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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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Israel Reduces Power Supply to Gaza, as Abbas Pressures Hamas

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM, June 12 – Israel will reduce electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip after the Palestinian Authority limited how much it pays for power to the enclave run by Hamas, Israeli officials said on Monday. The decision by Israel’s security cabinet is expected to shorten by 45 minutes the

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Netanyahu Wins Libel Case Over Claim Wife Kicked Him Out of Car

JERUSALEM, June 11 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara won a libel suit on Sunday against an Israeli journalist who claimed that she once kicked her husband out of their car during an argument. A Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court ordered Igal Sarna to pay the couple some $32,500 in damages over what

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Israeli Documents from Days After War Have Familiar Ring 50 Years On

By Luke Baker JERUSALEM, May 31 – Within days of capturing East Jerusalem and the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war, Israel was examining options about their future ranging from Jewish settlement-building to the creation of a Palestinian state. As the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the war nears on June 5,

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Trump Travels to Bethlehem for Talks With Palestinian President

By Jeff Mason BETHLEHEM, West Bank, May 23 – U.S. President Donald Trump travelled in a high-security convoy to Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Tuesday to discuss Middle East peace with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Much of central and southern Jerusalem was shut down to allow the presidential motorcade of around 60 vehicles

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Hamas Sentences Three Palestinians to Death Over Commander’s Killing

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, May 21 – Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement delivered death sentences on Sunday to three Palestinians it ruled had taken part in what it said was an Israeli-directed assassination of one of the Islamist group’s senior commanders. A Hamas security court said the three men had confessed to the killing of Mazen

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Artist Works to Preserve Christian Heritage in Hamas-Run Gaza

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Dec 11 – Only about 1,200 Christians remain in Gaza — only a tiny fraction of the population in a territory run by Hamas Islamists — but artist Naser Jeldha is doing what he can to preserve its Christian heritage through art. In his studio in the heart of old Gaza,

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