King Abdullah calls on PA to resume peace talks

RAMALLAH (JWN and agencies)—In his first visit to the Palestinian Authority in more than a decade, Jordan’s King Abdullah on Monday called on PA President Mahmoud Abbas to resume peace negotiations … [Read more...]

Rice: Time for regime change in Tehran

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN “The Iranians are seeking a nuclear weapon and are a poster child for terror, supporting it abroad. This is the single most dangerous state in international politics.... It is … [Read more...]

Syrian troops shell villages for first time

JERUSALEM (JWN and agencies)—The Syrian Army responded to an attack by rebel defectors Thursday night by shelling two northern villages. This was the first reported sustained shelling of opponents to … [Read more...]

Panetta to tell Barak: Iran strike could hurt world economy

JERUSALEM (JWN and agencies)--US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta intends to tell Defense Minister Ehud Barak today that America is concerned about the possible economic consequences of military strike … [Read more...]

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...]

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