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Israel’s Settlement Plans Cast Doubt On Commitment To Peace

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Israel’s decision to accelerate planning for some 1,000 new settler homes in East Jerusalem raises serious doubts about the Israeli commitment to peace with the Palestinians, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday. An Israeli government official said on Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will expedite preparations for new settler [...]

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An anonymous U.S. official’s reported description of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “chickenshit”, or worthless coward, drew a sharp response on Wednesday from the Israeli leader – no stranger to acrimony with the Obama administration. The American broadside, in an interview in The Atlantic magazine, followed a month of heated exchanges [...]

Reuven Rivlin, the President of Israel, says his is a “sick society.” Rivlin spoke at a conference called “From Hatred of the Stranger to Acceptance of the Other.” Both Rivlin and Prof. Ruth Arnon, president of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, which organized the conference at its premises on the capital’s Jabotinsky Street, [...]

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 Says Soldier Kidnapped By Hamas Is Dead (Aug 2, 2014) IDF: Tunnels Will Be Destroyed Within [...]

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 [...]

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