs...

  • Report: U.S. to offer Turkey major role in Mideast talks if it stops Gaza flotilla

    June 3, 2011 | 3:29 pm

    The U.S. government is considering to offer Turkey a deal in which Ankara would stop a second Gaza flotilla that is due to depart later this month in exchange for the opportunity to host an Israeli-Palestinian peace summit in Ankara, the Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman reported...

  • Palestinians cancel Naksa Day march to Israel-Lebanon border

    June 3, 2011 | 10:40 am

    Palestinian organizers in Lebanon who had planned a march to the border with Israel later this week say they have canceled it.

    The organizers say that Sunday’s planned march marking the 1967 Arab-Israeli war’s anniversary would be replaced by strikes across all 12 of Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps.

    On May 15, Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinians who marched to Israel’s borders with Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank. Six people were killed in Lebanon.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

  • France proposes conference to restart peace talks

    June 2, 2011 | 9:09 am

    France’s foreign minister, Alain Juppe, offered to host a meeting next month to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Juppe said Thursday during a visit to Ramallah in the West Bank that he had spoken to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas the previous...

  • Israel considers options on Palestinian statehood bid

    June 1, 2011 | 12:22 pm

    While U.S. officials are running a full-court diplomatic press against the Palestinian bid for U.N. recognition of statehood this September and officials at international Jewish organizations are trying to convince foreign leaders to oppose statehood, the Israeli government appears...

  • June 5, 1967

    By Rob Eshman

    June 1, 2011 | 10:48 am

    Levi Eshkol was one of the greatest Israeli heroes you never heard of. Eshkol was Israel’s prime minister during the Six Day War, which began 44 years ago this week, on June 5, 1967.

    In six days — 132 hours — Israel defeated three major Arab armies. It turned imminent...

  • Sitting shivah for peace

    By David Suissa

    June 1, 2011 | 10:31 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his speech to the U.S. Congress on May 24, was like a battered fighter entering the final round of a championship bout. He knows his only chance to win is by a knockout. With nothing to lose, Bibi got up, and with the “Rocky” music blazing in...

  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict a joking matter at comedy night

    By Ryan Torok

    May 31, 2011 | 6:58 pm

    “Have you heard the one about the Jewish- and Palestinian-American comedians?” is the slogan of Jewish comedian Scott Blakeman’s act “Stand-Up for Peace,” which he performed with Palestinian comedian Aron Kader at UCLA last month during the university’s second annual...

  • Linux creator cancels Israel talks

    May 31, 2011 | 3:40 pm

    The creator of the Linux computer operating system canceled three lectures at Israeli universities because of pressure from the Palestinian Authority.

    Richard Stallman, an American, said his Palestinian hosts threatened to pull their financial support for his July trip if he spoke...

  • Those who say Israel should fear Obama

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 31, 2011 | 2:36 pm

    I have no beef with those who argue President Obama did nothing wrong by sliding in a reference to Israel returning to the 1967 borders, albeit with land swaps, in his major address on the Arab pro-democracy movement at the State Department. To be sure, I believe it ruined the...

  • Hamas urges Palestinians not to jeopardize Egypt’s opening of Rafah crossing

    May 31, 2011 | 10:56 am

    Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh urged Gazans on Tuesday to refrain from breaching Egypt’s security in order to maintain the Rafah border crossing open, French news agency AFP reported.

    “Don’t do anything that could compromise the reopening of the terminal,” AFP quoted Hanieyh as saying....

  • What are the options to derail Palestinian statehood at the U.N.?

    May 31, 2011 | 10:05 am

    Remember the tension a couple of weeks ago between Israel and the United States? That was all about avoiding tension between Israel and the rest of the world.

    That’s what Obama administration officials are telling Jewish officials looking ahead to September, when the Palestinians...

  • Netanyahu: Israel cannot prevent UN recognition of Palestinian state

    May 30, 2011 | 11:38 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that no one can prevent the recognition of a Palestinian state in the United Nations in September.

    “No one has the power to stop the decision to recognize a Palestinian state in the UN General Assembly in September,” Netanyahu said. “It...

  • Top UN official: U.S. veto would block vote on Palestinian statehood

    May 27, 2011 | 3:43 pm

    The president of the United Nations General Assembly said Friday there is no way that a Palestinian state could become a member of the United Nations without a recommendation from the Security Council.

    Joseph Deiss told a news conference that if the United States or any other permanent council member used its veto, the General Assembly would not be able to vote on membership for Palestine.

    The Palestinian UN Observer Mission had no immediate comment.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

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