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Israel and Hamas agree Gaza truce: officials

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel and the Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, have agreed to a ceasefire after five days of cross-border violence, officials said on Monday. One official who was involved in mediating talks between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza said the groups had “reached an…

Israel PM pledges ‘concrete’ economic solutions amid protests

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday pledged “concrete solutions” to the cost of living in Israel but warned that reforms would be constrained by the fragility of the world economy. A day after police said at least 50,000 people protested in Israel’s “periphery” towns and cities, Netanyahu told…

Palin ‘due in Israel’ for private visit

JERUSALEM — Sarah Palin, darling of the US Republican right, is to arrive in Israel at the weekend for a “private visit” during which she will meet Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, media reports said on Thursday. A spokesman for the Israeli premier could not immediately confirm a report in the top-selling…

Israeli PM offers conditional settlements freeze

Israeli PM offers renewed settlement freeze in West Bank, but only with conditions Israel’s prime minister on Monday offered to extend a moratorium on Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank, but only if the Palestinians meet his demand to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. With the proposal, Benjamin…

Haaretz analysis: The government failed the test of results

“The government failed the test of results,” the editor at large for Israel’s oldest leading newspaper writes in a blistering analysis calling for a full scale investigation of the deadly raid of a Gaza flotilla: an “act of protest [which resulted in] dead demonstrators and a grave international crisis.” “Prime…

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