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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 a monthlong wave of Palestinian violence that has seen near daily attacks.

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 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.

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 location Wednesday in search of an end to decades of conflict.

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. He said the sides had set a goal for a nine-month deadline for reaching a pact.

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 defiant response to the Palestinians’ successful United Nations recognition bid.

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 suggested his comments were racist and out of touch with the realities of the Middle East. His campaign later said his remarks were mischaracterized.

Palestinians take to streets to cheer on UN bid

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.

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 Beth Shalom, have questioned Rabbi Michael Goldstein about it, the rabbi said Sunday He told his congregants to ignore the sign.

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 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."

Palestinian Joy As Israelis Depart Transfer Of Power On West Bank Off To A Peaceful Start

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.

Muslim Militants Aim To Kill Peace, Arafat Says

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.

Israeli-Plo Talks Break Up In Discord

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.