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Netanyahu To Obama: Free Pollard

Now it's official: the Israeli government has issued a formal appeal to U.S. President Obama to release imprisoned Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard. Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 on charges of spying on the U.S for Israel. This is the first time an Israeli Prime Minister has formally asked the U.S. President to grant clemency to the Israeli spy, who has now ... read more

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Karen Liel

December 14, 2010 1:43 PM

US Rabbis Against Religious Discrimination

The mounting controversy in Israel regarding the latest religious ruling issued by prominent Rabbis to forbid Jews from selling or leasing apartments to Arabs - seems to have made its way overseas. Almost 700 rabbis from congregations across the world have signed a petition funded by the New Israel Fund, calling on their rabbinic colleagues in Israel to oppose the latest ... read more



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Karen Liel

December 10, 2010 2:01 PM

Is the US Losing Its Grip on the Mideast?

Israel's refusal to resume the West Bank construction freeze in order to pave way for direct negotiations with the Palestinians is a major blow to Obama's foreign policy. The announcement ends months of U.S.-Israeli negotiations and can be seen has a virtual death sentence to the latest round of peace talks, since the Palestinians have no intentions of returning to the ... read more



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Yonat Friling

December 3, 2010 8:00 AM

Northern Israel in Flames

24 hours have passed since the worst fire in Israel's history broke. The firefighters and volunteers that have been working all night long, seem exhausted, and admitting that they are still losing the battle against the huge blaze. Police spokesman ... read more



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Reena Ninan

November 15, 2010 12:36 PM

Will Israel Accept America’s Offer?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to convince his right-wing coalition to support a 90-day settlement construction freeze in exchange for security incentives. The Israeli security cabinet would have to give final approval. A vote could come as early as Wednesday. According to sources familiar with the negotiations, the U.S would provide Israel with 20 ... read more



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Karen Liel

October 29, 2010 10:06 AM

Palestinians are Running out of Patience

?Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is getting tired of waiting.? Abbas said Thursday that the Palestinians would consider asking the U.S. and the UN Security Council to recognize a Palestinian state on the 1967 border in several months' time, if the peace process with Israel fails. Abbas's comments came after his meeting in Ramallah with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed ... read more



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Leland Vittert

October 20, 2010 12:24 PM

Wounded Warriors Visit Israel

The sun beat down like an oven on the “clean” setting but it didn’t matter. Most of the riders  were missing a limb and that didn’t matter either…there was not one complaint among the 10 wounded American Hero’s visiting Israel for an 11 day bike tour around the country. Most were injured in the Iraq War and have since had prosthetics fitted so they can ... read more



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Reena Ninan

October 20, 2010 11:52 AM

President Carter Says Palestinians Live in a ‘Cage’

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, 86, has spent the past week in the Middle East, along with a delegation of peace activists known as The Elders, which is led by former Irish President Mary Robinson and former U.N. Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. Carter continued to publicly call  on Israel to lift the international blockade on the Gaza Strip's 1.5 million ... read more



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Karen Liel

September 30, 2010 1:03 PM

Another “Last Effort” for Peace

 The Obama administration seems to be doing everything in its power to keep the staggering Mideast peace process alive.  The U.S.-mediated direct talks, which were launched only four weeks ago, have come to a grinding halt after Prime Minister Netanyahu defied tremendous U.S. pressure to extend a West Bank construction moratorium, which ended September 26. The ... read more



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Ibrahim Hazboun

September 1, 2010 9:12 AM

Hamas Celebrates: Settlers Vow to Rebuild

Hamas supporters rallied on the streets of Gaza Wednesday to celebrate the attack that killed four Israeli settlers in the West Bank. A Hamas spokesman told reporters that his militant group vows for more attacks in the future. "It is a natural response on the Zionist crimes," said Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman."The attack has no impact on the negotiations that ... read more



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Reena Ninan

August 20, 2010 3:21 AM

Mideast Peace Talks To Begin Soon

Direct Talks to Begin Between Israel and the Palestinians Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Friday that Israel and the Palestinians will begin direct peace talks. An invitation was extended to both parties for a summit in Washington on Sept 2. A one year deadline has been set for the talks. Both Israeli and Palestinian officials say they welcome the call ... read more