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Israel PM offers settlement talks if peace talks resume

NEW YORK (AFP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged that the future of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank would be among the first issues to be negotiated if the Palestinians resume direct peace talks. “One of the things we’ll discuss right away is settlements, and that’s what…

Guns belonging to Israel PM’s security detail ‘missing’

NEW YORK (AFP) – Four guns went missing and were believed to have been stolen from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security detail after American Airlines lost luggage containing the weapons, NBC reported. It said the Glock 9mm guns had been placed in checked baggage — as security protocol dictates…

Israel backs off Gaza blockade, will permit construction materials

Israel on Monday gave the go-ahead for the international community to import construction materials into the Hamas-run Gaza Strip in an easing of its blockade that won cautious praise. The government published a list of construction materials to be allowed entry into Gaza but only for projects approved by the…

Turkey, Israel hold secret talks to repair ties

ANKARA (AFP) – Turkey and Israel held secret talks to seek a way out of a deep crisis in bilateral ties since a deadly raid on Gaza-bound aid ships, officials said Thursday. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Israeli Trade Minister Benjamin Ben Eliezer met Wednesday in Brussels, where Davutoglu…

Israeli forces board Rachel Corrie aid boat, no casualties reported

Update: Rachel Corrie docked in Israel; Netanyahu praises operation The Rachel Corrie aid ship docked in Israel on Saturday after being prevented from reaching Gaza, with no repetition of the bloody violence that erupted when commandos stormed another aid boat earlier in the week. The Irish-owned 1,200-tonne vessel was escorted…

Israeli ambassador calls raid ‘responsible,’ likens to US attacks in World War II

Likens Israel’s attack on aid ship to US attack on Germany, Japan Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, called his country’s raid on an aid flotilla en route to Gaza “perfectly legal, perfectly humane and very responsible” in an interview Tuesday with Fox News. Oren likened the attack…

Haaretz analysis: The government failed the test of results

“The government failed the test of results,” the editor at large for Israel’s oldest leading newspaper writes in a blistering analysis calling for a full scale investigation of the deadly raid of a Gaza flotilla: an “act of protest [which resulted in] dead demonstrators and a grave international crisis.” “Prime…

Israeli allies freeze military ties over deadly Gaza ship raid

ANKARA — Israel’s allies froze military ties and summoned its ambassadors Monday over the storming of an aid flotilla bound for Gaza, as Muslim leaders slammed the deadly raid as “criminal” and “inhuman”. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was “shocked” by the Israeli navy’s assault on a convoy…

Israel blames activists for deaths, cheers commandos for ‘bravery’

Netanyahu gives military ‘full backing’ over raid OTTAWA — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave his “full backing” Monday to Israel’s military forces after a raid on a flotilla carrying aid to the Gaza Strip, which left up to 19 people dead. “The prime minister… reiterated his full backing for…

US backs UN resolution calling for nuclear-free Middle East that singles out Israel

Washington’s unprecedented backing for a UN resolution for a nuclear-free Middle East that singles out Israel has both angered and deeply worried the Jewish state although officials are cagey about openly criticising their biggest ally. The resolution adopted by the United Nations on Friday calls on Israel to join the…

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