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Israeli Police Shoots Dead Two Palestinians in West Bank

JERUSALEM, Dec 1 – Israeli security forces shot dead two knife-wielding Palestinian assailants on Tuesday in the occupied West Bank, Israeli authorities said, as a wave of Palestinian stabbings, car rammings and shootings entered its third month. Nineteen Israelis and a U.S. citizen have been killed since Oct. 1. Israeli forces have killed 97 Palestinians,

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Israel Threatens to Review Cooperation With EU, Citing Issue of Labelling Exports

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – Israel threatened on Monday to review its cooperation with European Union projects that benefit Palestinians in the West Bank, citing the bloc’s labelling of exports from Jewish settlements in the Israeli-occupied territory. The Israeli Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday that Israel was suspending its contacts with European

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EU Says it Will Continue Middle East Peace Role Despite Israel’s Move

BRUSSELS, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday and the European Union said it would continue its role in Middle East peace diplomacy despite Israel saying it was suspending contact. Asked about Israel’s move on Sunday to suspend contact with the EU over the

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Israel Convicts Two Jewish Minors For Burning Alive a Palestinian Teen in 2014

JERUSALEM, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – An Israeli court on Monday found two Jewish defendants guilty of the 2014 murder of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem, but held off on formally convicting a third man pending a psychological review, Israeli broadcasters said. Prosecutors said the three, two of whom were minors, had confessed to abducting, bludgeoning

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Israel Suspends EU Role in Peace Process with Palestinians

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Nov 29 – Israel said on Sunday it was suspending contacts with European Union bodies involved in peace efforts with the Palestinians after the bloc started requiring the labelling of exports from Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the foreign ministry to carry out “a reassessment

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Israel Shuts Down Third Palestinian Radio Station This Month

By Maher Abukhater Ramallah, Nov 29 – Dozens of Israeli soldiers raided a radio station in the middle of the Palestinian-controlled city of Hebron, in the south of the West Bank early Sunday and ordered it shut down for six months, according to radio officials. The closure order for Radio Dream is the third against

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Israel To Open Representative Office in Abu Dhabi

JERUSALEM, Nov 29 – Israel plans to open a diplomatic-level mission to the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi, its first openly established representative office in the United Arab Emirates, Israeli diplomats said on Friday. The office will not be a full mission, but will consist of a diplomat assigned to the renewable energy

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Kerry’s Visit to Israel-Palestine Focuses on Restoring Calm

By Maher Abukhater Ramallah, Nov 25 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry rounded up on Tuesday a one day visit to Palestine and Israel that did not create any results that could resuscitate the moribund Palestinian-Israeli peace process. Upon arrival in Israel, Kerry held talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before traveling to Ramallah

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American Reset?

The next U.S. president will have to take on the Middle East. But do contenders know their Baghdad from their Basra? BY Roshanak Taghavi, Safa Joudeh, Ammar Abdullah, Suadad Al Salhy and Maher Abu Khater It is a truth universally acknowledged that when it comes to the Middle East, pragmatism trumps idealism for U.S. presidents.

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Egypt Border Forces Fatally Shoot Five Sudanese Migrants

CAIRO, Nov. 23 – Egyptian border forces shot dead five Sudanese migrants trying to cross from Egypt’s turbulent North Sinai region into Israel on Monday, the military said in a statement. “Law enforcement tasked with protecting the border spotted at dawn today a group of Africans trying to sneak though the international border in cooperation

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