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Israel minister warns Kerry over ‘surrender’ to Iran

  /  April 14, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

AFP- Israel’s intelligence minister Monday slammed as unacceptable comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry on negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme which he said indicated a “surrender” to Tehran. “The things Kerry read the rest…

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Israeli gas holds promise of better ties with neighbours

  /  April 14, 2014  /  Business, Economy  /  2 Comments

Israel in talks with Egypt, Turkey on major gas export deals

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Athletes and artists show Gaza still occupied

  /  April 12, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

Recent cases involving athletes and musicians show how much Gaza is still under Israeli occupation By Hussein Ibish, Now I recently participated in a debate in New York City where two noted American pro-Israel advocates, read the rest…

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Jewish settlers attack Israel soldiers for second night

  /  April 9, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  2 Comments

Rosenfeld said there had been no casualties but that two settlers had later been arrested.

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Fahmy and Abbas meet ahead of emergency Arab League meeting

  /  April 9, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  2 Comments

Abbas and Fahmy discussed the ongoing final status negotiations and the “obstacles” involved in the process

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8 injured as Israeli forces clear illegal settlement

  /  April 8, 2014  /  Politics  /  1 Comment

Israel has moved to demolish “wildcat” settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank, which normally consist of a few makeshift dwellings set up by extremist Jewish settlers on Palestinian territory.

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Divergence in MENA sovereign energy importer-exporter ratings widens: Fitch

  /  April 7, 2014  /  Business  /  2 Comments

Reuters – Fitch Ratings says in a new report that the average sovereign ratings of energy exporters and importers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have further diverged in 2014, following the upgrade read the rest…

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Kerry scrambles to save his torpedoed peace effort

  /  April 2, 2014  /  Politics  /  No Comments

The top US diplomat, who has made the quest for a long-elusive peace treaty his personal holy grail, was blindsided late Tuesday as minutes before a press conference at the NATO headquarters, both sides went rogue.

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Jailed Israeli spy could be key to peace talks

  /  April 1, 2014  /  Politics  /  No Comments

A source close to the talks said on Tuesday that there was a proposal which could see Pollard freed before the Jewish holiday of Passover, which begins mid-April.

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Netanyahu slams UN rights council’s censure of Israel

  /  March 30, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

The motions on the Palestinians were carried by 46 votes to one, with only the United States against, while the Golan resolution garnered 13 abstentions and a US “no” vote.

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Arab summit to back rejection of ‘Jewish state’: Draft

  /  March 25, 2014  /  Politics  /  4 Comments

The summit stresses a “categorical rejection” of the demand for recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, according to a draft statement endorsed by foreign ministers.

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35 nations sign up to tougher nuclear security standards

  /  March 25, 2014  /  Politics  /  4 Comments

Obama has made improving nuclear safety one of the figurehead foreign policies of his presidency and said in 2009 that nuclear terrorism was “the most immediate and extreme threat to global security”.

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UN rapporteur accuses Israel of ‘ethnic cleansing‘

  /  March 23, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala Richard Falk, United Nations rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories accused Israel last week of “ethnic cleansing” of Palestinians. Speaking at a press conference, he said that Israeli policies bore “unacceptable characteristics read the rest…

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Egyptian army meets with Israeli side during tri-annual meeting

  /  March 22, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  1 Comment

Meeting concerns military communication, sale of Apache helicopters

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Palestinians protest Jerusalem marathon

  /  March 22, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  No Comments

Police arrested four of them and dispersed the rest “with ease,” she said, adding that the race had “continued as normal”.

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Three Palestinians killed in Israeli West Bank raid

  /  March 22, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

The Palestinian sources said Israeli soldiers entered the camp in the northern West Bank city to arrest Hamza Abu Alheja, 20, a member of the military wing of Hamas, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.

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Israel bombs Syria army targets after Golan attack

  /  March 19, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

The Syrian army said the air strikes killed one soldier and wounded seven, cautioning that the assault endangered “the security and stability of the region”.

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Israel strikes kill one, ‘threaten region’s security’: Syria

  /  March 19, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

AFP- Israeli air raids on Syria on Wednesday killed one person and injured seven, Syria’s army said, warning that the strikes endangered regional security and stability. In a statement, the army command warned that “these desperate read the rest…

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Fahmy and Kerry discuss Middle East peace

  /  March 18, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  2 Comments

Obama and Abbas meet in Washington as negotiations deadline looms

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Israeli youth’s courage to refuse

  /  March 17, 2014  /  Opinion  /  4 Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala In a letter sent to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, dozens of Israeli youth blasted the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), accusing it of “penetration into civilian life, which deepens the country’s chauvinism, read the rest…

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Egypt throws support behind Abbas

  /  March 17, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  2 Comments

PA negotiations with Israel could combat polarisation and extremism, says the foreign ministry

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Kerry pressuring the wrong side: Israel minister

  /  March 16, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  1 Comment

AFP – An Israeli minister on Sunday said Washington’s top diplomat was “wrong” for pressuring Israel in peace talks, a day before Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas visits the White House. His remarks came two days read the rest…

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The real impact of Israel’s ‘Jewish state‘ demand

  /  March 15, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

The main impact of Israel’s new “Jewish state” demand is to effectively negate the Palestinian recognition of Israel in 1993

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Student Corner: The underlying tension between Egypt and Israel

  /  March 15, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Nour Bakr The shooting down of an Egyptian military helicopter earlier this year prompted new fears over the security threat posed to both Egypt and Israel by militant groups with access to MANPADs. But read the rest…

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Abbas to meet Obama ahead of peace talks deadline

  /  March 15, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  2 Comments

Current Palestinian leaders have opposed recognising Israel as a Jewish state, fearing this could threaten the rights of non-Jewish Arabs living in Israel, who make up some 20% of the population, as well as other religious minorities.

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Israel shells Lebanon after border blast

  /  March 15, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

A Lebanese security source had said earlier that “10 Israeli rockets hit an uninhabited border area and that there were no casualties.”

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Egypt allows Qatari aid to Gaza

  /  March 11, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  3 Comments

Foreign minister confirms Egypt support for Palestinian cause, condemns “unilateral” Israeli actions

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Israel to show long-range rockets from ‘Iran arms ship’

  /  March 10, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  3 Comments

The military says it found 40 long-range M-302 rockets aboard the Panamanian-flagged Klos-C it intercepted in the Red Sea last week, as well as 181 122mm mortar shells and approximately 400,000 7.62-calibre rounds.

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No Palestinian reconciliation without Egypt sponsorship: Hamas

  /  March 9, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  1 Comment

Fatah says Hamas “does not have the right” to decide if Egypt is to sponsor Palestinian reconciliation talks

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Israel must make tough choices, Obama warns PM

  /  March 4, 2014  /  Politics  /  No Comments

Obama pushed for a decision on peace, while Netanyahu insisted Israel had done its part and that Iran is now the most urgent threat.

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