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Israel Pressing Ahead With Settlements Despite U.N. Vote

The Jerusalem municipality, undeterred by a U.N. anti-settlement resolution, is due to consider on Wednesday requests for construction permits for hundreds of new homes for Israelis in areas that Israel captured in 1967 and annexed to the city.

December 27, 2016
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Jeb Bush Says He Opposes Closing Gitmo, Doesn’t Read New York Times

Jeb touts his preferences in a recent interview, among which he noted that he doesn’t read The New York Times.

March 27, 2015

Kerry Holds ‘Constructive’ Talks With Palestinians

Washington (AFP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met for over two hours with Palestinian negotiators for “constructive” talks on future relations with Israel, a U.S. official said. The talks come just days after Israel announced its biggest grab of Palestinian land since the 1980s, and as a new showdown looms at the United […]

September 4, 2014

Gaza Truce Holds As U.S. Ties With Israel Show Strain

By Steve Weizman Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) — A fragile ceasefire around Gaza held for a second day Friday as Israel’s relations with its U.S. ally showed new signs of strain with tough talks looming on a more lasting peace. Washington denied a report that the White House was tightening the reins on the […]

August 15, 2014

White House In The Dark Over Arms Supplies To Israel: Report

Washington (AFP) — Israel secured supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon last month without the approval of the White House or the State Department, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Since officials there were caught off guard as they tried to restrain Israel’s campaign in Gaza, the administration of President Barack Obama has tightened controls […]

August 14, 2014

Gaza Truce Holds As The Two Sides Talk In Cairo

By Laura King, Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times After a shaky start, a new temporary truce in the Gaza Strip appeared to be holding Thursday. The two sides, which have been holding indirect talks in Cairo, agreed late Wednesday to a five-day cease-fire, according to Palestinian negotiators and the Egyptian government, which is mediating the […]

August 14, 2014

Gaza Cease-Fire Holds; Israeli Officials Head To Cairo For Truce Talks

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times As a three-day cease-fire appeared to hold on the ground in Gaza on Monday, Israeli negotiators returned to Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials and indirect discussions with Palestinian militants over a permanent truce and long-term arrangements. Banks and shops reopened in Gaza, allowing people to resume a cautious […]

August 11, 2014

Despite Concerns, United States Restocks Israel With Ammunition

By Jo Biddle Washington (AFP) — The United States confirmed it had restocked Israel’s supplies of ammunition, hours after finally sharpening its tone to condemn an attack on a United Nations school in Gaza. But while both the White House and the State Department condemned the shelling of the U.N.-run school in the Jabaliya refugee […]

July 31, 2014

Israeli Leader Says Cross-Border Tunnels Must Be Destroyed

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Amid mounting international concern over civilian casualties and demands for an immediate cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed Thursday that he would accept no truce that would prevent Israel from demolishing the cross-border tunnels that have become the focus of the ongoing fighting. Speaking at the […]

July 31, 2014

Israel Approves New Gaza Ceasefire As UN Rages Over School Strike

By Adel Zaanoun Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) — Israel agreed on Wednesday to observe a four-hour lull in Gaza several hours after a deadly strike on a school killed 16, drawing a furious response from a UN refugee agency. In a statement, the army said it had agreed to a humanitarian pause which was […]

July 30, 2014

Any Gaza Truce Must Lead To Hamas Disarmament: Kerry

Washington (AFP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Monday said international efforts to agree a truce between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza must lead to the disarmament of Hamas. Kerry, who arrived back in Washington late Sunday after a week-long mission in the Middle East to try to stop the fighting, told reporters […]

July 28, 2014

Children Killed In Gaza Camp As World Pleads For Truce

By Hazel Ward Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) — Exchanges of fire killed eight Palestinian children in a Gaza refugee camp and four people in Israel on Monday, shattering hopes for an end to three weeks of devastating violence. The missile that slammed into a public playground in the seafront Shati UN refugee camp also […]

July 28, 2014

Israel Army Warns Palestinians Around Gaza City To Flee

Jerusalem (AFP) — The Israeli army on Monday sent messages to thousands of Palestinians living near Gaza City to flee shortly after a mortar shell killed at least four people in Israel. “A short while ago, phonecalls were made and text messages were sent out to the civilian population of Shejaiya, Zeitun, and eastern Jabaliya […]

July 28, 2014

Israel Confirms Soldier Is Missing After Gaza Battle

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Israel’s military announced Tuesday that it was still trying to confirm the fate of a soldier presumed killed Sunday during a battle between Israeli forces and Hamas militants. The investigation began after a rocket-propelled grenade fired at an armored personnel carrier that had stalled in the east […]

July 22, 2014

Israeli Shelling Rocks Gaza; Palestinian Toll Tops 500

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times Gaza’s neighborhoods came under heavy shelling Monday as rockets continued to fly into Israel, and armed encounters between the sides claimed more lives ahead of U.S Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s expected arrival in the region. Even as Kerry and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon prepare to weigh […]

July 21, 2014

Casualties Mount As Israel Presses Its Ground Offensive In Gaza

By Alexandra Zavis and Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times ASHKELON, Israel — Thousands of Israeli troops, backed by tanks, warplanes, and gunboats, pressed deeper into the Gaza Strip on Friday as Palestinian militants returned fire with rockets and mortar rounds and terrified residents hunkered down in their homes. Israel launched the ground offensive late Thursday […]

July 18, 2014

U.S. Yet To Make Big Move To Seek Gaza Peace

By Stephen Collinson Washington (AFP) — The United States stuck to arm’s length diplomacy Wednesday even as the battle of Gaza saw Palestinian children cut down on the seashore and fresh volleys of Hamas rockets streak toward Israel. Whether it is fatigue with Middle East peace making, a paucity of partners to pressure Hamas into […]

July 17, 2014

Israel Resumes Airstrikes On Gaza Hours After Cease-Fire Attempt

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Hours after unilaterally accepting an Egyptian proposal, a nascent cease-fire collapsed as rocket fire continued from the Gaza Strip and Israel resumed military strikes on militant targets, government, and army officials said Tuesday. Earlier in the day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet approved the proposal […]

July 15, 2014

Deaths Mount As Israeli Jets Respond To Gaza Rockets

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Fighter jets and rockets continued to fly Friday between Israel and Gaza on the fourth day of the recent crisis that has killed 100 Palestinians and pinned down civilian populations on both sides of the border. The death toll rose overnight as Israel’s military struck at least […]

July 11, 2014

Israel Launches Airstrike Offensive In Gaza, Readies Ground Troops

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Responding to increasingly heavy rocket fire, Israel launched an open-ended offensive military operation in the Gaza Strip Tuesday to curb Hamas rocket fire, army officials said. After fierce volleys hurled 80 rockets at Israel Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his security cabinet and gave the military […]

July 8, 2014

Netanyahu Condemns ‘Abhorrent’ Killing Of Palestinian Teen

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued to face challenges on multiple fronts Monday as rocket fire from Gaza continued and tension between Jews and Arabs remained high the day after the arrest of six Jewish extremists suspected of killing a Palestinian teenager. Netanyahu called Hussein Abu Khdeir […]

July 7, 2014

Possible Revenge Killing Of Palestinian Teen Sparks Jerusalem Clashes

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Tensions mounted in Jerusalem as a local Palestinian teenager was found dead early Wednesday in what some fear may have been a reprisal attack for the killing of three Jewish Israeli teenagers abducted in the West Bank. The burned body of the victim, identified by family members […]

July 2, 2014

Israel Names Two Suspects In Disappearance Of Teens, Says They Also Are Missing

By Joel Greenberg, McClatchy Foreign Staff JERUSALEM — Israel on Thursday named two Palestinians it said had kidnapped three Jewish teenagers who disappeared while hitchhiking home from their religious schools in the West Bank two weeks ago. The Shin Bet security agency identified the Palestinians as Marwan Kawasmeh and Amer Abu Eisha, saying they were […]

June 27, 2014

Palestinian Leader Denounces Holocaust As ‘Heinous Crime’

By Batsheva Sobelman and Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau JERUSALEM — At a time when the Middle East peace process appears stymied, Israel received an unexpected olive branch when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the Holocaust and expressed sympathy with its victims. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labeled the comments a play for public […]

April 28, 2014

Israel Suspends Peace Talks With Palestinians Over Unity Deal

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Israel is suspending its involvement in peace talks and planning a series of sanctions against the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced Thursday. The decision, after a six-hour Israeli Cabinet meeting, followed Wednesday’s announcement of a reconciliation agreement between the two leading Palestinian factions, which will bring […]

April 24, 2014