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  • Israel allows Palestinians to return from Libya

    February 23, 2011 | 1:21 pm

    Israel will allow 300 Palestinians from Libya to come to the West Bank.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said late on Wednesday that “for humanitarian reasons” he had acceded to a request by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to allow the Palestinians to flee the violence-plagued Libya for the West Bank.

    More than a dozen countries sent airplanes to Libya to evacuate their citizens. Thousands are reported dead in protests calling for an end to Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi’s 41-year reign; Gadhafi took power in a 1969 coup.

  • U.S. vetoes U.N. resolution

    February 18, 2011 | 3:35 pm

    The United States vetoed a U.N. resolution that would have condemned Israeli settlements as illegal.

    The Security Council resolution, which was brought to a vote Friday afternoon, earned the support of the council’s other 14 members.

    The Obama administration, which opposes...

  • Palestinians say U.N. resolution will get vote

    February 17, 2011 | 10:22 am

    Backed by Arab states, the Palestinians are pressing ahead with a United Nations Security Council resolution that slams Israel for settlement building.

    The Palestinian delegation said Thursday that it had the votes to bring the resolution to the U.N. Security Council for a vote the...

  • Israeli troops kill 3 nearing security fence

    February 17, 2011 | 10:20 am

    Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinians in Gaza who were approaching the security fence in an attempt to plant explosive devices, the Israeli military said.

    The Israeli military said the men were approaching the fence in the northern Gaza Strip.

    Palestinian sources...

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  • U.S. reportedly proposing U.N. ‘statement’ on settlements

    February 16, 2011 | 9:21 pm

    The United States reportedly is backing a U.N. Security Council statement that would slam Israel on settlements but would stop short of a resolution.

    The Security Council president’s statement proposed by the Obama administration would express “strong opposition to any unilateral...

  • Israel failing to resolve attacks on Palestinians, rights group says

    February 16, 2011 | 2:08 pm

    Nine out of 10 investigations of Israeli attacks against Palestinians are closed with no resolution, an Israeli human rights group said.

    Yesh Din on Wednesday released a data sheet on its monitoring of police investigations of offenses against Palestinians. The data sheet includes...

  • Letters to the Editor: Egypt, women’s rights, Palestine

    February 16, 2011 | 12:53 pm

    Eshman’s Siren Song

    The Egyptian people clamoring for a voice in “one brief shining moment” historically and presently, by all accounts, share one thing in common — their hatred for Israel and for Jews (“Siren Song,” Feb. 11). Yet Eshman and his political mentor, Tom...

  • Alleged Palestinian terrorist arrested in Athens

    February 14, 2011 | 10:20 am

    Athens police arrested an alleged Palestinian terrorist accused of being in Greece to plan a major attack in Europe.

    Ghaleb Taleb, who who was arrested Feb. 12, is said to be a member of the Fatah-Al-Islam terror group based in Lebanon. He holds a Lebanese passport and citizenship....

  • Libya’s Gadhafi tells Palestinians to challenge Israel

    February 14, 2011 | 10:14 am

    Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi called on Palestinians to mass on Israel’s borders until their demands are met.

    “Fleets of boats should take Palestinians ... and wait by the Palestinian shores until the problem is resolved,” Gaddafi said in a speech Sunday night on state television,...

  • PA Cabinet dissolved, Fayyad to form new government

    February 14, 2011 | 8:27 am

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad dissolved his Cabinet and will form a new government.

    Monday’s announcement comes two days after a decision by PA President Mahmoud Abbas to hold presidential and legislative elections by September. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb...

  • Germans oppose a unilateral Palestinian state, poll finds

    February 10, 2011 | 4:07 pm

    A new poll suggests that most Germans would oppose an early declaration of a Palestinian state.

    The poll also found that Germans would view a nuclear Iran as a serious threat both to Israel and Germany, and that respondents also backed enforcing sanctions against Iran even if it...

  • N.Y. Times apologizes for pro-Palestinian writer

    February 9, 2011 | 2:55 pm

    The New York Times apologized for allowing a writer who has attended pro-Palestinian rallies to co-author a story claiming that Jewish criticism of Israel has grown in the San Francisco region.

    The Feb. 3 article, headlined “A Jewish Group Makes Waves, Locally and Abroad,” covered...

  • Israeli soldiers deliver Palestinian baby

    February 7, 2011 | 10:37 am

    Israeli soldiers delivered a Palestinian woman’s baby boy inside a military ambulance.

    The woman, a resident of the Jordan Valley, called for help early Monday morning, according to the Israel Defense Forces. She lives in an area unreachable by ambulance, so the soldiers gave the...

  • Peres: Israeli-Palestinian peace urgent in light of Egypt crisis

    February 6, 2011 | 1:31 pm

    President Shimon Peres urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to move quickly toward a solution in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in light of the crisis that has wracked Egypt over the last two weeks.

    “The dramatic events of the recent period make it necessary for...

  • Carter sued over book on Palestine

    February 3, 2011 | 10:18 am

    Five readers have filed a class-action lawsuit against former President Jimmy Carter for his book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.”

    His publisher, Simon & Schuster, also was named in the lawsuit over the book published in 2006.

    The lawsuit, Unterberg et al v. Jimmy Carter et...

  • Netanyahu: Israel must prepare for any Egypt outcome

    February 3, 2011 | 8:27 am

    Israel must be prepared for any outcome in Egypt, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Knesset, “by reinforcing the might of the State of Israel.”

    While an Egypt that fully embraces democracy and democratic reform would be a welcome neighbor, Netanyahu said Wednesday,...

  • Palestinian government calls for local elections amid Egypt unrest

    February 1, 2011 | 10:12 am

    The Western-backed Palestinian government in the West Bank said Tuesday it will hold local council elections as soon as possible.

    The move appeared to be a response to unrest in Egypt, where demonstrators have staged days of mass protests against the authoritarian regime. The...

  • Olmert, Abbas outline 2008 differences and agreements

    January 28, 2011 | 1:52 pm

    Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas made advances in peace talks but could not overcome differences over settlements and refugees in time.

    The sides agreed on sharing Jerusalem’s Old City and on the security conditions for a Palestinian state, Olmert, the former Israeli prime minister,...

  • Rice calls for removal of U.N.’s Palestine rapporteur

    January 26, 2011 | 2:47 pm

    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations called for the removal of its special rapporteur on the Palestinians.

    Susan Rice issued the call after the rapporteur, Richard Falk, wrote on his personal blog that an independent investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks is in order.

    “What...

  • Palestinian terror cell indicted for American woman’s murder

    January 26, 2011 | 10:01 am

    Members of a Palestinian terror cell were indicted for the murder of an American tourist in a forest near Jerusalem.

    Four Palestinians from villages near Hebron were indicted Wednesday in Jerusalem District Court for the murder of Christine Logan, 40, also identified by some media...

  • Leaked maps show gaps in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

    January 25, 2011 | 2:34 pm

    This time there are maps—not that they necessarily help.

    After the collapse of the Camp David talks in 2000, the Israeli and Palestinian sides bickered about who had offered what, and the competing historical narratives were adopted by either side and around the world.

    This time,...

  • Ireland upgrades Palestinian mission to embassy

    January 25, 2011 | 9:39 am

    Ireland became the first European Union member to upgrade its Palestinian diplomatic mission to an embassy.

    The head of the Palestinian mission will become an ambassador in Dublin and will present his credentials to the Irish president, according to Ynet.

    The upgrade reportedly...

  • Excavation on Jerusalem tunnel sparks fears of violence

    January 25, 2011 | 9:23 am

    Israeli officials fear the completion of an excavation project near the Temple Mount may spur violence by Palestinians.

    The Israel Antiquities Authority announced Tuesday that it had completed the excavation of an ancient tunnel that runs from the City of David in eastern Jerusalem...

  • What Obama should say about the Palestinians in the State of the Union

    January 24, 2011 | 2:44 pm

    If he wants to make progress in the Middle East, President Obama should use his State of the Union address to address some of the problems standing in the way of peace. This is what we think he should say:

    “Two years in office has persuaded me that in our pursuit of Arab-Israeli...

  • Peru recognizes Palestinian state

    January 24, 2011 | 2:43 pm

    Peru joined several Latin and South American states in recognizing a Palestinian state.

    “Today the government communicated to the ambassador of Palestine in Lima recognition of the Palestinian state as free and sovereign,” Peruvian Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Garcia Belaunde...

  • Leaked documents show Palestinian peace concessions

    January 24, 2011 | 9:46 am

    Palestinian peace negotiators were willing to turn over nearly all of the Jewish neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem and accept a shared authority of the Temple Mount, leaked Palestinian documents reveal.

    More than 1,600 Palestinian documents about the peace process with Israel were...

  • Washington Institute unveils land swap proposals

    January 21, 2011 | 10:03 am

    A pro-Israel U.S. think tank released proposals that would reconcile allowing a majority of the settlers to stay in place with a Palestinian state through commensurate land swaps.

    The detailed proposal, released Thursday by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, nods to...

  • Ross in Israel to jump-start peace talks

    January 20, 2011 | 10:48 am

    Senior White House adviser Dennis Ross arrived in Israel to discuss security arrangements under a possible peace deal with the Palestinians.

    Ross and David Hale, deputy to Middle East envoy George Mitchell, arrived in Israel Thursday. They will meet with Israeli officials to discuss...

  • Livni cancels South Africa visit

    January 19, 2011 | 11:09 am

    Israeli lawmaker Tzipi Livni canceled a scheduled trip to South Africa due to a strike by her country’s Foreign Ministry workers, the ministry said.

    Palestinian activists’ groups on Wednesday disputed the reason given by the Israeli Foreign Ministry to the South African media,...

  • Russian president reiterates recognition of Palestine

    January 18, 2011 | 11:11 am

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev reiterated Russia’s recognition more than two decades ago of an independent Palestinian state.

    “We made a decision then and we will not change it today,” Medvedev said following a meeting Tuesday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in...

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