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Israel approves 1,100 more settlement homes

(Reuters) – Israel approved on Tuesday the construction of 1,100 homes for Jews on annexed land in the West Bank, a move that will complicate international efforts to renew peace talks and defuse a crisis over a Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas applied at…

Abbas stakes Palestine’s statehood claim at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked theUnited Nations on Friday to recognize a state for his people, even though Israel still occupies its territory and the United States has vowed to veto the move. Abbas handed U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon a letter requesting full U.N. membership, which the Security Council must consider — although this may take some…

Palestinians set to apply for U.N. statehood

Last-minute talks and the threat of a US veto have failed to divert Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas from his historic quest to seek state membership at the United Nations on Friday. Abbas is to hand the application letter to UN chief Ban Ki-moon at 11:35 am (1535 GMT), Palestinian UN…

Palestinians hurtle towards UN showdown

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas has set a collision course with Israel and the United States, determined to try to force a vote on his bid for full UN membership for a Palestinian state. Flying in the face of strong opposition, Abbas met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday…

Palestinians vow UN membership amid diplomatic tussle

President Mahmud Abbas has promised Palestinians he will seek UN membership before the Security Council next week, amid mounting opposition from Israel and the United States. With Washington calling the move “counterproductive,” Abbas told Palestinians in a televised address on Friday: “It is our legitimate right to demand the full…

Egypt on alert as protestors attack Israel embassy

Egypt declared a state of high alert Saturday as police clashed with protesters who raided a building housing the Israeli embassy in Cairo, prompting Washington to call for protection of the mission. Hundreds of Egyptian soldiers backed by armoured cars were rushed to the embassy district after US President President…

Israel PM pledges action after mass protests

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged “real” economic change on Sunday after massive nationwide protests that broke Israeli records and prompted questions about the future of the social movement. Speaking to his cabinet after an estimated 450,000 people turned out for demonstrations across the country seeking lower living…

Over 250,000 join Israel ‘social justice’ demos: media

More than 250,000 people took to the streets in cities across Israel on Saturday night to protest the high cost of living and income disparity in the Jewish state, Israeli media reported. Israeli news channel 10 said some 275,000 people were already in the streets, a figure approaching the record-breaking…

Israelis call for ‘demo of one million’

Israeli activists have called for a “demonstration of one million” people as part of their ongoing protest movement against rising costs of living in the Jewish state, organisers said Friday. It will be held Saturday evening across Israel, the organisers said. “We are actually counting on rallying hundreds of thousands…

Israel sees Palestinian statehood bid a ‘greater threat’ than Hamas

The Palestinian campaign to secure full UN membership presents a greater threat to Israel than that posed by Hamas, the Israeli finance minister said on Wednesday. “This Palestinian initiative represents a more serious threat than that posed by Hamas,” Yuval Steinitz told Israel’s public radio, referring to Gaza’s Islamist rulers…

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