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UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who …


John Kerry in Israel: ‘This needs to end’

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families …


Charles Krauthammer: Hamas’ missiles offer flash of moral clarity

Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning …


Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military says it has launched a ground offensive in Gaza.


Officials: Israel finds bodies of kidnapped teens

Security officials say the Israeli military has discovered the bodies of three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped in the West Bank earlier this month.


Competing Idaho billboards criticize, defend U.S –Israel foreign policy

Contrasting views on America’s relationship with Israel have unfurled along an 8-mile section of Interstate 90 in North Idaho. A billboard in Coeur d’Alene criticizing U.S. military aid to Israel …


Israelis, Palestinians kick off peace talks

JERUSALEM — With tensions high and expectations low, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators kicked off their first substantive round of peace talks in nearly five years, huddling together at an undisclosed …


Israel, Palestinians eye peace deal in 9 months

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry says Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have agreed to meet again within two weeks to continue substantive negotiations on a so-far elusive peace deal. …


Romney comments at fundraiser outrage Palestinians

JERUSALEM — Mitt Romney told Jewish donors today that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, outraging Palestinian leaders who …


Could Facebook help mend the Middle East?

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Israeli President Shimon Peres plans to visit Facebook headquarters today in what he describes as an effort to use social networking to mend divides governments …


Ex-Zag Pargo raves about two seasons with teams in Israel

Jeremy Pargo’s goal hasn’t changed, just the route to get there. And he doesn’t mind the path he’s been on since completing his eligibility in the Gonzaga men’s basketball program …


Ex-Zag Pargo raves about two seasons with teams in Israel

Jeremy Pargo’s goal hasn’t changed, just the route to get there. And he doesn’t mind the path he’s been on since completing his eligibility in the Gonzaga men’s basketball program …


Trudy Rubin: End of talks threatens Israel

It’s time to start thinking about what will happen to Israel – and U.S. policy in the Middle East – when the peace process ends. Politicians don’t openly discuss the …


Palestinians, Israel accept invitation to D.C. talks

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration said Friday it has invited the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to Washington next month to resume long-stalled direct peace talks, recognizing “there …


Israel agrees to U.N. probe of raid

JERUSALEM – Israel agreed Monday to participate in a U.N. investigation of its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla last spring, a surprising departure from its traditional distrust of the …


U.S. bond ‘unbreakable’ with Israel

WASHINGTON – Eager to show unity to the world, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday dismissed talk of a rift as wildly unfounded, and Netanyahu …


Israel eases Gaza closure

KEREM SHALOM CROSSING, Israel – Israel is easing its blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza to allow in virtually all consumer goods, items from household cleaners to timber that had been barred …


Israel allows more goods into Gaza

JERUSALEM – Israel took a first step Wednesday to temper the uproar caused by its deadly high-seas raid on a blockade-busting flotilla by allowing in potato chips, cookies, spices and …


Egypt to open Gaza border for aid, some travel

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt – After three years of cooperating in the Israeli blockade of Gaza, Egypt said Monday that it will leave its border with the Palestinian territory open indefinitely …


Israel claims activists prepared to fight

JERUSALEM – Israel’s prime minister claimed that the Turkish activists who battled Israeli naval commandos in a deadly clash last week prepared for the fight ahead of time, before boarding …


Israelis intercept another ship

JERUSALEM – Learning hard lessons from Monday’s deadly raid of a pro-Palestinian aid flotilla, Israel’s navy Saturday seized without incident a second protest vessel trying to reach the shores of …


Israel denounces ship as terrorist operation

JERUSALEM – Israel on Wednesday deported hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists who had been detained after its commando attack Monday on a Gaza aid flotilla, and braced for the arrival of …


Israeli flotilla takeover sparks swift backlash

JERUSALEM – Israeli commandos rappelled down to an aid flotilla sailing to thwart a Gaza blockade on Monday, clashing with pro-Palestinian activists on the lead ship in a botched raid …


Settlement plan testing Obama

JERUSALEM – President Barack Obama faces what may be the biggest test to date of his credibility in the Middle East after Israel greeted Vice President Joe Biden with an …


Israelis stun Biden on visit

JERUSALEM – In the midst of a high-profile visit by Vice President Joe Biden, Israel on Tuesday unveiled plans for new housing in disputed Jerusalem, a surprise step that embarrassed …


Obama critical of building plan

JERUSALEM – An Israeli government plan to build nearly 700 new homes for Jewish families in Palestinian-dominated East Jerusalem drew fire Monday from the Obama administration, which called the plan …


Israeli navy seizes arms cargo

JERUSALEM – Israel’s navy seized a cargo ship Wednesday, intercepting what officials described as 300 tons of weapons being smuggled from Iran to Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas. The haul was the …


Palestinian-Israeli talks at impasse

CAIRO – The Obama administration has all but abandoned hope for an early resumption of high-level negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders or substantive movement toward agreement on a Palestinian …


Both sides chided in Gaza conflict

UNITED NATIONS – A U.N. investigation concluded Tuesday that both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza committed war crimes and possible crimes against humanity, raising the prospect that officials …


U.S. pushes Israel to cease expansion into West Bank

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama Thursday ratcheted up what might be America’s toughest bargaining position with Israel in a generation, demanding anew that Israel stop expanding its settlements in the …