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Netanyahu: The World Has Double Standards

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 8:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has challenged international opposition to his plans to build settlements on occupied land east of Jerusalem. Speaking to foreign reporters Monday, Mr. Netanyahu accused the international community of having double standards for condemning not-yet-built settlements in the West Bank while remaining silent during a historic visit to the Gaza Strip […]

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US Joins EU Nations in Pressuring Israel to Reverse Settlement Plans

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The Obama administration has joined European nations in trying to pressure Israel to reverse plans to build thousands of homes in the occupied areas of East Jerusalem and the West Bank, claimed by the Palestinians as part of an independent state. White House spokesman Jay Carney Monday said Israeli leaders should “exercise restraint” and “reconsider” […]

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Israel Says No Retreat on Settlement Plans

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel says it will not backtrack on a settlement expansion plan that has drawn strong international condemnation. An official in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Monday “Israel will continue to stand by its vital interests, even in the face of international pressure.” He said “there will be no change in the decision that […]

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Britain, France Summon Israeli Envoys Over Settlement Plan

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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Britain and France have summoned the Israeli ambassadors in their countries to express disapproval for Israel’s decision to develop a disputed area near East Jerusalem. Israel has authorized planning for the potential construction of 3,000 Jewish homes in a barren area that would involve linking East Jerusalem with Israel’s main West Bank settlement. The moves […]

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Israel to Withhold Tax Transfers to Palestinians Over UN Bid

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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Israel says it will withhold more than $100 million in taxes and tariff funds it collects on behalf of Palestinians to punish them for their successful bid to win United Nations statehood. Sunday’s move came as cheering crowds welcomed Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas back to the West Bank city of Ramallah following his diplomatic victory […]

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Clinton: Israel Settlement Expansion ‘Sets Back’ Peace Bid

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 12:10 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has criticized Israel’s announcement that it intends to build 3,000 settler homes in in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, following the Palestinian Authority’s successful United Nations recognition bid. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday the Obama administration, like previous administrations, has been “very clear with Israel that these […]

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Israel Reveals Plans to Expand Settlements After UN Vote

Posted November 30th, 2012 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel has revealed plans to build 3,000 new homes for its settlers in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, following the Palestinian Authority’s successful United Nations recognition bid. Israeli officials, speaking to the media on condition of anonymity, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government had authorized the building plans, as well as preliminary zoning […]

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Israeli Defense Minister Barak Quits Politics

Posted November 26th, 2012 at 9:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is quitting politics. In a surprise move Monday, Mr. Barak announced he will not run in the country’s January elections, but will stay in his post until a new government is formed. The 70-year-old former prime minister said he has “exhausted dealing with political life” and wants to spend more […]

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Israeli Defense Minister Barak Quits Politics

Posted November 26th, 2012 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is quitting politics. In a surprise move Monday, Barak announced he will not run in the country’s January elections, but will stay in his post until a new government is formed. The 70-year-old Barak, who is also a former prime minister, said he has “exhausted dealing with political life” and […]

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Israel Lifts Some Gaza Restrictions

Posted November 24th, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Palestinians in Gaza say Israel has relaxed some border restrictions since the two sides implemented an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire late Wednesday. Palestinian fishermen said they were able to travel as far as seven kilometers offshore without being harassed by Israeli officials, after Israel announced it was doubling the allowable distance. Israel says the blockade is meant […]

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