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Trump “Very Committed” to Mideast Peace, Envoy Kushner Says

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Aug 24 – U.S. President Donald Trump remains “very committed” to achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace, his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the start of talks on Thursday. But there was little to suggest any breakthrough or significant progress towards ending a decades-old conflict is

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Netanyahu to Putin: Iran’s Growing Syria Role Threatens Israel

By Denis Pinchuk SOCHI, Russia, Aug 23 – Iran’s growing role in Syria poses a threat to Israel, the Middle East and the world, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. “Mr. President, with joint efforts we are defeating Daesh, and this is a very important thing. But the bad

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Gaza Fisherman Finds Message in a Bottle from Greek Island

GAZA, Aug 21 – For Palestinian fisherman Jihad al-Soltan, it was a surprise summer catch — a message in a bottle that he netted off a Gaza beach. It had bobbed its way in the Mediterranean for nearly 800 km (500 miles) from the Greek island of Rhodes, placed in the water by a vacationing

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Israel’s Netanyahu to Discuss Middle East with Putin

JERUSALEM, Aug 20 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will discuss the Middle East with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet in the Russian resort of Sochi next week, his office said on Saturday. Israel is concerned Iran is trying to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria. Netanyahu said in a speech last

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Palestinian Foreign Minister Welcomes Egypt’s Warmer Ties with Hamas

CAIRO, Aug 20 – Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki on Saturday welcomed Egypt’s closer ties with Hamas, calling on the Islamist group to bring an end to the rift between the Palestinian factions. Speaking at a joint press conference with his Jordanian and Egyptian counterparts in Cairo, Al-Maliki said Egypt was fulfilling its role as

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Iran Drops Players from National Team for Playing Against Israeli Club

ANKARA, Aug 11 – Two Iranian soccer players have been dropped from the national team as punishment for playing against an Israeli side for their Greek club, a senior Iranian sports ministry official told state TV on Thursday. Masoud Shojaie and Ehsan Hajsafi played for Panionios against Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv on August 3. Iran’s

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Israel Bans Men Under 50 from Disputed Jerusalem Holy Site on Friday

JERUSALEM, July 28 – Israel sent extra police into Jerusalem on Friday and said men under the age of 50 would be banned from the Old City’s Al-Aqsa mosque for the day in anticipation of more mass protests. Tensions have been high at the compound for two weeks, often erupting into clashes, after two Israeli

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Israel Bans Men Under 50 from Disputed Jerusalem Holy Site on Friday

JERUSALEM, July 28 – Israel sent extra police into Jerusalem on Friday and said men under the age of 50 would be banned from the Old City’s Al-Aqsa mosque for the day in anticipation of more mass protests. Tensions have been high at the compound for two weeks, often erupting into clashes, after two Israeli

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Israel Removes All Security Apparatus from Holy Site After Unrest

By Luke Baker and Ali Sawafta JERUSALEM, July 27 – Israel overnight removed all security infrastructure it had put in place this month at Muslim entrances to the Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, stepping up its efforts to defuse political and religious tension. The government had already dismantled metal detectors it installed in

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Israel’s Netanyahu Threatens to Shut Al Jazeera Jerusalem Office

JERUSALEM, July 27 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said he would work to close the Jerusalem offices of Qatar-based al-Jazeera, accusing the television news network of inciting recent violence in the city. Jerusalem is experiencing one of its most tense periods in years as Palestinians protest heightened Israeli security measures near

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