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Palestinians Outraged Over US Official Comments

Posted December 10th, 2011 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Palestinians have expressed outrage over comments by U.S. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, who referred to them as an “invented” people. In an interview Friday with the Jewish Channel, a U.S. cable television station, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives departed from official American policy which supports the creation of a Palestinian state […]

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Palestinians Slam Remarks from U.S. Candidate

Posted December 10th, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Palestinians leaders are denouncing comments made by U.S. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, who referred to Palestinians as an “invented” people. The remarks from the former Speaker of the House of Representatives were released on Friday by the Jewish Channel, a U.S. cable television station. Mr. Gingrich said historically, there was “no Palestine as a […]

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Israeli Air Raids in Gaza Kill 1; Rockets Hit Israel

Posted December 8th, 2011 at 11:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Palestinian medical sources say two Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip killed at least one civilian and wounded more than 10 others early Friday. The air strikes targeted Palestinian militants, including a Hamas training camp. The Israeli military confirmed the air raids, saying they were in response to rockets fired deep into southern Israel […]

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Panetta to Israel: ‘Get to the Damn Table’ for Peace Talks

Posted December 3rd, 2011 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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The top U.S. defense official is warning Israel it cannot afford to further isolate itself from Arab neighbors in the Middle East. During a forum in Washington late Friday, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Israel needs to start by getting back “to the damn table” and negotiating peace with the Palestinians. He also called […]

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Panetta: Israel Must Work to End Regional Isolation

Posted December 2nd, 2011 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has urged Israel to make diplomatic efforts to rebuild regional support and stop the Jewish state’s growing isolation from traditional partners like Turkey and Egypt. In remarks that he was due to deliver in Washington on Friday evening, Panetta said the United States continues to be committed to safeguarding Israel’s […]

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Army: Rockets Fired from Lebanon Hit Israel

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 9:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel’s army says several rockets fired from southern Lebanon hit the country’s north early Tuesday, but there were no casualties reported. A military statement said the rockets landed in the western Galilee region and at least one of them exploded, causing minor damage. The French News Agency quoted army sources as saying Israel retaliated, striking […]

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Israeli President Begins Diplomatic Visit to Vietnam

Posted November 23rd, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli President Shimon Peres arrived in Vietnam Wednesday for a diplomatic visit aimed at boosting economic and political ties with one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing economies. After signing a series of bilateral agreements on shipping and finance, Mr. Peres told reporters that his country was committed to improving bilateral relations with Vietnam. It is […]

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Israel to Invite Bids for 800 Settler Homes

Posted November 15th, 2011 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The Israeli government said Tuesday it plans to invite bids for the construction of more than 800 new homes in East Jerusalem. Housing Ministry spokesman Ariel Rosenberg said the tenders to build the new homes in Har Homa and Pisgat Zeev settlements are expected to be issued in the next several weeks. The decision to […]

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International Efforts Under Way to Revive Mideast Peace Process

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The Quartet of Middle East peace mediators seeking to revive the stalled peace process between Israel and the Palestinians held separate talks with the two sides Monday, but expectations of a breakthrough are low. The chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, said after the meeting the Palestinians are ready to discuss all issues, once Israel proves […]

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Obama told Sarkozy US ‘Disappointed’ With French Vote on Palestine

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he used a private meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy earlier this month to express “significant disappointment” with a French vote in favor of Palestinians joining the U.N. cultural heritage agency, UNESCO. Mr. Obama’s private November 3 meeting with Mr. Sarkozy ahead of a Group of 20 summit in the […]

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