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U.S., Israeli military chiefs meet

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his US counterpart Leon Panetta met Monday at the Pentagon to discuss political changes in the region ahead of the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations. At the second Pentagon meeting for the two defense leaders since Panetta became Defense Secretary in…

Egypt recalls envoy from Israel over deaths

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt said Saturday it would withdraw its ambassador from Israel, insisting the killing of five Egyptian security personnel while Israeli forces pursued gunmen across the border was a breach of its 1979 peace treaty with the Jewish state. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel regretted the…

U.S. ‘deeply troubled’ by new Israeli settlements

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday that Israel’s decision to build nearly 300 new homes in the occupied West Bank is “deeply troubling,” and contradict efforts to revive peace talks with the Palestinians. “We have seen… reports of this approval for apartments in the West Bank. We consider it…

Republican Senator urges Obama to support war with Iran, ‘confrontation’ with China

The United States faces a possible war with Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions and a “period of confrontation” with China over its currency, a top US lawmaker warned Saturday. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said his fellow conservative, fresh from their historic elections romp this week, support “bold” action to…

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