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Thursday 06 December 2012
Defying mounting international protests, Israel moved ahead Wednesday with plans for a West Bank settlement project near Jerusalem that has been widely condemned as diminishing prospects for a territorially viable Palestinian state.
Israel gives go-ahead for new West Bank settlement hours after historic UN vote on Palestinian statehood
Friday 30 November 2012
Israel has approved the construction of 3,000 homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, a government official said, in what appeared to be a defiant response to the Palestinians' successful United Nations recognition bid.
Israel threatens sanctions on Palestinian Authority if it goes ahead with plans to seek UN 'non-member state' status
Tuesday 13 November 2012
Israel has threatened to slap sanctions on the Palestinian Authority if the PLO goes ahead with plans to seek an upgrade in its UN status to “non-member state” but Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas seems determined – not least because he knows that Israel now considers the Palestinian Authority too crucial to fail.
Sunday 28 October 2012
The Dead Sea is shrinking at a record rate, prompting calls for Israel and Jordan to stop fertilizer makers from siphoning so much of the water whose restorative powers have attracted visitors since biblical times.
Thursday 18 October 2012
The widow of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has been questioned by French lawyers investigating his death, it emerged yesterday.
Tuesday 16 October 2012
In comments set to stir Israel's election campaign, the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, has said that he and former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert were "two months" away from a peace deal before Mr Olmert stepped down.
Wednesday 27 June 2012
Report funded by Foreign Office details claims of routine abuse for Palestinian youths
Thursday 07 June 2012
Israel's plans to build hundreds of new homes in Jewish West Bank settlements have put Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at odds again with Washington and the Palestinians, without appeasing settlers furious over the government's plan to dismantle an illegally built enclave.
Israeli Jewish settlement bill defeated after Benjamin Netanyahu threatens to sack ministers who vote for it
Wednesday 06 June 2012
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today used a threat to sack rebel ministers to prevent parliament bypassing the country' s Supreme Court and legalising Jewish settlement on privately owned Palestinian land.
Saturday 12 May 2012
An Israeli envoy is to meet meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tonight to submit a letter regarding the possibility of substantive talks.
Friday 11 May 2012
It says much about Benjamin Netanyahu's world class political skills that no one outside his circle had advance knowledge of the bold stroke by which he brought the centrist opposition Kadima party into the Israeli government in the early hours of Tuesday.
Tuesday 01 May 2012
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister, has signalled he might call an early election – a decision that could put Middle East peace efforts on hold for months and cast more uncertainty on Israel's deliberations over whether to attack Iran's nuclear programme.
Tuesday 03 April 2012
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu overruled the planned eviction on Tuesday of Jewish settlers from a building in an occupied West Bank city that is flashpoint of tensions with Palestinians.
Saturday 18 February 2012
Anthony Shadid, a distinguished Middle Eastern correspondent who has died suddenly, was taken ill while returning from Syria after spending a week there without the knowledge of the authorities. He died of an asthma attack as he was being guided back to Turkey by smugglers after a New York Times undercover assignment.
Friday 17 February 2012
Khader Adnan's two-month hunger strike has made him a hero among Palestinians outraged by Israel's policy of arbitrary detention
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