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EU Eyes Israeli Technologies For Spotting Militants Online

By Dan Williams TEL AVIV, July 19 – European powers are trying to develop better means for pre-emptively spotting “lone-wolf” militants from their online activities and are looking to Israeli-developed technologies, a senior EU security official said on Tuesday. Last week’s truck rampage in France and Monday’s axe attack aboard a train in Germany have

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Diplomatic Ties help Israel Defang International Criticism

By Luke Baker JERUSALEM, July 5 – Ahead of the release last week of a report on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by the Quartet of Middle East mediators, the word from diplomats was that it would be hard-hitting, especially on Israel and its settlement building. The United States, the European Union and the United Nations were

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Israel’s New Defense Chief Jokes About Curbing His Fiery Nature

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, May 26 – In first remarks as Israel’s designated defense minister, right-wing settler Avigdor Lieberman joked about his fiery reputation: “I have undergone surgery to lengthen my fuse.” In a more serious vein, the Soviet-born 57-year-old struck a conciliatory note, emphasising “a strong commitment, to the peace, to the final status agreement

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Biden Says Israel Settlements Raise Questions About Commitment to Peace

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, March 21 – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called on Israel’s government on Sunday to demonstrate its commitment to a two-state solution to end the conflict with the Palestinians and said settlement expansion is weakening prospects for peace. “Israel’s government’s steady and systematic process of expanding settlements, legalizing outposts, seizing land,

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Israel Confirms Plans to Seize West Bank Land

JERUSALEM, Jan 21 – Israel confirmed on Thursday it was planning to appropriate a large tract of fertile land in the occupied West Bank, close to Jordan, a move likely to exacerbate tensions with Western allies and already drawing international condemnation. In an email sent to Reuters, COGAT, a unit of the Defence Ministry, said

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Israel Says Hezbollah Trying to Foment Escalation of Palestinian Violence

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, Jan 21 – Israel accused Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah guerrillas on Wednesday of trying to escalate a months-old surge in Palestinian street violence by recruiting militants in the Israeli-occupied West Bank to carry out suicide bombings. Though they have seldom exchanged fire since their 2006 war in Lebanon, Hezbollah and Israel are

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Stitching Dreams in Gaza

A former banker laid off from her job has found relief in embroidery BY Sami Abu Salem Palestinians in Gaza have had to turn to creative ways to earn a livelihood as the decade-long Israeli siege has led to dire economic situation. One such creative outlet—handicrafts—has seen a resurgence in the past few years; an abandoned

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Gaza Strip Gets First New Hospital in a Decade

GAZA, Jan 6 – The Gaza Strip’s struggling healthcare system will get some much needed help in 2016 after the first new hospital in a decade opened its doors in the territory last month and as two more foreign-funded clinics are set to launch this year. After nearly five years of construction, with delays caused

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Palestine: A Third Intifada?

Jerusalem on the brink By Ben White It was just after midday on Oct. 5, 13-year-old Abd Al-Rahman Shadi Obeidallah was standing with friends in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem. Young Palestinians had been throwing stones at the Israeli occupation forces stationed nearby when, without warning, a soldier fired two live bullets. Abd Al-Rahman was

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