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Red Cross Demands Hamas Prove Israeli Soldier is Alive

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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The International Red Cross has demanded that the Palestinian militant group Hamas prove that kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is alive. In a statement Thursday, the ICRC said its demand comes because there has been no sign of life from Shalit for almost two years. The 24-year-old was last seen in a 2009 videotape released […]

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Egypt Jails 3 for Spying for Israel

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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A court in Egypt has sentenced an Egyptian businessman and two Israelis to 25 years in prison for spying for Israel. The court on Thursday sentenced Tareq Hassan, who was accused of seeking to recruit telecommunications workers in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon to become Israeli spies. Hassan, who runs an import-export company, was arrested last […]

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US Warns Americans Against Joining Gaza Aid Flotilla

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has warned Americans against participating in an international aid flotilla aimed at breaking Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. A new State Department travel warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, issued Wednesday, said U.S. citizens could face arrest, prosecution and deportation by Israel if they join the flotilla. It […]

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Israeli PM Congratulates Turkish Counterpart on Election Victory

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Mr. Erdogan repeatedly criticized Israel for launching a major offensive against the Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza in late 2008. Israel said the offensive was aimed at stopping Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli communities.

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Israel Authorizes New Gaza Housing Project

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel has approved one of the largest housing projects the Gaza Strip has seen in years, authorizing the construction of 1,200 new homes and 18 schools in the impoverished Palestinian territory. Military spokesman Guy Inbar said Tuesday that Israel had given the United Nations Relief and Works Agency – which assists Palestinian refugees – the […]

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Explosion Guts Israeli Apartment Building, Killing Four

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli officials say they believe a gas leak caused a massive explosion that gutted an apartment building, killing four people and injuring dozens of others. Authorities said the blast occurred early Friday in the coastal city of Netanya. They describe the explosion as an accident. Investigators are trying to determine the exact cause of the […]

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US Envoys Meet with Israelis, Palestinians

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Senior U.S. diplomats are in the Middle East trying to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that collapsed last year. Dennis Ross and David Hale met Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They also traveled to Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, where they spoke with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. Hale is scheduled to […]

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US Envoys Try to Renew Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Senior U.S. diplomats are in Jerusalem to try to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that collapsed last year. U.S. and Israeli officials confirmed the visit by Dennis Ross and David Hale Wednesday. It is the first time the pair has visited the region since U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell resigned last month after failing to […]

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Israeli Foreign Minister: Grapel is Not a Spy

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Israel’s foreign minister says a U.S.-Israeli citizen arrested in Egypt Sunday is not a spy. Avigdor Lieberman said on Israel’s Army Radio Tuesday that American-born Ilan Grapel had no ties with Israeli or American intelligence services, no matter how “strange” or “careless” his behavior. The U.S. says a consular officer visited Grapel in prison Monday […]

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Israeli Foreign Minister: Grapel is Not a Spy

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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Israel’s foreign minister says a U.S.-Israeli citizen arrested in Egypt Sunday is not a spy. Avigdor Lieberman said on Israeli military radio Tuesday that American-born Ilan Grapel had no ties with Israeli or American intelligence services, no matter how “strange” or “careless” his behavior. The U.S. says a consular officer visited Grapel in prison Monday […]

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