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Report: Construction of Israeli Settlements Up 20%

Posted January 10th, 2012 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A new report by Israel’s Peace Now movement says the construction of Israeli settlements increased by 20 percent last year compared to 2010, despite opposition from the Palestinians and the international community, which consider it an obstacle to peace. Peace Now director Yariv Oppenheimer, who announced the findings Tuesday, said that although 2011 was an […]

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Greece, Israel Pledge to Expand Military Cooperation

Posted January 10th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The defense ministers of Greece and Israel have pledged to expand already strong military and security cooperation. Greece’s Dimitris Avramopoulos and Israel’s Ehud Barak announced the pledge after holding talks Tuesday in Athens. Avramopoulos stressed that cooperation between Greece and Israel is not aimed at any other country. He said the deepening bilateral ties are […]

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India, Israel Pledge Cooperation on Counterterrorism, Trade

Posted January 10th, 2012 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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India and Israel are pledging greater cooperation in counterterrorism and trade. Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna said Tuesday that the two countries will have to work out a strategy on how to address the “scourge of international terrorism which has become the curse for the entire humanity.” Krishna made the comments during a visit […]

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Israel to Boost Defense Budget

Posted January 8th, 2012 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel will increase its defense budget by more than $700 million in the face of deepening regional instability. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that given the recent dramatic changes in the Middle East, including Arab Spring, government changes in Israel’s former ally Egypt and growing fears over Iran’s nuclear program, “it would be […]

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Israeli, Palestinian Negotiators Meet; No Word on Resuming Peace Process

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 4:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators have ended their first official meeting in 15 months without saying if they are prepared to resume the stalled Mideast peace process. Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molho and his Palestinian counterpart Saeb Erekat met Tuesday in the Jordanian capital Amman, initially in the presence of diplomats from Jordan and the Quartet […]

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Israeli, Palestinian Negotiators Meet to Try to Restart Peace Talks

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators have entered their first official meeting in 15 months to try to resume the stalled Mideast peace process. Jordanian officials say Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molho and his Palestinian counterpart Saeb Erekat met Tuesday in Amman, in the presence of diplomats from Jordan and the Quartet of Middle East peace mediators. […]

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Israelis, Palestinians to Meet to Salvage Peace Effort

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are set to meet in Jordan for talks aimed at restarting the stalled peace process. The meeting Tuesday will be their first in more than a year, since the negotiations fell apart over the issue of Israeli settlement construction. Both sides say they are ready to re-open a dialogue, but optimism […]

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Israelis, Palestinians to Meet to Salvage Peace Effort

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 10:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are set to meet in Jordan for talks aimed at restarting the stalled peace process. The meeting Tuesday will be their first in more than a year, since the negotiations fell apart over the issue of Israeli settlement construction. Both sides say they are ready to re-open a dialogue, but optimism […]

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Israel Releases 550 Palestinian Prisoners

Posted December 18th, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel has released 550 Palestinian prisoners in the second stage of a deal with Hamas that brought home one Israeli soldier after five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip. Among those released Sunday were 55 minors, aged 14 to 17. Israel released 477 Palestinians in October in exchange for Israeli army Sergeant Gilad Shalit […]

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Israel Prepares to Free 550 Palestinian Prisoners

Posted December 18th, 2011 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Israel is set to release 550 Palestinian prisoners Sunday in the second stage of a deal with Hamas that brought home one Israeli soldier after five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip. A late evening release operation is planned. Israel released 477 Palestinians in October in exchange for Israeli army Sergeant Gilad Shalit in […]

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