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  • Israel says to release Palestinian tax funds, US welcomes
    Israel says to release Palestinian tax funds, US welcomes 15 hours ago

    Israel said Friday it will release hundreds of millions of dollars in tax funds it has withheld from the Palestinian Authority as a punitive measure. More »

  • Israel to stop withholding Palestinian tax revenues 16 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Friday that it will transfer Palestinian tax revenues it has been withholding as punishment for the Palestinians' application to join the International Criminal Court. More »

  • 8 children wounded by cluster bomb in south Lebanon
    8 children wounded by cluster bomb in south Lebanon 16 hours ago

    Eight children were wounded on Friday, one severely, when a cluster bomb from the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah exploded in south Lebanon, security and medical officials told AFP. More »

  • France to launch new UN push for Israel-Palestinian resolution
    France to launch new UN push for Israel-Palestinian resolution 17 hours ago

    France will soon begin talks at the United Nations on a new Security Council resolution to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday. More »

  • U.S. welcomes Israel release of Palestinian tax revenue -State Dept 17 hours ago

    The United States welcomed Israel's decision on Friday to release frozen tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority, three months after freezing the payments to protest unilateral Palestinian moves towards statehood. "We certainly hope both sides would be able to build on this," State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said. "We think it's an important step." Rathke told reporters at a briefing the move will benefit the Palestinian people and said that having a functioning Palestinian Authority is important to stability in the West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said the funds would be sent for humanitarian reasons and in line with "Israel's interests." The move may be seen as a bid to build bridges, particularly with the White House, which criticized hawkish comments about the Palestinians that Netanyahu made in the run-up to his election victory this month. More »

  • France to begin push for U.N. Middle East action in 'coming weeks'
    France to begin push for U.N. Middle East action in 'coming weeks' 17 hours ago

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - France plans to start discussions with partners in the "coming weeks" on a United Nations Security Council resolution to lay out parameters for ending the Middle East conflict, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday. "I hope that the partners who were reluctant will not be reluctant anymore," said Fabius, referring to the United States, which has traditionally shielded its ally Israel from any action at the U.N. The United States has said it would "reassess" its options on U.S.-Israel relations and Middle East diplomacy after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a stand last week against Palestinian statehood during his election campaign. More »

  • EU weighs new methods to coax Israel back to peace talks
    EU weighs new methods to coax Israel back to peace talks 17 hours ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is assessing new ways to push Israel back to the peace negotiating table with the Palestinians for a deal based on a two-state solution, working in tandem with the United States, EU officials say. More »

  • Israel says it will release frozen tax revenue to Palestinians
    Israel says it will release frozen tax revenue to Palestinians 18 hours ago

    Israel said on Friday it would release millions of dollars of tax income to the Palestinian Authority, three months after freezing the payments in protest at unilateral Palestinian moves towards statehood. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said the funds would be sent for humanitarian reasons and in line with "Israel's interests". The move may be seen as a bid to rebuild bridges, particularly with the White House, which criticised hawkish comments about the Palestinians that Netanyahu made in the build-up to his election victory this month. Israel stopped the monthly transfer of $130 million (87.25 million pounds) of tax and customs duties that it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in January after the organisation applied to join the International Criminal Court. More »

  • Six children wounded when old bomb explodes in Lebanon 18 hours ago

    Six children were wounded in a blast in southern Lebanon on Friday in what witnesses said appeared to be an explosion caused by old cluster bomb munitions dropped by Israeli forces during the 2006 war. The device exploded as the children were playing in the village of Zibqin, in a valley several kilometers from the frontier with Israel. Two of the children were seriously wounded and taken to hospital, the witnesses said. Israel dropped a large number of cluster bombs towards the end of the 2006 war. More »

  • Israel says it will release tax revenue to Palestinians
    Israel says it will release tax revenue to Palestinians 19 hours ago

    Prime minister's office says Israel will release tax revenues it withheld in response to Palestinian move to join ICC. More »

  • Hamas denounces EU decision to keep it on terror list
    Hamas denounces EU decision to keep it on terror list 19 hours ago

    Hamas on Friday denounced a European Union decision to keep the Palestinian Islamist group and de facto Gaza Strip ruler on its terrorism blacklist, despite a court ordering its removal. More »

  • Israel indicts Golan Druse on suspicion of spying for Syria 20 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli district court has indicted an Arab Druse from the Golan Heights on suspicion of spying for Syria. More »

  • Amid Gaza rubble, new center offers kids art, storytelling, and hope 21 hours ago

    “We’re using storytelling and art to teach free thinking, life skills, and ethics,” says Mohammed Isleem, who opened his home to the kids and secured funds for educators and free meals. His daughter-in-law, Doaa El-Jedy, was a driving force behind the center, with training in children’s education and a deep desire to help kids who have lived through so many conflicts they hardly know peace. More »

  • Isis war on Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is huge PR own goal
    Isis war on Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is huge PR own goal 21 hours ago

    It is rare that you find similarities between the leafy boulevards and smart cafes of Jerusalem's Jaffa Street and the hectic, traffic-snarled chaos of Ramallah's Al Manara Square, but on El Clasico matchdays the flags in both Israel and Palestine are the same – blue, red and white. The one thing (perhaps the only thing) that Israelis and Palestinians of all stripes can agree on is a love for either Real Madrid or Barcelona, and the few times a year that the Spanish titans meet are the times when the heavy and often ugly tension that so often hangs in the air in both cities is refreshingly absent. A love for Spanish football is something that applies throughout the Middle East and whether you are a Westerner, Arab, Kurd or Jew, you will be expected to come down on one side of the El Clasico divide, and be prepared to defend your choice forcefully and convincingly. Political or religious divisions mean nothing when Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are on the pitch. More »

  • Israel Chemicals makes $109 mln offer for Allana Potash
    Israel Chemicals makes $109 mln offer for Allana Potash Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Potash producer Israel Chemicals said on Friday it had made a C$137 million ($109.50 million) offer to buy Canada's Allana Potash, a deal it hopes will accelerate development of a mine in Ethiopia. Israel Chemicals (ICL) already owns 16.36 percent of shares in Allana, whose Danakhil project in northeast Ethiopia could yield up to 1 million tonnes of muriate of potash per year for 25 years. "Acquiring ownership of Allana will enable ICL to control the development of the Danakhil project, accelerate pre-construction engineering design work, as well as secure project financing," ICL said in a statement. The acquisition, which would be paid for in cash and shares in ICL's common stock, is supported by Allana's board of directors, but is still subject to conditions and regulations, ICL said. More »

  • REFILE-BRIEF-Shanghai International Port's 2014 net profit up 28.75 pct Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    (Adds bullet point, link) March 27 (Reuters) - Shanghai International Port Group CoLtd * Says 2014 net profit up 28.75 percent y/y at 6.77 billionyuan ($1.09 billion) * Says wins port operating licence in Israel for 25 yearsfrom 2021 Source text in Chinese: http://bit.ly/1BxA0MF;http://bit.ly/1937ESU Further company coverage: ($1 = 6.2139 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Hong Kong and Singapore newsrooms) More »

  • UN Mideast envoy calls on Security Council for Israel action Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s top Mideast envoy challenged the Security Council on Thursday to lead the way to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, suggesting it should present a framework for negotiations that "may be the only way to preserve the goal of a two-state solution." More »

  • Cutting losses on Iran nuclear deal, Israel eyes small print Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Dan Williams and John Irish JERUSALEM/PARIS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has begun to signal that Israel could resign itself to an Iranian nuclear deal that would leave its enemy with some uranium enrichment capability, a compromise he has long opposed. The shift seems surprising given Netanyahu's contentious speech to the U.S. Congress earlier this month in which he argued against world powers letting Tehran keep thousands of uranium centrifuges and remain on possible course to a bomb. Almost lost in the prime minister's March 3 denunciations in Congress was a line urging U.S. President Barack Obama to seek a "better deal" that "Israel and its neighbours may not like, but with which we could live, literally". More »

  • Disputes emerge as Netanyahu starts work on new Israel govt
    Disputes emerge as Netanyahu starts work on new Israel govt Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began talks Thursday to form a new Israeli government, which will have to mend shattered ties with key ally Washington, while tackling pressing social and security issues. More »

  • UN seeks settlement freeze from new Israeli government
    UN seeks settlement freeze from new Israeli government Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new government must take steps to freeze Jewish settlements that are threatening to "kill the very possibility of reaching peace," the UN's Middle East envoy said Thursday. More »

  • Israeli settlements may have already killed two-state bid - U.N.
    Israeli settlements may have already killed two-state bid - U.N. Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Israeli settlements on occupied land wanted by the Palestinians may have already killed a possible two-state solution, said the United Nations Middle East envoy on Thursday as he suggested the U.N. Security Council should take action on the peace process. Palestinians seek a state in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week ahead of his re-election he would not permit a Palestinian state to be created under his watch and promised to go on building settlements. More »

  • Top Arab Israeli MP begins 4-day march for Bedouins
    Top Arab Israeli MP begins 4-day march for Bedouins Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Israel's top Arab MP began a four-day walk to Jerusalem on Thursday in a show of support for the impoverished Bedouin community and to put a spotlight on the "human misery" they face. More »

  • Palestinian rockets killed more Gazans in 2014 war: Amnesty
    Palestinian rockets killed more Gazans in 2014 war: Amnesty Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Amnesty International said Thursday Palestinian rocket fire during the 2014 summer war in Gaza had killed more civilians in the Gaza Strip than in Israel. More »

  • Magal posts 4Q profit Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    On a per-share basis, the Yahud, Israel-based company said it had net income of 18 cents. Earnings, adjusted for asset impairment costs, came to 33 cents per share. The security and intelligence company ... More »

  • Netanyahu's sorry excuse for an apology
    Netanyahu's sorry excuse for an apology Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Netanyahu's disingenuous apology didn't cut it with the people he insulted with his election-day comments. More »

  • Follow the money: Zionist backlash and Islamophobia
    Follow the money: Zionist backlash and Islamophobia Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    New report exposes the extent to which anti-Muslim, anti-Palestine campaigns are profit-motivated. More »

  • Amnesty says Gazan militants committed war crimes
    Amnesty says Gazan militants committed war crimes Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The human rights group Amnesty International said in a report Thursday that Palestinian militants committed war crimes during the 2014 Gaza conflict by killing both Israeli and Palestinian civilians using indiscriminate projectiles. More »

  • Amnesty Accuses Palestinians Of War Crimes
    Amnesty Accuses Palestinians Of War Crimes Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Amnesty International has accused Palestinian armed groups of carrying out "war crimes" during last summer's 50-day conflict in Gaza. The report entitled Unlawful And Deadly condemned militants, including the armed wing of Hamas, for using "inherently indiscriminate" rockets and mortars to "kill or injure civilians". "In launching these attacks, they displayed a flagrant disregard for international humanitarian law and for the consequences of their violations on civilians in both Israel and the Gaza Strip," said Amnesty International’s Middle East Director Philip Luther. "The devastating impact of Israeli attacks on Palestinian civilians during the conflict is undeniable, but violations by one side in a conflict can never justify violations by their opponents", he added. More »

  • Harper's two-state solution: Canada and Israel
    Harper's two-state solution: Canada and Israel Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Both Canada and Israel have national mythologies that perpetuate their status as kinder, peace loving democracies. More »

  • UN says Palestinian death toll highest since 1967
    UN says Palestinian death toll highest since 1967 Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The long-running conflict with Israel claimed the lives of more Palestinian civilians in 2014 than any year since 1967, the United Nations said Thursday, in a damning report on the humanitarian situation. More »

  • France-based firm pulls out of Jerusalem cable car project
    France-based firm pulls out of Jerusalem cable car project Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    France-based utility giant Suez Environnement said Wednesday that, because of political sensitivities, it has decided not to take part in a cable car project linking west Jerusalem to the annexed eastern ... More »

  • Yehuda Avner, Israeli diplomat and prime minister aide, dies
    Yehuda Avner, Israeli diplomat and prime minister aide, dies Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Yehuda Avner, a former Israeli diplomat and aide to a string of prime ministers who turned his insider stories about the country's leaders into a best-selling memoir, has died. More »

  • Abbas holds all the cards for confronting Netanyahu
    Abbas holds all the cards for confronting Netanyahu Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has more powers than ever to pursue a diplomatic offensive against Israel that is likely to accelerate with the re-election of his old adversary Benjamin Netanyahu. More »

  • Netanyahu pledges peace, eyes better US ties
    Netanyahu pledges peace, eyes better US ties Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu extended a "hand of peace" to the Palestinians Wednesday as he was formally tasked with forming a government after his surprise reelection following a divisive campaign. More »

  • Syrian rebels seize historic town in south - monitor
    Syrian rebels seize historic town in south - monitor Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Insurgents seized a historic town in southern Syria from the government on Wednesday, a group monitoring the war said, part of a rebel counter-attack to stop Damascus reclaiming the border zone near Israel and Jordan. A Syrian military source reported heavy fighting with armed groups on Tuesday night in and around Bosra al-Sham, whose ancient city is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. An alliance of mainstream rebels who are backed by Western and Arab foes of President Bashar al-Assad said they had taken Bosra and declared the start of a new attack against government forces in another area of Deraa province to the northwest. Bosra's historic sites include a citadel built around a second century Roman amphitheatre. More »