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Israel’s Barak meets with US Defense Secretary

TEL AVIV – Popular uprisings sweeping through Arab states will bring positive change in the “long run,” Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Thursday, despite his country’s fears of instability. Accustomed to working with entrenched regimes for decades, Israel has looked on with dismay as mass protests toppled the…

Israel’s Barak quits Labour and forms new party

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Monday he was leaving his struggling Labour party and setting up a new centrist party called “Independence,” in a move set to strengthen the Israeli government. The surprise decision will see Barak and four other deputies leaving the strife-torn faction as…

Israeli prime minister: We won’t share Jerusalem

Israel’s leader on Sunday dismissed a call from a key government partner to share the holy city of Jerusalem with the Palestinians, a reminder of the obstacles facing already troubled peacemaking efforts. Conflicting claims to east Jerusalem lie at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The dispute over the area,…

Palestinians crack down on Hamas after shooting

Palestinian forces arrest dozens of Hamas members after 4 Israelis killed in West Bank Palestinian security forces arrested more than 150 Hamas members in an overnight sweep throughout the West Bank after the Islamic militant group claimed responsibility for shooting dead four Israelis on the eve of new Mideast peace…

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