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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.

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.

Israeli high court asked to act on testimony in Chinese bank scandal

JERUSALEM, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Israel's high court should order the government to release evidence sought by a U.S. court over charges a Chinese bank funded terrorism, a rights group says.
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.

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.
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.
Kerry alleged to be dooming Mideast peace talks

Kerry alleged to be dooming Mideast peace talks

JERUSALEM, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who returns to Israel Thursday, is dooming peace talks by siding with Israel, sources told Palestinian newspaper al-Ayam.
Israeli minister wants progress in peace talks

Israeli minister wants progress in peace talks

JERUSALEM, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Progress in peace negotiations with the Palestinians will ensure a united Arab front against Iran, Israel's justice minister said.
Israel to announce more settlement building

Israel to announce more settlement building

JERUSALEM, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Israel plans to announce more apartment projects in the West Bank the same day it releases a second group of Palestinian prisoners, a government official said.

Justice Minister supports Israeli joint life law for same-sex couples

JERUSALEM, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The Israeli Justice Ministry is promoting a bill that would give equal rights to gay couples, a document published Tuesday indicates.
Israeli minister says goal is to achieve peace

Israeli minister says goal is to achieve peace

JERUSALEM, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said Thursday her goal is to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and reach a final status agreement.

Abbas says future border excludes Israel

JERICHO, West Bank, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The future border of the Palestinian state with Jordan will exclude Israel, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said, adding he is ready for peace.
Israeli Cabinet OKs 5,000 more work permits for Palestinians

Israeli Cabinet OKs 5,000 more work permits for Palestinians

JERUSALEM, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- The Israeli Cabinet Sunday night approved another 5,000 permits to allow Palestinians to work within the country's so-called Green Line.

Mahmoud Abbas wants to meet Netanyahu

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he is willing to meet Israel's prime minister "when there is a need for such a meeting."

Turkey's PM condemned for comments

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who accused Israel of being responsible for the turmoil in Egypt was harshly criticized in Israel and America.
Mideast peace talks 'long and serious,' Israel says

Mideast peace talks 'long and serious,' Israel says

JERUSALEM, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- The first direct Mideast peace talks in five years were "long and serious," Jerusalem said before U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's follow-up visit Thursday.
Israel launches airstrike at Gaza Strip ahead of peace talks

Israel launches airstrike at Gaza Strip ahead of peace talks

JERUSALEM, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The Israeli military launched an airstrike Wednesday at the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire by Hamas, Israeli military officials said.
Israelis protests planned Palestinian prisoner release

Israelis protests planned Palestinian prisoner release

JERUSALEM, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Israeli terror victims Sunday protested the government's plans to release 104 Palestinian prisoners days before the first group is to be set free.
Commentary: Strategic gullibility

Commentary: Strategic gullibility

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The overall view of the Middle East is “cautiously pessimistic.”
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
Mideast peace within reach, Ashton says

Mideast peace within reach, Ashton says

BRUSSELS, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- An end to the decades-old conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians is within reach, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said.
Livni: Israeli-Palestinian accord could be alliance against extremists

Livni: Israeli-Palestinian accord could be alliance against extremists

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- An Israeli-Palestinian peace accord could form "an alliance against extremist threats," Israeli negotiator Tzipi Livni said.
Peace framework worked out by Israelis, Palestinians

Peace framework worked out by Israelis, Palestinians

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- Israeli and Palestinian leaders have agreed to "remain engaged in sustained, continuous and substantive negotiations" toward a peace treaty, diplomats said.
Obama praises resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts

Obama praises resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- The resumption to face-to-face discussions between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Washington brought praise from U.S. President Obama Monday.

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to start in Washington Monday evening

JERUSALEM, July 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department announced Sunday that direct peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians will resume in Washington Monday evening.
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