Israel: Abbas choosing Hamas over peace

JERUSALEM (JWN and agencies)—Senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmed said Friday that Fatah and Hamas have made progress toward reaching an agreement on the political platform of a new unity government. … [Read more...]

Netanyahu and Abbas lock lips in Benetton ad

JERUSALEM (JWN)—Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas are seen kissing in a doctored photo in an ad by the Italian clothing company Benetton. The … [Read more...]

IDF: Most Israelis won’t serve in military by 2020

JERUSALEM (JWN)—By the end of the decade 60 percent of Israelis will not be serving in the Israel Defense Forces, according to the head of the IDF Manpower Branch, Maj.-Gen. Orna Barbivai. Contrary … [Read more...]

PA denies deal to drop statehood bid for cash

JERUSALEM (JWN and agencies)—Palestinian Authority officials are denying reports early Thursday that the PA would freeze its statehood campaign at the United Nations if Israel handed over tax revenue … [Read more...]

Israel, Arab countries to attend nuclear talks

JERUSALEM (JWN and agencies)—Israel and a number of Arab states have been invited to attend an International Atomic Energy Agency forum on freeing the world of nuclear weapons. It is not clear whether … [Read more...]

Israel to help Kenya fight Somali Islamists

JERUSALEM (JWN and agencies)—Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga thanked Israel this week for its commitment to help it fight Somali Islamist terrorists linked to Al-Qaida. “Kenya got the backing of … [Read more...]

Two West Bank terrorist cells captured

JERUSALEM (JWN and agencies)—Shin Bet agents have arrested the members of two terrorist cells responsible for numerous shooting and bombing attacks in the West Bank. The arrest was disclosed on … [Read more...]

Assad regime slays 69 more protesters

JERUSALEM (JWN and agencies)—At least 69 people were reported killed in southern Syria on Monday, most of them in clashes between army deserters and troops loyal to President Bashar Assad, activists … [Read more...]

IDF weighing new offensive against Gaza attacks

JERUSALEM (JWN)—The IDF’s chief of General Staff, Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, told members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday that the escalation in rocket attacks from the Gaza … [Read more...]

Erekat blames Quartet for failure of peace process

JERUSALEM (JWN and agencies)—Saeb Erekat, the top Palestinian Authority negotiator, said the reason for the failure of peace talks to resume is because the Quartet of mediators (the US, UN, EU, and … [Read more...]

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