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Former CIA Director Woolsey: Time to free Jonathan Pollard

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- James Woolsey, who headed the CIA at the start of U.S. President Bill Clinton's administration, says it is time to release Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard.

Jordan's king in U.S. to review Middle East peace options

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Jordanian King Abdullah II said he was carrying the message to Washington that a two-state solution was the only viable option for Middle East peace.
New East Jerusalem settlements approved, angers Palestinians

New East Jerusalem settlements approved, angers Palestinians

JERUSALEM, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- An Israeli city council committee voted Wednesday to approve construction permits for more than 550 settlement units in East Jerusalem, angering Palestinians.
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Fears grow of new Israeli assault on Gaza amid rocket attacks

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- There are growing concerns Israel may soon unleash a new punitive operation against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip after the military reported a dramatic increase in rocket attacks in January.

Report: Israel may pay $20M in compensation for aid flotilla deaths

JERUSALEM, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Families of nine people killed in an Israeli raid on a Turkish aid flotilla in 2010 have been offered $20 million in compensation, senior Western diplomats say.

Abbas seeks NATO force in future Palestine

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he proposed to Secretary of State John Kerry a U.S.-led NATO force patrol a future Palestinian state indefinitely.
Israeli on Kerry anti-Semitic charge: Not 'personal'

Israeli on Kerry anti-Semitic charge: Not 'personal'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- An Israeli lawmaker tried to explain Sunday that his characterization of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as anti-Semitic was not "personal."

Naftali Bennett: Criticism of Netanyahu was not an insult

JERUSALEM, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said Wednesday criticisms he made of the prime minister's Palestinian policy were not intended as an insult.

Netanyahu's son dating Norwegian non-Jew

JERUSALEM, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been getting parental advice from ultra-Orthodox Jews with the news his son is dating a Norwegian non-Jew.

Netanyahu settlement comments stir anger

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's comments on Israeli settlements set off a firestorm domestically and angered Palestinians, diplomats said.

Israeli computers hacked, including one in Defense Ministry

JERUSALEM, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Hackers gained access to a computer in Israel's Defense Ministry after someone in the department opened an email with a virus in it, a technology expert said.

Israel fear of jihadist raids mounts after 'plot to hit U.S. Embassy'

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Israel's claim to have thwarted a Gaza Strip-based al-Qaida plot to blow up the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has heightened fears that it's just a matter of time of time before the jihadist forces building up in Syria, Egypt and the Palestinian territories launch a major strike on the Jewish state.
Abbas: no Israeli presence in Palestinian state

Abbas: no Israeli presence in Palestinian state

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- There will be no Israeli presence in the future Palestinian state, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in Ramallah.
Canadian prime minister addresses Israeli Knesset

Canadian prime minister addresses Israeli Knesset

JERUSALEM, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- In a speech to the Knesset, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Monday his nation would stand by Israel "through fire and water."

Stephen Harper first Canadian PM to visit to Israel in 14 years

JERUSALEM, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Stephen Harper arrived in Israel Sunday, marking the first visit by a Canadian prime minister since 2000, officials said.

Israel charges European countries have 'one-sided stance'

JERUSALEM, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman summoned four European ambassadors Friday to complain their countries' policies favored Palestinians, officials say.
Netanyahu talks peace with Jordanian King Abdullah

Netanyahu talks peace with Jordanian King Abdullah

AMMAN, Jordan, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made an unannounced visit to Jordan to discuss Palestinian peace talks with King Abdullah, Petra News Agency said.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.
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Israeli official apologizes for calling Kerry 'messianic'

Israeli official apologizes for calling Kerry 'messianic'

JERUSALEM, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon apologized for dismissing Secretary of State John Kerry's Middle East peace push as naively obsessive and messianic.

State Dept. slams Israeli defense minister's comments about Kerry

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department issued a strong response Wednesday to Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon's attacks on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Biden: Peace talks hold out 'possibility for an island of stability'

Biden: Peace talks hold out 'possibility for an island of stability'

JERUSALEM, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Israeli President Shimon Peres committed to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, with Biden saying Monday the time is ripe to act.
Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon buried next to second wife

Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon buried next to second wife

JERUSALEM, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was buried on his ranch near the Gaza border Monday in a military sendoff to one of Israel's most controversial leaders.

Ariel Sharon's casket in Knesset Plaza for public viewing

JERUSALEM, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The coffin of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was placed outside the Knesset Sunday for Israelis to pay their last respects, officials said.

Ashrawi: Israel wants to disown Palestinians driven out in 1948

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Recognition of Israel as a Jewish state would mean giving up the rights of Palestinians displaced in 1948, Palestinian leader Hanan Ashrawi said Saturday.
World leaders mourn death of Ariel Sharon, former Israeli PM

World leaders mourn death of Ariel Sharon, former Israeli PM

JERUSALEM, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Condolences poured in from across the world Saturday at the news former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had died at age 85 after eight years in a coma.
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