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May 11, 2014

Israeli ministers approve bid to block Palestinian prisoner releases

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel took a step on Sunday toward enacting a law that could block any future release of Palestinian prisoners convicted of killing Israelis and impede any efforts to restart frozen peace talks.

A ministerial committee’s approval of proposed legislation aimed at denying amnesty to Palestinians jailed for deadly attacks was a victory for right-wing partners in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition.

May 8, 2014
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Anti-Christian slogans alarm Catholic Church before Pope Francis’s Holy Land visit

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(A church worker looks at a church wall sprayed with graffiti in Jerusalem February 20, 2012. Vandals daubed “Death to Christianity” on the Jerusalem church. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

The Roman Catholic Church in Jerusalem, preparing for a visit by Pope Francis later this month, has expressed alarm over threats to Christians scrawled by suspected Jewish extremists on church property in the Holy Land.

May 8, 2014

Anti-Christian slogans alarm Church before Pope’s Holy Land visit

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Roman Catholic Church in Jerusalem, preparing for a visit by Pope Francis later this month, has expressed alarm over threats to Christians scrawled by suspected Jewish extremists on church property in the Holy Land.

In an incident on Monday, “Death to Arabs and Christians and all those who hate Israel” was daubed in Hebrew on an outer column of the Office of the Assembly of Bishops at the Notre Dame Center in East Jerusalem.

May 8, 2014

Anti-Christian graffiti raise alarm before Pope’s Holy Land visit

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Roman Catholic Church in Jerusalem, preparing for a papal visit later this month, has expressed alarm over threats to Christians scrawled by suspected Jewish extremists on church property in the Holy Land.

In an incident on Monday, “Death to Arabs and Christians and all those who hate Israel” was daubed in Hebrew on an outer column of the Office of the Assembly of Bishops at the Notre Dame Center in East Jerusalem.

Apr 27, 2014

Abbas calls Holocaust “most heinous crime” against humanity

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the Nazi Holocaust “the most heinous crime” against humanity in modern times, in an apparent bid to build bridges with Israel days after troubled peace talks collapsed.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the overture on Sunday, saying Abbas’s Palestinian power-sharing deal with Hamas, which led Israel to suspend the negotiations on Thursday, put him in partnership with an Islamist group that denies the Holocaust and seeks the Jewish state’s destruction.

Apr 24, 2014

Israel suspends peace talks after Palestinian unity bid

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel on Thursday suspended U.S.-sponsored peace talks with the Palestinians in response to President Mahmoud Abbas’s unexpected unity pact with the rival Islamist Hamas group.

The negotiations had appeared to be heading nowhere even before Wednesday’s reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian groups plunged them deeper into crisis. The United States had been struggling to extend the talks beyond an original April 29 deadline for a peace accord.

Apr 23, 2014

Netanyahu tells Abbas to choose peace partner: Hamas or Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday over just-revived unity talks with Hamas, saying he had to choose between peace with Israel or its Islamist enemy.

Delegates from Abbas’s Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Hamas representatives held a fence-mending session on Tuesday in the Gaza Strip, their first since a 2007 conflict in which forces loyal to Western-backed Abbas lost control of the enclave to the militant group, an opponent of peace with Israel.

Apr 13, 2014

Israel appropriates land in West Bank: newspaper

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has carried out a new land appropriation in the occupied West Bank, the Haaretz daily said on Sunday, in a move that could complicate efforts to extend troubled peace talks with the Palestinians.

Haaretz said the Defense Ministry declared nearly 250 acres of territory in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc just south of Jerusalem “state land”.

Apr 9, 2014

Netanyahu orders cutback in contacts with Palestinian Authority

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel announced on Wednesday a partial freeze in high-level contacts with the Palestinians in retaliation for their signing of international conventions, deepening a crisis that threatens to wreck U.S.-brokered peace talks.

A spokesman for the Palestinian Authority (PA), which exercises limited self-rule in the occupied West Bank, said Israeli-Palestinian ministerial meetings were rare but voiced concern that the step could be followed by economic sanctions.

Apr 8, 2014

Israel, Palestinians press on with peace talks rescue bid

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli and Palestinian negotiators ended another U.S.-mediated session on Tuesday with no sign of a breakthrough in efforts to save peace talks from collapse, but an Israeli official said they had agreed to meet again.

In a statement about the latest discussions, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said: “Gaps remain but both sides are committed to narrow the gaps.”

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      "Heller joined Reuters from United Press International in Tel Aviv in 1984 and transferred to London in 1987. He returned to the Middle East in 1992 as a senior sub-editor on the Middle East and Africa desk before taking up a post as correspondent, Jerusalem a year later. He is currently editor-in-charge in the Jerusalem bureau."
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