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Hamas marks peace talks with terror film

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2010

Hamas has made a film showing the imagined destruction of Israel.

The terrorist organisation chose the launch of the second stage of the revived peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians to release the video.

"Apocalypse Tomorrow", created by Hamas operatives, has had more than 45,000 views. It depicts Israeli sites such as the Supreme Court falling to missile attacks and the streets of Tel Aviv laid to waste.

A Palestinian says: “Inshallah, the Jihad will take back the homeland", while students tell a teacher they want to join the fight for “liberation”.

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Israel's air space 'not safe enough'

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 16, 2010

A special State Comptroller report has slammed the safety standards at Israel's airports.

The report, by Comptroller Michah Lindenstrauss, blamed the finance and transport ministries and the Israel Airports Authority for underfunding the country's air control infrastructure. It also accused them of allowing Israel's air control system to become understaffed and use antiquated equipment.

The Comptroller found that many of the recommendations included in a wide-ranging security report prepared for the Transport Ministry three years ago had not yet been carried out.

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Analysis: Peace talks? More like high-risk pregnancy

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 16, 2010

Do not buy into the hype being created by the Americans about the first round of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced on Wednesday that the sides have begun discussing the "core issues", but even if that is technically true, talking about the issues is a long way from any agreement.

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Rockets hit southern Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2010

A Palestinian is believed to have been killed in an IDF airstrike undertaken in retaliation for terrorists in Gaza stepping up attacks on Israel.

As Benajmin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas met for peace talks in Jerusalem, at least nine mortar shells and two rockets were sent into southern Israel, the highest daily total in six months.

One Kassam rocket exploded near the city of Ashkelon in an industrial area.

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Angelina Jolie's dad criticises 'antisemitic' Time magazine

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2010

Hollywood star Jon Voight has accused Time magazine of being “antisemitic” for its recent cover story on "Why Israel Doesn’t Care About Peace."

The actor, father of Angelina Jolie and star of the film Midnight Cowboy, suggested readers should boycott the magazine. He made the comments in an interview with former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who also criticised the Time story.

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Clinton: Netanyahu and Abbas 'serious' about talks

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2010

Hillary Clinton has praised the Israeli and Palestinian leaders for taking the peace negotiations seriously.

As a second day of direct Middle East peace talks commenced, this time in Jerusalem, the US Secretary of State said Benajmin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas were "getting down to business".

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'Israel' Twitter sold for less than claimed

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2010

A man who was believed to have sold the Twitter username @Israel for a six-figure sum did not receive that amount, according to the Israeli government.

Israel Meléndez, a Spaniard who runs an adult entertainment website in Miami, had boasted of high earnings from the sale of the account last month to the Israeli foreign ministry.

But an MFA spokesman told The Jerusalem Post that although Mr Meléndez asked for a six-figure-sum he was only paid $3,000 (£1,900).

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Mitchell urges 'responsibility' as peace talks close

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2010

Peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in Sharm el-Sheikh have ended without agreement on the future construction of Jewish settlements.

However US envoy George Mitchell, who attended today’s talks, said that “the parties have begun a serious discussion on core issues" and that the framework of a deal within a year was still possible.

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Twitter user sells name Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2010

A Miami man claims to have sold the Twitter username @Israel for a reported six-figure amount.

Israel Meléndez, who is originally from Spain, created the account in 2007 when Twitter was a fledgling company. However abusive messages were sent to the account and he stopped using it regularly.

In an interview with the Spanish newspaper Público, Mr Meléndez said that the Israeli government had asked to buy the name from him.

The Israeli foreign ministry, which was operating as @israelMFA, became @israel last month.

Mr Meléndez said: “I had not used it at all for months.”

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Borders deal could eliminate settlement question

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2010

Hillary Clinton has said that “there are lots of ways” for peace talks to proceed between Israel and the Palestinians despite concerns that the upcoming expiry of the West Bank construction freeze will derail the negotiations.

The partial ban on building of Jewish settlements is scheduled to end on September 26, and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas had warned that he might walk out of talks if it is not extended.

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