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UPDATED: Fri., March 10, 2017, 12:52 p.m.

Palestinian leader invited to White House in Trump call

RAMALLAH, West Bank – A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said U.S President Donald Trump has invited him to visit the White House to discuss resuming peace talks in …


Johnson says Britain still backs 2-state solution in Mideast

Britain’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that his country remains “absolutely” committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and that obstacles to a deal, including accelerated Israeli settlement …


U.S. warning to Israel signals new backpedaling by Trump

The Trump administration has explicitly warned Israel against annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, saying it would trigger an “immediate crisis” between the two close allies, Israel’s defense minister …


Israeli soldier sentenced to 18 months for shooting disarmed Palestinian attacker

A military tribunal sentenced an Israeli soldier to 18 months in prison on Tuesday in the killing of a disarmed Palestinian attacker, noting the army medic showed no remorse for …


After Trump remarks, Saudi repeats Palestinian state support

Saudia Arabia is reasserting support for a Palestinian state after U.S. President Donald Trump said Mideast peace doesn’t depend on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 3:02 p.m.

Trump charts new Mideast course; maybe no separate Palestine

President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked Israel’s prime minister to “hold off” on building Jewish settlements in land the Palestinians claim for their future state, yet held back from explicitly …


Few good alternatives to Palestinian state

The Trump Administration appears to be easing away from longstanding U.S. support for Palestinian statehood as the preferred outcome of Middle East peace efforts, which may please some allies of …


Seahawks’ Michael Bennett withdraws from Israel trip, citing sympathy for Palestinians

Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett has withdrawn at the last minute from a sponsored trip to Israel, saying the government there is using him for a public-relations initiative and …


Israeli groups sue to stop settlement legalization law

In the first concrete attempt to counter the contentious new law legalizing thousands of West Bank settlement homes, two Israeli rights groups on Wednesday asked the country’s Supreme Court to …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

Israel passes law legalizing thousands of settlement homes

Israel’s parliament on Monday passed a contentious law meant to retroactively legalize thousands of West Bank settlement homes built unlawfully on private Palestinian land, a step that is expected to …


Israel approves 2,500 West Bank settlement homes

Israel said Tuesday it approved 2,500 new settler homes in the West Bank, signaling a major ramp-up of construction just days after the swearing-in of U.S. President Donald Trump, whose …


In long-shot Mideast peace bid, France sees nothing to lose

It sounds far-fetched at best: holding a Mideast peace conference without Israelis, Palestinians or the incoming U.S. government.


Pope and Palestinian leader meet, inaugurate embassy

The Vatican stressed the sacred nature of Jerusalem on Saturday as the Palestinian leader warned that prospects for peace could suffer if the incoming Trump administration goes ahead with plans …


EU stands by 2-state solution for Palestinian-Israel peace

The European Union has joined the outgoing U.S. administration in defending the two-state solution as the best way to achieve lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.


UNESCO adopts controversial Jerusalem resolution

UNESCO’s executive board on Tuesday approved a resolution that Israel says denies the deep historic Jewish connection to holy sites in Jerusalem – and that has angered Israel’s government and …


Russian Mideast push could hurt US influence, if talks occur

American influence over the Middle East could slip a notch after Israel and the Palestinians agreed in principle to Russian-organized talks in Moscow. That is, if the negotiations ever happen.


Fire kills 3 Gaza kids, sparks accusations over power crisis

Three Palestinian children have died in a Gaza house fire started by a candle, sparking internal finger-pointing over the coastal territory’s lingering power crisis.


Israel demolishes West Bank family homes of alleged Palestinian killers

Israeli army units Saturday demolished four West bank homes of families of Palestinians accused of killing Israelis, two days after the action was cleared by the nation’s Supreme Court.


Teenager becomes a focus in Israel-Palestinian conflict

The fate of a Palestinian boy seized center stage Thursday in the battle of narratives accompanying the recent burst of deadly Israeli-Palestinian violence.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 14, 2015, 6:05 p.m.

As attacks continue, Israeli army begins deploying troops

Hundreds of soldiers fanned out in cities across Israel on Wednesday and authorities erected concrete barriers outside some Arab neighborhoods of east Jerusalem in a stepped up effort to counter …


Vatican recognizes state of Palestine in new treaty

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized Wednesday, immediately sparking Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects.


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 …


Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza

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


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. …


Israel OKs new West Bank settlement construction

JERUSALEM — Israel approved the construction of 3,000 homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, a government official said today, in what appeared to be a …


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 …


Temple Beth Shalom leader settles in to life in Spokane

Drivers on Interstate 90 aren’t the only people who’ve noticed a large sign near the Maple Street exit that urges a boycott of Israel. Members of Spokane’s leading synagogue, Temple …


Arafat Scores Resounding Victory In Race For Palestinian Presidency Landslide Gives Plo Chief Mandate For Peace Process

Winner Yasser Arafat joked that 51 percent would have looked better. Photo by Associated Press


Violence Precedes Palestinian Election

In the final hours before the first Palestinian elections, three Muslim militants were killed Friday after firing on Israeli soldiers, Palestinian police broke up an opposition protest and voters complained …