USA

Israel welcomes Arab League shift on peace talks

By Zoe Winograd, May 1, 2013

The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office has “welcomed” the Arab League’s new positioning on peace talks with Israel.

Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani announced that the Arab League backed minor land swaps after an Arab delegation met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington on Monday.

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US-Israel ties factor in Boston bombing, says UN man

By Zoe Winograd, April 23, 2013

United Nations Human Rights official Richard Falk has picked out America’s relationship with Israel as one of the factors that create "blowbacks" such as the Boston bombing.

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Peace frozen on Kerry-go-round

By Alon Pinkas, April 18, 2013

Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take Israelis and Palestinians long to declare with conviction that US Secretary of State John Kerry’s first “shuttle” trip to the region had failed. Conditions are “unacceptable” and the “obstacles are too big.” And this was before either was asked to do the fundamentally reasonable thing: compare maps delineating the two-state model.

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US Senate pledges military backing for Israel over Iran

By Zoe Winograd, April 17, 2013

The US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee has passed a resolution to support Israel if a conflict with Iran arises.

Resolution 65, sponsored by Senator Robert Menendez and Senator Lindsey Graham, was voted on by the Senate on Tuesday.

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US cemetery director looted tombstone cash

By Zoe Winograd, April 17, 2013

An American Jewish cemetery director has pleaded guilty to stealing $1 million from her institution.

Ilana Friedman, 51, had been pocketing money from bereaved families, causing losses to Staten Island’s Jewish cemetery of over $850,000 between 2005 and 2011.

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Israelis helped prepare Boston hospital for mass-casualty event

By Zoe Winograd, April 16, 2013

An Israeli team has been credited for having prepared the Massachusetts General Hospital for the current influx of victims of the Boston marathon bombing.

Seventeen critically injured people are being treated at the hospital after two explosions in downtown Boston on Tuesday afternoon.

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US and Europe act to prevent resignation of Fayyad

By Zoe Winograd, April 12, 2013

American and European officials have asked Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to postpone a meeting with Prime Minister Salam Fayyad which was meant to take place today.

It is believed that Mr Abbas wanted to discuss the possibility of Mr Fayyad leaving the government.

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Fake rabbi sent to jail

By Zoe Winograd, April 12, 2013

A New York immigration lawyer who pretended to be a rabbi has been sentenced to four years in jail.

Earl Seth David, 49, known as Rabbi Avraham David, used the title of rabbi for 13 years to gain the trust of US immigrants looking to bid for naturalisation. According to sources, David pocketed up to $30,000 per case to forge false immigration papers.

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Good luck, Mr Kerry, the two sides remain divided

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 11, 2013

American Secretary of State John Kerry sounded hopeful this week when he tried to relaunch the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians — but it seems that so far he has only succeeded in highlighting the distance between the two sides and major differences within the Israeli cabinet.

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Opinion divided over Kerry peace talks visit

By Zoe Winograd, April 10, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry has left Israel feeling optimistic – but the Palestinians less so - after a three-day shuttle diplomacy visit.

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