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Abbas needs the zero option

By Paul Charney, January 30, 2014

In this country, you often hear talk about how terrible celebrity culture is. Our aspirational role models include thuggish professional ball-kickers, scantily-clad twerking girls, and people who appear to be famous just for being famous. So it’s instructive to look at what goes on in other parts of the world.

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Palestinian embassy blast mystery

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 9, 2014

Mystery still surrounds the death of a Palestinian diplomat killed in Prague last week by an explosive device hidden in a safe.

Even if the explosion was an accident, as both the Czech police and the Palestinian Authority are claiming, it served as a reminder of the connections between Soviet Bloc powers and Palestinian terror back in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Glimpse of hope: Israel and the Palestinians inch closer to a framework agreement

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 9, 2014

In his 10th visit to the region in less than a year, US Secretary of State John Kerry inched closer this week to a “framework agreement” between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Weapons found in home of killed Palestinian envoy

By Daniel Easterman, January 2, 2014

A large arms cache has been discovered by Czech authorities at the residence of the Palestinian ambassador in Prague, Jamel al-Jamal, who was killed on Wednesday when a safe exploded in his home.

Czech media outlets report that the weapons stock, obtained illegally, was big enough to arm a squad of 10 men.

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EU warns Israel over settlement pledge

By Daniel Easterman, December 27, 2013

The EU has hit out at Israel after a Jerusalem official said that tenders for new settlements would be announced following the release of Palestinian prisoners on Sunday.

An EU diplomat told Israel’s Channel 10 news that Jerusalem should expect a “harsh response by the European governments if it intends to go in this direction”.

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New Middle East minister attacks settlements

By Marcus Dysch, November 7, 2013

Britain’s new Middle East Minister has used his first visit to Israel to criticise settlement building and warn that it could hamper peace efforts.

Hugh Robertson said settlement announcements “erode public support” in Britain, and warned that building could “endanger the viability of a two-state solution and peace process”.

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Israelis score highly in travel freedom survey

By Anna Sheinman, October 4, 2013

Israel is ranked 20th out of 90 nations for the number of countries its citizens can visit without a visa, according to a new survey.

Of the 219 destinations in the world, Israelis can visit 144 without a visa. This ranks them higher than Russians, South Africans and residents of The Vatican.

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Israeli soldier lured to his death

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2013

The funeral of an Israeli soldier murdered after being lured to a West Bank village by a Palestinian colleague is due to take place today.

Tomer Hazan, a 20-year-old from Bat Yam, was attacked by Nidal Amar on Friday night. The two men had worked together in a restaurant in Israel.

Amar was arrested by Shin Bet security officers who said he had later confessed to killing Sgt Hazan.

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Palestinian attack on holy site Joseph's Tomb

By Hannah Pupkewitz, September 13, 2013

Palestinian rioters opened fire on IDF soldiers safeguarding 3,000 Jewish worshippers at Joseph’s Tomb near Nablus on Wednesday night.

Rocks and bricks were thrown at the crowd, who were praying, and their IDF escorts.

The attack escalated when an automatic weapon was used to shoot at the soldiers, who returned fire.

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Unity plan for Fatah and Hamas dies

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 29, 2013

The counter-revolution in Egypt which cost Hamas its Muslim Brotherhood patrons has also put paid to the attempt to bring about reconciliation between the Islamist movement controlling Gaza and Fatah, which rules the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

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