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Turkish PM: Israel Threat Because of Nuclear Weapons

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Israel is a threat to the Middle East because it possesses nuclear weapons. Mr. Erdogan made his comments Wednesday in a foreign policy speech during a trip to South Africa. He did not explain why he made the claim about the Jewish state. Israel has never confirmed or […]

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US: Quartet to Meet in Brussels to Discuss Reviving Mideast Peace Talks

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says the Quartet of Mideast peace mediators will meet Sunday in Brussels to discuss how to implement a new proposal for reviving Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The U.S. State Department said Tuesday that U.S. special envoy David Hale will attend the Brussels meeting with representatives of other Quartet members including the European Union, […]

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US Defense Chief Criticizes Palestinian Aid Block

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has criticized U.S. lawmakers for suspending $200 million in aid slated to fund development projects in the Palestinian territories. Panetta said Monday at a news conference in Tel Aviv with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak that this is “no time to withhold those funds.” He said it is a “critical” […]

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US Defense Chief Warns About Palestinian Aid Block

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 10:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has criticized lawmakers at home for suspending $200 million in aid slated to fund development projects in the Palestinian territories at what he calls a “critical” moment in the region. Speaking Monday at a news conference with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Tel Aviv, Panetta said this is “no […]

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Panetta: Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Only Way to Mideast Peace

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says there is “no alternative to negotiations” between Israelis and Palestinians in securing a peaceful resolution to the Middle East conflict. Speaking at a news conference in Tel Aviv Monday with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Panetta urged both sides to take “bold action” to move toward a two-state solution. […]

Panetta: Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Only Way to Mideast Peace

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says there is “no alternative to negotiations” between Israelis and Palestinians in securing a peaceful resolution to the Middle East conflict. Speaking at a news conference in Tel Aviv Monday with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Panetta urged both sides to take “bold action” to move toward a two-state solution. […]

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Panetta: Israel Becoming Increasingly Isolated

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 12:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East amid the ongoing upheaval that has swept across the region this year. He said Sunday while traveling to Israel for his first visit as defense chief that Israeli leaders must restart negotiations with the Palestinians and work to […]

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Israel Accepts Plan to Restart Mideast Talks

Posted October 2nd, 2011 at 9:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel has formally accepted an international plan for restarting peace negotiations with the Palestinians, but the immediate resumption of talks appears unlikely as the two sides continue to differ over terms of the proposal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday welcomed “the Quartet’s call for direct negotiations without preconditions.” He said Israel has concerns about […]

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Israel Accepts Quartet Plan for Talks With ‘Some Concerns’

Posted October 2nd, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel says it has accepted an international plan for resuming peace talks with the Palestinians while expressing some reservations, an announcement that drew Palestinian criticism. In a statement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel “welcomes the Quartet’s call for direct negotiations between the parties without preconditions.” Mr. Netanyahu also said Israel has “some concerns” […]

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UN Panel Takes Up Palestinian Membership Bid

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.N. Security Council committee met behind closed doors Friday to begin considering a Palestinian bid for membership. The committee is in the assessment phase of determining whether the Palestinian request meets U.N. charter requirements, which include having a recognized government. The panel agreed to meet again next week. On Wednesday, the Security Council referred […]

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