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Israel police out in force after Muslim tombs defaced

JERUSALEM — Israeli police deployed reinforcements around Muslim and Christian sites in Jaffa on Sunday after graves in the mixed port town were found to be desecrated, a police spokeswoman said. “Police reinforcements have been deployed around the Muslim and Christian religious sites which are considered to be sensitive,” spokeswoman…

Hank Williams Jr. cut from ESPN’s team for good

ESPN announced Thursday that the network had permanently severed ties with Hank Williams Jr. after he publicly compared President Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler. Bocephus had told the hosts of Fox & Friends Monday that Obama playing golf with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was ‘like Hitler playing golf with…

Israel accuses deputy envoy to U.S. of security breach

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s deputy ambassador to the United States was dismissed after admitting a serious security breach that required “blood, sweat and tears” to repair, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday. The removal on Tuesday of veteran diplomat Dan Arbell over a media leak prompted Israeli commentators to…

Palestine state quest wins first victory in UNESCO vote

Palestine won a first diplomatic victory in its quest for statehood on Wednesday when the UNESCO executive committee backed its bid to become a member of the cultural body with the rights of a state. Palestine’s Arab allies braved intense US and French diplomatic pressure to bring the motion before…

Israel says newly approved homes ‘not settlement’

Israel on Wednesday rejected an international outcry over its plans to build 1,100 new homes in Gilo in annexed east Jerusalem, insisting the neighbourhood was “not a settlement.” “Gilo is not a settlement, nor is it an outpost,” Mark Regev, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told AFP. “Gilo is a neighbourhood in the…

U.S. angry at Israeli settlement move

DENVER, Colorado — The United States expressed clear frustration Tuesday at new Israeli settlement plans in east Jerusalem, in a sign of renewed tension with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Israel approved a plan to build 1,100 new homes in a Jewish settlement, prompting an angry reaction from the Palestinians…

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…

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…

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 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…

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