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Israel’s land seizure: political favor or West Bank game-changer?

by Ben Sales, JTA

1 hour ago

Children seen playing in the streets of the settlement of Gvaot, Sept. 2, 2014. Two days earlier the Israeli government declared part of the settlement, located near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, as state land. (Miriam Alster/Flash 90)/JTA

In the days after the war in Gaza concluded, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to bear left.

He spoke of a “possible diplomatic horizon” for Israel on Aug. 27 and... read full article

  • Olmert retrial in Talansky Affair begins

    JTA

    4 hours ago

    Ehud Olmert went on trial for the second time in the the bribery case that led the Israeli prime minister to resign in 2008.

    Olmert’s retrial in what became known as the Talansky Affair began with a hearing Tuesday in Jerusalem District Court.

    Israel’s Supreme Court ordered the...

  • Obama administration calls on Israel to reverse land appropriation

    JTA

    5 hours ago

    The Obama administration formally called on Israel to reverse its appropriation of West Bank land for settlement building, saying it was counterproductive to peace efforts.

    “We are deeply concerned about the declaration of a large area as ‘state land’ to be used for expanded...

  • Palestinian driver killed attempting to run West Bank checkpoint

    JTA

    5 hours ago

    A Palestinian driver was killed as he tried to run over Israeli soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint.

    Another Palestinian in the minivan and an Israeli civilian also were injured in the Tuesday afternoon incident.

    The driver was seriously wounded when an Israeli soldier opened...

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  • Israel raises alarm over Islamist militants on its frontiers

    by Luke Baker, Reuters

    5 hours ago

    Israel's frontier with Syria, where militants have kidnapped 45 U.N. peacekeepers, has become a magnet for Islamist activity and Israel itself is now a target, the defense minister and security analysts said on Tuesday.

    The Nusra Front, an al-Qaida-linked group fighting Syrian...

  • Hamas popularity surges as Palestinian rivalry flares

    Reuters

    6 hours ago

    Militant group Hamas would sweep Palestinian elections if they were held today after its support soared during seven weeks of war with Israel in Gaza, an opinion poll published on Tuesday found.

    The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research said the poll showed Islamists...

  • End of Gaza war doesn’t translate into peace

    by Jeffrey Heller, Reuters

    7 hours ago

    A week after the guns fell silent in the Gaza war, Israel and the Palestinians seem to have little appetite or incentive for a return to U.S.-sponsored peace and statehood talks that collapsed five months ago.

    With conflicts raging in Ukraine, Iraq and Syria – and the future of...

  • Syrian rebels reinforce siege of U.N. peace-keepers on Golan Heights

    Reuters

    3 days ago

    Islamist militants surrounding 40 Filipino peace-keepers in the Golan Heights have reinforced their siege with fighters who arrived in more than 20 vehicles, U.N. diplomatic sources told Reuters on Saturday.

    "As we speak more rebels in more than 20 vehicles are approaching and...

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