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  • Few regrets in Mideast over Blair resignation
    Few regrets in Mideast over Blair resignation Thu, May 28, 2015

    Tony's Blair resignation as Middle East peace envoy has been widely welcomed by Palestinians who say his term was useless, and even some Israelis agree he failed to accomplish much. More »

  • French foreign minister to visit Israel, Palestinian territories as part of …
    French foreign minister to visit Israel, Palestinian territories as part of … Thu, May 28, 2015

    By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - France's foreign minister said on Thursday he would travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories in June, aiming to press ahead in getting an international consensus for a U.N. Security Council resolution that would set parameters for peace talks. There is no peace and security without justice for the Palestinians, but let's be frank justice hasn't been given to the Palestinians," Laurent Fabius told France Inter radio. France recently handed a working document to Arab League countries in preparation of a Security Council resolution that would set a timeframe and the exact parameters of new peace talks between Israelis and the Palestinians, French diplomats have said. More »

  • Former British PM Blair quits as Middle East envoy
    Former British PM Blair quits as Middle East envoy Wed, May 27, 2015

    Tony Blair resigned Wednesday as the Quartet diplomatic group's envoy, his office said, with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict he worked to end as troubled as ever. More »

  • Blair to leave Middle East envoy post after years of struggling diplomacy
    Blair to leave Middle East envoy post after years of struggling diplomacy Wed, May 27, 2015

    By Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Former prime minister Tony Blair is standing down as the Quartet representative in the Middle East, the organisation said on Wednesday, after eight years struggling to break ground in peacemaking between Israel and the Palestinians. Officials close to the Quartet of the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia, said Blair, 62, would continue to play an informal role in trying to forge a two-state solution between the Palestinians and Israel. A Quartet statement said Blair "plans to step aside" and expressed appreciation for what it called his "unwavering commitment to the cause of Israeli-Palestinian peace" and efforts to improve the Palestinian economy. More »

  • Israel president wouldn't rule out Hamas talks
    Israel president wouldn't rule out Hamas talks Wed, May 27, 2015

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin appeared to challenge a longstanding taboo on talks with the militant Islamic Hamas on Wednesday, saying he favoured dialogue with everybody. More »

  • Mogherini calls for resuming Palestinian-Israeli peace process
    Mogherini calls for resuming Palestinian-Israeli peace process Wed, May 27, 2015

    EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called Wednesday on Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace negotiations, saying the situation on the ground was "not sustainable." More »

  • Hamas 'Killed And Tortured Palestinians'
    Hamas 'Killed And Tortured Palestinians' Wed, May 27, 2015

    Hamas committed war crimes against Palestinians suspected of "collaborating" with Israel during last year's war in the Gaza Strip, says Amnesty International. "Hamas forces carried out a brutal campaign of abductions, torture and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of 'collaborating' with Israel and others during Israel's military offensive against Gaza," it said. More »

  • Amnesty International - Hamas committed war crimes against Gaza civilians Wed, May 27, 2015

    Amnesty International said in a report on Wednesday that Gaza's dominant Islamist Hamas committed war crimes against Palestinian civilians in the territory alleged to have collaborated with the enemy during last year's war with Israel. A ceasefire last August ended 50 days of fighting between Gaza militants and Israel in which health officials said more than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed. Israel put the number of its dead at 67 soldiers and six civilians. More »

  • Israel launches air strikes in Gaza after rocket attack
    Israel launches air strikes in Gaza after rocket attack Wed, May 27, 2015

    The Israeli air force carried out four strikes on militant targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, eyewitnesses said, hours after a cross-border rocket attack on the Jewish state. More »

  • Israel, Palestinians pull back after Gaza exchange of fire Wed, May 27, 2015

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israel and Palestinian militants appeared to be pulling back on Wednesday from further hostilities after Israel responded with air strikes to a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported on either side of the border, and Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon blamed the rocket launching late on Tuesday on "elements in the Islamic Jihad" group in the Hamas Islamist-run enclave. More »

  • Hamas executed Palestinians during Israel war: Amnesty
    Hamas executed Palestinians during Israel war: Amnesty Wed, May 27, 2015

    Amnesty International accused the Islamist movement Hamas Wednesday of committing war crimes against fellow Palestinians to "settle scores" during last year's Gaza war with Israel, executing at least 23 people. More »

  • Rocket fired from Gaza lands near Israeli port Ashdod - police Tue, May 26, 2015

    A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near the Israeli port city of Ashdod on Tuesday but no casualties or damage were reported, police and the military said. Palestinian militants in Gaza launched thousands of rockets and mortar bombs into Israel during a war last July and August in which Israeli shelling and air strikes battered the small, coastal Palestinian enclave. Tuesday's rocket landed near Ashdod some 20 km (12 miles) north of the Gaza border and security forces were searching for remnants. More »

  • Gaza rocket hits southern Israel: army
    Gaza rocket hits southern Israel: army Tue, May 26, 2015

    A rocket fired by militants in the Palestinian Gaza Strip hit southern Israel on Tuesday, the army said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. More »

  • Egyptian court sentences eight militants to death for army attack - sources Tue, May 26, 2015

    Judicial sources said the charges also included association with a "terrorist" organisation and weapons possession. The ruling, which can be appealed, followed the referral of the death sentence to the Grand Mufti, Egypt's highest Sunni Muslim authority. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi faces a growing Islamist insurgency based in the Sinai Peninsula adjoining Israel and the Gaza Strip. More »

  • Egypt opens Rafah crossing with Gaza for 48 hours
    Egypt opens Rafah crossing with Gaza for 48 hours Tue, May 26, 2015

    Egypt reopened its Rafah border crossing with Gaza for two days from Tuesday, Palestinian border officials said, for the first time since March. More »

  • Egypt opens Rafah to let stranded Palestinians return to Gaza Tue, May 26, 2015

    Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing on Tuesday, for the first time in nearly 80 days, to allow stranded Palestinians to return to the Gaza Strip, witnesses and officials said. Since the Egyptian army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in 2013, Cairo has largely kept Rafah, the main gateway to the Palestinian enclave that is run by the Islamist group Hamas, closed. Cairo accused Hamas, which shares the same agenda as Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood, of helping militants in Egypt's Sinai desert wage attacks against security forces, something Hamas denies. More »

  • Netanyahu offers to resume peace talks with settlement focus, official says
    Netanyahu offers to resume peace talks with settlement focus, official says Tue, May 26, 2015

    By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed resuming peace negotiations with the Palestinians but with the initial focus on identifying those Jewish settlements that Israel would keep and be allowed to expand, an Israeli official said on Tuesday. Peace talks collapsed in April 2014 over Israeli settlement-building in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, areas Palestinians seek for a state, and after Abbas angered Israel by reaching a unity deal with the Islamist group Hamas in Gaza. More »

  • Israel ex-PM Olmert sentenced to 8 months for corruption
    Israel ex-PM Olmert sentenced to 8 months for corruption Mon, May 25, 2015

    Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to eight months in prison for corruption on Monday, the latest legal blow in a spectacular fall from grace. More »

  • Israel briefly detains travelling Palestine player Fri, May 22, 2015

    By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - The Palestine Football Association (PFA) has complained to world football's governing body FIFA that Israeli authorities held up a national team player as the squad travelled from the West Bank to Tunisia on Thursday. The PFA said player Sameh Maraabah was temporarily detained by Israeli authorities at Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan late on Thursday. More »

  • Gaza's economy 'on verge of collapse' says World Bank Fri, May 22, 2015

    By Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Gaza's economy is in a worse state than any other in the world, with unemployment at a global high, output contracting sharply and the long-term prospects worrying, the World Bank said on Friday. Repeated rounds of conflict, internal divisions and the embargo Israel and Egypt impose have left the territory "on the verge of collapse", the report said, with its 1.8 million population facing poverty and destitution despite vast aid. "Blockades, war and poor governance have strangled Gaza's economy and the unemployment rate is now the highest in the world," said the report, drafted by Steen Lau Jorgensen, the World Bank's director for Gaza and the West Bank. More »

  • New messianic message for Israel diplomats
    New messianic message for Israel diplomats Fri, May 22, 2015

    A top Israeli diplomat, in a video seen by AFP on Friday, has instructed envoys to quote the Bible as giving Jews sovereignty over the entire Holy Land, including the West Bank. More »

  • Gaza facing 'dangerous fiscal crisis': World Bank
    Gaza facing 'dangerous fiscal crisis': World Bank Fri, May 22, 2015

    A Palestinian boy sits atop a destroyed house on which a banner is displayed during a rally marking the 67th anniversary of the "Nakba" on May 15, 2015 east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza ... More »