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Israel plans Jordan border fence to stop migrants

JERUSALEM, Israel — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told ministerial colleagues on Sunday that he planned to strengthen barriers along his country’s border with Jordan, the Jerusalem Post reported. The English-language daily’s website said Netanyahu told ministers from his Likud party that he feared illegal migrants who currently enter Israel…

Israeli officials slam Holocaust symbols at protest

Israeli officials on Sunday slammed ultra-Orthodox protesters who donned symbols of the Holocaust, including yellow stars, at a demonstration against “media attacks” on their religious community. “It’s shocking and terrifying,” Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak told public radio on Sunday, a day after hundreds gathered to protest “incitement against the…

Israel plans more than 1,000 new settlement homes

JERUSALEM — Israel’s housing and construction ministry said on Sunday it was to publish tenders for the construction of more than 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. According to the ministry’s website, the tenders are for 500 new units in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Har…

Obama, pushing back at Republicans, defends Israel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama assured Jewish voters on Friday he remains committed to Israel’s security and a two-state solution with the Palestinians as he defended himself against attacks on his policy from Republican presidential challengers. Obama, who has been criticized by Republicans and some in the American Jewish…

Jewish settlers set fire to mosque, defy Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – People thought to be Jewish settlers set fire to a mosque, damaging its interior, in the West Bank on Thursday after Israeli forces tore down structures in a settler-outpost built without government approval. The vandalism appeared to be the latest act of defiance by militant settlers whom…

Republicans slam Obama on Israel, Iran

WASHINGTON — Republican White House hopefuls slammed US President Barack Obama’s policy towards Israel on Wednesday, charging he has undermined its security, set back Middle East peace efforts, and coddled Iran. Speaking to hundreds of their party’s Jewish activists, the candidates called for “regime change” in Iran and Syria and…

Saudi Arabia may join nuclear arms race: ex-spy chief

Saudi Arabia may consider acquiring nuclear weapons to match regional rivals Israel and Iran, its former intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal said on Monday. “Our efforts and those of the world have failed to convince Israel to abandon its weapons of mass destruction, as well as Iran… therefore it is…

Report: Israeli model underlies militarization of U.S. police

The extreme militarization of American police forces has been brought to public attention by the tactics employed against Occupy protesters, which often appear more appropriate to counter-terrorism operations than to the control of non-violent protest. According to investigative journalist Max Blumenthal, however, the proper term for this ruthless suppression of…

Obama battles charges he’s not Israel’s friend

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama this week stepped up a counterattack against Republican opponents levelling angry, politically fraught charges that he has shortchanged staunch US ally Israel’s security. With an eye on the November 2012 elections, Republicans energized by Obama’s low popularity have slammed his Middle East policy, hoping to…

Panetta: Israel must get to the ‘damn’ peace table

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged Israel on Friday to get back to the “damn” negotiating table with Palestinians and take steps to address what he described as the Jewish state’s growing isolation in the Middle East. Panetta, addressing a forum in Washington, also made one of his…

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