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Obama UN speech boosts rating in Israel: poll

JERUSALEM — US President Barack Obama’s speech to the United Nations last week has sent his popularity among formerly sceptical Israelis soaring, according to a poll published on Wednesday. The poll, in the English-language Jerusalem Post newspaper, showed 56 percent of respondents consider the Obama administration’s policies more beneficial to…

Netanyahu suggests new settlement freeze unlikely

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested in an interview published Tuesday that he would not seek to lure the Palestinians back to peace talks by renewing a freeze on settlement building. “We already gave at the office,” Netanyahu told The Jerusalem Post, referring to a 10-month partial settlement freeze that…