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Senators Hatch, Lieberman oppose Israel return to 1967 lines

WASHINGTON — US senators proposed a resolution Thursday opposing any Israeli withdrawal to 1967 lines, dealing a symbolic blow to President Barack Obama’s efforts to renew peace talks. “It is contrary to United States policy and national security to have the borders of Israel return to the armistice lines that…

GOP candidate Herman Cain: Palestinians should get ‘nothing’ in peace deal

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Sunday that as president, he would offer the Palestinians “nothing” as part of a peace deal with Israel. “I’m not convinced that the Palestinians are really interested in peace,” Cain told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. “If we look at history, it has been clear…

Israeli PM Netanyahu: U.S. ‘does not understand reality’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israel said the United States ”does not understand reality” as its leader arrived in Washington on Friday after President Barack Obama endorsed a longstanding Palestinian demand on borders of a future state. In a policy speech on the eve of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit, Obama laid down his clearest markers yet on the…

Mitt Romney accuses Obama of betraying Israel

WASHINGTON — Top Republican contenders for the White House in 2012 accused President Barack Obama on Thursday of betraying staunch US ally Israel in his new long-shot push for Middle East peace. “President Obama has thrown Israel under the bus,” thundered former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, generally viewed as the…

Obama: Israel Palestinian talks ‘more vital than ever’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that political turmoil battering the Middle East made it “more vital than ever” that Israel and the Palestinians get back to the negotiating table. Despite a mood of deep pessimism surrounding Obama’s peace drive, in Israel, in Washington and in the Palestinian…

Israel becomes CERN nuclear group member

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel’s cabinet on Sunday announced it had approved the country’s membership in the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, becoming the research group’s first non-European delegation. “Israel is joining an exclusive club, which provides unusual visibility, exposure, prestige and international status,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in announcing…

Israel, Palestinians float Gaza ceasefire plan

JERUSALEM – Israeli and Palestinian officials floated a ceasefire on Sunday to end an upsurge of violence in Gaza, as Israel warned of a still stronger response if rocket fire from the coastal strip continues. Speaking shortly after a rocket fired from Gaza struck near the southern city of Ashkelon,…

Israeli minister proposes Gaza artificial island

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel is considering building an artificial island with sea and air ports off blockaded Gaza, as a long-term solution to shipping goods into the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave, the transport minister said. Yisrael Katz told Army Radio on Wednesday he wants an international force to control the island for…

Israeli air strike ‘kills two in Gaza’

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories – An Israeli air strike killed two Gaza militants on Sunday, threatening to prompt more tit-for-tat attacks a day after militants committed to calm if Israel reciprocated. “Two Palestinians were killed and another wounded Sunday morning in an Israeli air raid on targets east of Jabaliya,”…

Gates first U.S. defense chief to visit Palestinians

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Robert Gates on Friday became the first U.S. Defense Secretary to visit the West Bank, meeting Palestinian leaders keenly aware of every little nod to their hopes of achieving statehood. Children in Ramallah stared as the long motorcade of U.S. cars wound through the streets…

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