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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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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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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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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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Israel to Replace Metal Detectors in Jerusalem with Smart Surveillance

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, July 25 – Israel decided on Tuesday to remove metal detectors it had placed at the entrance to a holy site in Jerusalem’s Old City and replace them with smart, less obtrusive surveillance means, a Cabinet statement said. Israel installed metal detectors at entry points to Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem

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Israel Says Jerusalem Mosque Metal Detectors to Stay

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, July 23 – Israel will not remove metal detectors whose installation outside a major Jerusalem mosque has triggered the bloodiest confrontations with the Palestinians in years, but could eventually reduce their use, Israeli officials said on Sunday. With Israeli generals warning the violence may spiral, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering

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Jerusalem on Alert as Religious Tensions Rise Over Holy Site

By Luke Baker and Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, July 21 – Israel bolstered security in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday and prepared for possible clashes with Muslim worshippers after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided metal detectors at a sensitive holy site would not be removed. There have been daily confrontations between Palestinians hurling rocks and Israeli

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