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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 a monthlong wave of Palestinian violence that has seen near daily attacks.
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.
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 were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside, Palestinian officials said, as Israel pressed forward with its 17-day war against the territory’s Hamas rulers.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military says it has launched a ground offensive in Gaza.
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 location Wednesday in search of an end to decades of conflict.
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. He said the sides had set a goal for a nine-month deadline for reaching a pact.
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 defiant response to the Palestinians’ successful United Nations recognition bid.
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 suggested his comments were racist and out of touch with the realities of the Middle East. His campaign later said his remarks were mischaracterized.
Thousands of jubilant, flag-waving Palestinians, watching on outdoor screens across the West Bank, cheered their president today as he submitted his historic request for recognition of a state of Palestine to the United Nations.
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 Beth Shalom, have questioned Rabbi Michael Goldstein about it, the rabbi said Sunday He told his congregants to ignore the sign.
Winner Yasser Arafat joked that 51 percent would have looked better. Photo by Associated Press
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 of confusion about polling stations. Despite the problems, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat hailed today's vote as a "milestone on the way toward establishing a Palestinian state."
Hundreds of ecstatic Palestinians waving flags and chanting "Our revolution is victorious!" mobbed the first representatives of Yasser Arafat's police who arrived Wednesday as Israel began pulling troops out of the city. Jenin is the first of seven cities to be handed to the Palestinians under the Israel-PLO autonomy agreement signed last month at the White House. The arrival of Arafat's police is the first step toward Palestinian self-rule in most West Bank towns and villages by the end of the year.
PLO leader Yasser Arafat accused Muslim extremists Saturday of preparing to use the Gaza Strip as a "launching pad" for suicide attacks against Israelis to undermine the Israel-PLO peace accord. A statement issued after a four-hour meeting of Arafat's Cabinet quoted the Palestinian leader as saying that such attacks were aimed at embarrassing the Palestinian self-rule government "and giving Israel pretexts for delaying its withdrawal" from the West Bank.
Negotiations on Palestinian self-rule broke up in discord Thursday, reinforcing an impression of cheerless stalemate that has grown increasingly pronounced in recent weeks. Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat managed thin smiles as they shook hands to start their meeting at the Erez crossing point between Israel and the autonomous Gaza Strip. But they abandoned their practice of holding a joint news conference afterward.
An Israeli police officer examines the ambushed vehicle. Photo by Associated Press