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Israel publishes tenders for 1,401 settlement homes

Israel publishes tenders for 1,401 settlement homes

JERUSALEM, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Israel published plans for 1,401 homes in East Jerusalem and West Bank Friday, despite U.S. and European leaders saying they feared peace talks would be hurt,
Israelis alarmed at prospect of 'jihadist tsunami' on borders

Israelis alarmed at prospect of 'jihadist tsunami' on borders

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Israel's security chiefs are increasingly concerned about what one analyst terms a "jihadist tsunami" building up around the Jewish state for the first time as al-Qaida groups emerge in war-torn Syria, turbulent Egypt and even in the Palestinian territories.
Construction, master plan OK'd for Israeli settlement in West Bank

Construction, master plan OK'd for Israeli settlement in West Bank

JERUSALEM, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Israeli officials approved construction of 272 homes for settlers and gave the Ofra settlement its first master plan since it was created in the West Bank.
Sec. Kerry: US will not commit troops to Iraq following al-Qaida surge

Sec. Kerry: US will not commit troops to Iraq following al-Qaida surge

Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida forces in Iraq have taken control of Fallujah and parts of Ramadi, prompting the question: how will the U.S. respond?
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Kerry seeks to resume peace talks in Israel, West Bank shuttle

JERUSALEM, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry, shuttling between Jerusalem and the West Bank, said Israeli and Palestinian leaders must "take tough decisions" on a peace plan.
Secretary Kerry and Palestinian President Abbas meet to discuss Mideast peace

Secretary Kerry and Palestinian President Abbas meet to discuss Mideast peace

Jan. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was scheduled to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Friday evening to discuss the ongoing Mideast peace negotiations.
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John Kerry heads to Ramallah for peace talks with Palestinians

John Kerry heads to Ramallah for peace talks with Palestinians

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry headed to Ramallah Friday to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas following a meeting in Jerusalem, officials said.
Comatose former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon in critical condition

Comatose former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon in critical condition

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in a coma for eight years and his organs failing, was in critical condition Thursday, a hospital official said.
Secrety Kerry and Prime Minister Netanyahu meet to discuss Mideast peace

Secrety Kerry and Prime Minister Netanyahu meet to discuss Mideast peace

Jan. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are meeting Thursday in Jerusalem for continued discussions about ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Kerry comments on Ariel Sharon

Kerry comments on Ariel Sharon

Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Prior to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's meeting Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding Mideast peace, Kerry commented on the deteriorating health of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and expressed that his thoughts are with Sharon and his family.
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Netanyahu, meeting with Kerry, doubts Palestinian interest in peace

Netanyahu, meeting with Kerry, doubts Palestinian interest in peace

JERUSALEM, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday he doubted Palestinian leaders' sincerity in seeking a peace agreement.

Medical exam means Netanyahu gives leadership to Lieberman temporarily

JERUSALEM, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- A medical exam Wednesday forced Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to temporarily hand over the government reins to his foreign minister, officials said.
Abbas says no peace deal unless all prisoners freed

Abbas says no peace deal unless all prisoners freed

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- There will be no permanent peace deal with Israel as long as Israel holds Palestinians prisoner, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said early Tuesday.
Israel frees 26 more Palestinian prisoners

Israel frees 26 more Palestinian prisoners

JERUSALEM, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Twenty-six more Palestinian prisoners were released to the West Bank and Gaza by Israel Monday night as part of the effort to get peace talks rolling.

Israeli officials, Palestinians both blast Jordan Valley vote

JERUSALEM, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Israeli and Palestinian officials criticized an Israeli legislative committee vote to annex the Jordan Valley, saying it could destroy chances of peace.

Israel approves third Palestinian prisoner release

JERUSALEM, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Israel approved the release of the third round of 26 Palestinian prisoners agreed upon in the framework of peace talks with the Palestinians, officials said.

Kerry heading to Mideast again next week

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is planning his ninth trip to the Middle East since he took office in February, a spokesman said Saturday.

Kerry reportedly offered Israel the release of spy Jonathan Pollard

JERUSALEM, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- An Israeli TV station said Secretary of State John Kerry suggested the United States may free Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard if Israel frees more Arab prisoners.
Israeli jets strike Gaza in response to attacks

Israeli jets strike Gaza in response to attacks

JERUSALEM, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The Israeli air force struck the Gaza Strip overnight in response to rockets fired hours earlier into southern Israel, the Israeli military said.

Palestinian minister: No to new settlement units

JERUSALEM, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A Palestinian minister said plans by Israel to tie the release of Palestinian prisoners to new settlement building "scuttles the possibility of moving forward."

Israeli security official stabbed in terror attack

JERUSALEM, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- A police officer was stabbed in a terror attack in Jerusalem Monday and police said they are searching for the suspect.

Israel calls to release Pollard from U.S. prison

JERUSALEM, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Israeli officials Sunday called for the release of jailed Israeli-American spy Jonathan Pollard amid reports the Washington spied on Israel, officials said.
At year's end: Will Iran prove the world wrong?

At year's end: Will Iran prove the world wrong?

2013 saw six world powers negotiate a comprehensive deal with Iran to halt its nuclear program.
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The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.
By United Press International
Palestinians ready to extend talks with Israel

Palestinians ready to extend talks with Israel

BEIT JALA, West Bank, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The chief Palestinian peace negotiator says his side is ready to extend current talks with Israel beyond the U.S. deadline if a framework for peace is in place.
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