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How Abbas' Signature Could Derail Peace Talks

He moved to join 15 international organizations last night

(Newser) - The words appearing in a slew of leads about Israel and Palestine today: surprise and collapse. The former is a reference to a move by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who late yesterday signed a slew of applications to join 15 international treaties and conventions; as the New York Times puts... More »

US Dangles Notorious Israel Spy's Freedom to Save Talks

Jonathan Pollard swiped Navy secrets in 1980s

(Newser) - With Israeli-Palestinian peace talks on the brink of collapse, the US has pulled out a major bargaining chip: jailed spy Jonathan Pollard. The former civilian intelligence analyst for the US Navy is serving a life sentence for spying for Israel, and the Obama administration is considering releasing him early to... More »

Gaza Militants Strike Israel With Rocket Barrage

Islamic Jihad says it was avenging deaths of three members

(Newser) - Militants in the Gaza Strip fired dozens of rockets today into southern Israel, sending civilians rushing into bomb shelters but causing no casualties. The Israeli military says it's the largest rocket barrage since 2012, when it launched an eight-day air campaign in Gaza it said was aimed at stopping... More »

Israel: We Seized Iranian Ship Sending Missiles to Gaza

Hamas says it's not foolish enough to try to sneak through Israel's naval blockade

(Newser) - Israel raided a cargo vessel today that it says was loaded with Iranian missiles bound for Gaza. A special forces unit took the Kloc C, which is registered in Panama, in an early-morning raid personally overseen by Israeli Defense Forces chief Chief Benny Gantz, Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post report.... More »

Attorney: US Banking Aids Suicide Bombers

Gary Osen's lawsuit against the Arab Bank is making headway

(Newser) - A civil lawsuit is inching forward against the Jordan-based Arab Bank for allegedly facilitating payments to the families of suicide bombers—but there's also a US connection to the scheme, writes Adam Penenberg at Pando Daily . New York attorney Gary Osen, who filed the suit 10 years ago, says... More »

Palestinian President: We'd Let NATO Stay

Abbas says troops could remain in Palestinian state 'indefinitely': Thomas Friedman

(Newser) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has a security proposal for Israel: Work with us to establish a Palestinian state, and NATO soldiers can remain in it "for a long time, and wherever they want." In an interview with the New York Times ' Thomas Friedman and Jodi Rudoren, picked... More »

Stop Treating 'The Butcher of Beirut' Like a Saint

Rashad Khalidi lived through Ariel Sharon's onslaught

(Newser) - Ariel Sharon's death has brought on a bout of hagiography. The American and Israeli media will call him "controversial," but then call him a hero. Joe Biden praised him for his pursuit of peace yesterday, while Henry Kissinger terms him a "peacemaker" in today's Washington ... More »

Israel Frees Palestinians in US-Brokered Deal

PM Netanyahu takes heat from political right and left alike

(Newser) - Israel has released more than two dozen Palestinian prisoners convicted in deadly attacks against Israelis as part of a US-brokered package to restart Mideast peace talks. After departing on buses from Israeli jails overnight, the prisoners received hero's welcomes upon their return to the West Bank and Gaza with... More »

John Kerry: Israel's Settlements Are 'Illegitimate'

Netanyahu says he's 'concerned'

(Newser) - John Kerry threw a rhetorical jab at Israel, rebuking it for its latest round of West Bank settlement construction, after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem today. "Let me emphasize that the position of the United States is that we consider now, and have always considered, the... More »

Israel Frees Palestinians— Then Announces Construction

Jerusalem move sparks anger after prisoner release

(Newser) - Israel announced new construction in east Jerusalem—an area the Palestinians demand for their future state—just hours after it freed a group of Palestinian prisoners as part of a deal to set in motion peace talks. The building is seen as an attempt by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to... More »

Palestine: No Peace Talks After Fatal West Bank Clash

Israeli soldiers killed 3 Palestinians outside Jerusalem

(Newser) - A Palestinian official says planned peace talks with the Israelis scheduled for today have been called off following a deadly clash in the West Bank, in which Israeli soldiers killed three Palestinians during clashes outside Jerusalem. The official says the Palestinians decided to postpone today's meeting to protest the... More »

Israel Bombs 'Terror Site' in Lebanon

Attack comes after rockets fired into Israel yesterday

(Newser) - Yesterday, rockets flew from Lebanon into Israel; this morning, Israel has responded. Its military bombed an area south of Beirut that it referred to as a "terror site," the BBC reports. A rep for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command says one of its bases... More »

Israel Begins Freeing 26 Palestinian Prisoners

Israeli relatives of victims hold protests throughout the day

(Newser) - Israel released 26 Palestinian inmates, including many convicted in grisly killings, on the eve of renewed Mideast negotiations, angering families of those slain by the prisoners, who were welcomed as heroes in the West Bank and Gaza. Buses carrying the inmates departed the Ayalon prison in central Israel late today,... More »

Israel OKs 1.2K New Settlement Homes

As peace talks are supposed to re-start in 3 days

(Newser) - Israel's housing minister has given final approval to construct nearly 1,200 apartments in Jewish settlements, just three days before Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are to resume in Jerusalem. Today's announcement said the new homes would be built in settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, lands Israel... More »

Abbas: Not a Single Israeli in a Palestinian State

Palestinian leader stands firm as peace talks kick off

(Newser) - As his top aides and their Israeli counterparts sat down in Washington for the first direct peace talks in years , Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made it clear that he had not softened his stance on the presence of Israeli settlers and border forces in a future Palestinian state. "In... More »

Kerry Convinces Israel and Palestine to Resume Peace Talks

Netanyahu and Abbas agree to start talks again tomorrow in Washington

(Newser) - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will resume long-stalled direct peace talks tomorrow, according to the State Department. It says both sides have accepted invitations from John Kerry to come to Washington "to formally resume direct final status negotiations." A department spokesperson says Kerry called Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas... More »

Israel to Free 104 Palestinian Prisoners

Solid step toward resuming peace talks

(Newser) - Israel's Cabinet today approved the release of 104 long-held Palestinian prisoners, clearing a hurdle toward a possible resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks after five years as the US pushes to bring the two sides back to the table. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will next hold preliminary talks in Washington... More »

Kerry Wasting His Time on Mideast Peace Talks

Jeffrey Goldberg: Welcome to diplomatic 'Groundhog Day'

(Newser) - Congratulations, John Kerry. You've not only managed to get Israel and the Palestinian Authority to agree on new peace talks , you've even managed to score some prisoner releases in advance. What's next? Only for both sides to "sit down and yell at each other before retreating... More »

Israel to Release Longtime Prisoners Amid Palestine Talks

Some have been 'in jail for decades': minister

(Newser) - With Israel-Palestine talks potentially beginning next week , Israel will release some "heavyweight (Palestinian) prisoners in jail for decades," says top minister Yuval Steinitz. Details are fuzzy, but it's possible 350 prisoners could be released over several months, a Palestinian official tells the BBC ; some 100 of them... More »

Kerry Sees Breakthrough for Mideast Peace Talks

Israel, Palestinians might resume negotiations next week after years-long hiatus

(Newser) - Every US secretary of state has to try, right? John Kerry says Israel and the Palestinians will meet soon in Washington to finalize an agreement on relaunching peace negotiations for the first time in five years. Kerry told reporters that he and the two sides "reached an agreement that... More »

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