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U.N. Chief Demands Israel Scrap East Jerusalem Settlement Plans

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel on Monday to scrap plans to expand settlements in East Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as the capital of a future state, and urged both sides to return rapidly to peace talks. Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle [...]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the White House criticism of Israeli settlement construction “goes against American values.” The tough words by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to deepen a rift with the White House over Israeli construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war and [...]

The right-wing narrative is that President Obama hates Israel and, thus Jews. He is, after all, a Muslim, right?  Well, if he is, he’s one Muslim the Israeli prime minister likes. Netanyahu cozied up to U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday ahead of an Oval Office meeting, thanking him ‘for the unflinching support you gave [...]

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – There is no value in peace talks with Israel unless the goal is ending its 47-year occupation of the Palestinian territories within a “firm timetable”, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations General Assembly on Friday. “It’s high time for this settlement occupation to end now,” Abbas told the 193-member [...]

Israel Shoots Down Syrian Jet

Israel shot down a Syrian jet flying over the Golan Heights. The military said a “Syrian aircraft infiltrated into Israeli air space” in the morning hours and that the military “intercepted the aircraft in mid-flight, using the Patriot air defense system.” The military would not say what type of aircraft was downed and said the [...]

#BREAKING Israeli-Palestinian talks to resume in Cairo Wednesday, officials say — Agence France-Presse (@AFP) September 20, 2014 Now read this:U.S. Criticized For Ferguson–By China, Egypt, Russia And Iran! (Aug 20, 2014) Crackdown Involves Burning Books (Aug 10, 2014) Israel Spied On John Kerry (Aug 3, 2014) ‘The United States Is Appalled’ (Aug 3, 2014) Rick [...]

Sam Harris’s new book, Waking Up is about being spiritual without being religious. In a related blog post, Harris addressed a question he is often asked about Israel, a state based on religion. “We have to get out of the religion business,” Dr. Harris told me, and that applies to states like Israel. But he [...]

Ted Cruz Booed Off Stage

The Texas senator was speaking at conference for Middle Eastern Christians when he was booed off stage. Cruz, the keynote speaker at the sold-out D.C. dinner gala for the recently-founded non-profit In Defense of Christians, began by saying that “tonight, we are all united in defense of Christians. Tonight, we are all united in defense [...]

Israel is being rebuked by the United States for what an anti-settlement group is calling the largest land grab in 30 years. Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared “state land, on the instructions of the political echelon” by the military-run Civil Administration. We urge the government [...]

JERUSALEM — When Issa Abu Khdeir drove a relative to the airport last month, police arrested two sons and him, and ransacked their Jerusalem home. Abu Khdeir, 58, said his family might have been targeted because they offered their home as a press center for Tariq Khdeir, 15, a nephew whose beating last month by [...]

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