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Israel Cut Land Offer by Half, Palestinian Ex-Negotiator Says – Businessweek

BusinessweekIsrael told the Palestinians it’s willing to withdraw from only 40 percent of the West Bank, a Palestinian official close to the peace talks said, indicating how far U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is from delivering an accord. Mohammad Shtayyeh, who …Palestinian Man Found Dead After Standoff With Israeli ForcesNew York TimesIsraeli forces use […]

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Amnesty: Some Israeli West Bank killings may be war crimes – Haaretz

HaaretzIsraeli army soldiers fire tear gas towards Palestinian demonstrators during clashes in the West Bank village of Yabed, near Jenin, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Photo by AP. Text size. Comments (2). Print Page. Send to friend. Share on Facebook. Share on …Israeli troops intentionally killing Palestinians in West Bank, says Amnesty …ABC OnlineIsraeli security forces […]

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Kid gloves seen softening Israeli crackdown on pro-settler vandals – Reuters UK

Reuters UKMISHOR ADUMIM, West Bank (Reuters) – Last March, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a crackdown on crimes that elsewhere might be shrugged off as ugly but sufferable mischief – racist graffiti, slashed tyres, hacked orchards and …Police clash with protesters at Jerusalem Al-Aqsa mosqueThe News InternationalCheckpoints between worlds in GazaAsia Times OnlineClose the […]

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Abbas suggest NATO troops be stationed in future Palestinian state – Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem PostIn ‘NY Times’ interview, PA president says Israeli troops should remain in West Bank, east Jerusalem for 5-year transitional period, and then be replaced by US-led NATO force: “We will be demilitarized.” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the …World News of the day From Across the Globe /San Francisco ChronicleAbbas wants NATO force […]

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Right-wing group starts 7-day vigil against possible withdrawal from West Bank – Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem Post‘Women in Green’ gather in front of Netanyahu’s residence to implore him to maintain total sovereignty over disputed territories. Prof. Arieh Eldad speaking to Women in Green Photo: Courtesy. Incensed that portions of the West Bank may be transferred to …Israeli leaders cry foul over Kerry’s boycott warningWashington PostIsraeli Leaders Criticize Kerry’s Boycott WarningVoice […]

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Scarlett Johansson Stepping Down As Oxfam Ambassador – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsScarlett Johansson is ending her relationship with a humanitarian group after being criticized over her support for an Israeli company that operates in the West Bank. A statement released by Johansson’s spokesman Wednesday said the 29-year-old actress …Scarlett Johansson steps down as Oxfam ambassadorFox NewsOxfam accepts Scarlett Johansson’s resignationKansas City StarJohansson loses […]

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Scarlett Johansson quits Oxfam role over SodaStream row – BBC News

BBC NewsActress Scarlett Johansson has quit as an ambassador for Oxfam amid a row over her support for an Israeli company that operates in the occupied West Bank. A spokesman for the actress said she had a “fundamental difference of opinion” with the …Scarlett Johansson Steps Down as Oxfam AmbassadorTIMEScarlett Johansson ends relationship with Oxfam […]

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Scarlett Johansson ends relationship with Oxfam over SodaStream endorsement – Daily Mail

Daily MailScarlett Johansson has ended her relationship with a humanitarian group after being criticised over her support for an Israeli soda maker company that operates in the West Bank. A statement released by Johansson’s spokesman on Wednesday said the …Scarlett Johansson quits Oxfam role over SodaStream rowBBC NewsScarlett Johansson steps down as Oxfam’s global ambassadorIndian […]

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Thomas Friedman: Kerry’s plan envisions Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem – Haaretz

HaaretzSenior NYT analyst lays out expected points of the framework deal, which he believes will include phased withdrawal from West Bank according to 1967 lines and will not allow return of Palestinian refugees to Israel. By Barak Ravid | Jan. 29, 2014 | 11:50 AM …The ‘Kerry Plan’: Palestinian capital in east Jerusalem, recognition of […]

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Netanyahu says West has ‘no chance’ of striking final nuclear deal with Iran – Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem Post“No final status agreement with Iran will work,” the premier said hours after returning from his trip to Davos, where he took part in the World Economic Forum. Netanyahu. PM Netanyahu speaks at weekly cabinet meeting Photo: EMIL SALMAN/POOL.Israelis pessimistic over peace processThe News InternationalPalestinians in West Bank protest US talks proposalsPress TV all […]

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Kerry sees progress on Israeli-Palestinian framework deal – Reuters

ReutersRAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinians are making progress towards a “framework agreement” to guide their talks on a formal peace deal but still have some way to go, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday. Speaking …Kerry cites some progress in Mideast diplomacyHouston ChronicleKerry: Israel, PLO start to ‘flesh […]

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Palestinian envoy in Prague killed by blast after he opens old safe – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesRAMALLAH, West Bank — The newly appointed Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic died Wednesday shortly after he was injured by an explosion when he opened an old safe in his Prague residence, according to a statement by the Palestinian …Palestinian envoy dies after Prague residence blastABC OnlinePalestinian envoy dies in Prague blast, […]

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Israel Releases Palestinian Prisoners Before Kerry – Bloomberg

BloombergFriends and family members of the 26 Palestinian prisoners who are expected to be… Read More. Friends and family members of the 26 Palestinian prisoners who are expected to be released celebrate their imminent release from Israeli jail in the West Bank …Ahead of Kerry visit || PM calming right-wing fears on US-brokered ‘framework …HaaretzIsrael […]

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Israel releases third group of Palestinian prisoners – Xinhua

XinhuaJERUSALEM, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) — Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners early Tuesday, as part of a U.S.-brokered agreement to resume direct peace talks between the two sides. The prisoners — 18 men from the West Bank, three from the Gaza Strip and five …Prisoner release: A painful, uncredited stepJerusalem PostPalestinians convicted in terror attacks released […]

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Ministers release list of 26 Palestinian prisoners to be freed in advance of Kerry’s … – Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem PostMinisters finalize list of prisoners to be freed ahead of Kerry’s return to the region; Peri: 15-25% of settlers would be evacuated in peace deal; illegal West Bank building can be treated as criminal activity. Bereaved family members protest against an impending …Kerry to Travel to Middle East on New Year’s DayVoice of AmericaKerry […]

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A rare bond in Bethlehem gets ancient church restored – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBETHLEHEM, West Bank — Two weeks before Christmas, one of the most powerful storms to hit the Middle East in a century dumped several inches of snow on the hills of Bethlehem. In addition to shuttering schools and businesses, the storm caused runoff …Worshippers, pilgrims rejoice in Jesus’ Bethlehem birthplaceFox NewsPilgrims Converge for Bethlehem […]

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Arab League nixes American proposal to let IDF stay in West Bank in peace deal – Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem PostAt an emergency meeting called at Abbas’ request, Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby said there could be not one Israeli soldier in the territory of a future Palestine. PA President Abbas and Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby Photo: Reuters.Arab League rejects US proposal in Mideast dealWRAL.comPalestinian negotiator: Israel talks won’t be extended past […]