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Jeffrey Heller

Israeli minister's mosque tour highlights diplomatic push in the Gulf

Oct 29 2018

JERUSALEM An Israeli cabinet minister's visit to Abu Dhabi's grand mosque gave more momentum on Monday to Israel's diplomatic push in the Gulf, where it sees Arab states as its natural allies against regional powerhouse Iran.

Israel puts West Bank Bedouin village eviction on hold for several weeks

Oct 21 2018

JERUSALEM Israel said on Sunday it would put on hold for "a number of weeks" its threatened razing of a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank amid international calls to drop the plan, saying it would try to negotiate an evacuation.

Germany's Merkel visits Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, vows to fight anti-Semitism

Oct 04 2018

JERUSALEM Head bowed, German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid homage in Jerusalem on Thursday to the six million Jews killed by the Nazis and said Germany had a responsibility to confront anti-Semitism and never to forget the Holocaust. | Video

Israel reinforces troops outside Gaza as border protests enter seventh month

Oct 04 2018

JERUSALEM Israel said it was reinforcing troops around Gaza on Thursday as a precaution against Palestinian border protests now in their seventh month, and threatened the enclave's ruling Hamas Islamists with a "very harsh" response in the event of attacks.

Egypt's Sisi urges peace talks restart at meeting with Israel's Netanyahu

Sep 27 2018

JERUSALEM/CAIRO Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for a resumption of Israel-Palestinian peace talks when he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Sisi's office said on Thursday.

Twenty-five years on, Oslo Accords peace hopes a fading memory

Sep 12 2018

JERUSALEM As Palestinians prepare to lower the flag over their shuttered mission in Washington, no one can predict when they will return to the city where just a quarter of a century ago a diplomatic triumph was celebrated on a sunlit White House lawn.

UNRWA chief defends refugee criteria for millions of Palestinians

Sep 03 2018

JERUSALEM Millions of Palestinian refugees "cannot simply be wished away", the head of a U.N. support agency said on Monday, hitting back at a U.S. aid cutoff and allegations its work only perpetuates their plight. | Video

Israeli court lines up behind unauthorized settlement

Aug 29 2018

JERUSALEM An Israeli court has given legal recognition to a Jewish settlement built without Israeli government authorization on privately owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, breaking new judicial ground.

Uri Avnery, first Israeli to meet Arafat, dies at 94

Aug 20 2018

JERUSALEM Uri Avnery, a left-wing peace activist who in 1982 became the first prominent Israeli to meet in public with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, died on Monday in a Tel Aviv hospital. He was 94.

Israel rebuffs Russian offer to keep Iranian forces from Golan: official

Jul 23 2018

JERUSALEM Israel rebuffed on Monday a new Russian offer to keep Iranian forces in Syria away from the Golan Heights ceasefire line, an Israeli official said, complicating Moscow’s bid to stabilize the country as the civil war there wanes.

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