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May 22, 2015

Gaza’s economy “on verge of collapse” says World Bank

JERUSALEM, May 22 (Reuters) – Gaza’s economy is in a worse
state than any other in the world, with unemployment at a global
high, output contracting sharply and the long-term prospects
worrying, the World Bank said on Friday.

Repeated rounds of conflict, internal divisions and the
embargo Israel and Egypt impose have left the territory “on the
verge of collapse”, the report sad, with its 1.8 million
population facing poverty and destitution despite vast aid.

May 19, 2015

Palestinians stare down Israel as FIFA suspension vote looms

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – On top of land, settlements, resources and borders, Israel and the Palestinians can add another dispute to their long history of conflict — football.

In 10 days’ time, at the request of the Palestine Football Association, FIFA will hold a vote among its 209 members at a Congress in Zurich on whether Israel should be suspended from the world football body for violating rules relating to racism, the free movement of players and where clubs are based.

May 19, 2015

Soccer-Palestinians stare down Israel as FIFA suspension vote looms

RAMALLAH, West Bank, May 19 (Reuters) – On top of land, settlements, resources and borders, Israel and the Palestinians can add another dispute to their long history of conflict – football.

In 10 days’ time, at the request of the Palestine Football Association, FIFA will hold a vote among its 209 members at a Congress in Geneva on whether Israel should be suspended from the world football body for violating rules relating to racism, the free movement of players and where clubs are based.

May 14, 2015

Vatican move on Palestine adds fuel to European debate

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Vatican’s decision to recognize the state of Palestine in a treaty for the first time has drawn a stern response from Israel, but it may usher in a freer debate in Europe about how to proceed on the vexed Palestinian question.

The Holy See has referred to Palestine since 2012, but the treaty concluded on Wednesday, which covers the Church’s activities in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority, marks a more formal recognition, which Vatican officials said they hoped would benefit Israeli-Palestinian ties in time.

May 8, 2015

Europe and U.S. keep watchful eye on Israel’s legislative plans

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Benjamin Netanyahu’s formation of one of the most right-wing government in Israel’s history has fueled concerns in Europe and the United States about further settlement building and dimming prospects for peace.

But it also has diplomats on edge about wider policy proposals, particularly on social and judicial affairs, where the far-right Jewish Home party, an influential member of Netanyahu’s coalition, is determined to leave its mark.

May 6, 2015

Hamas-Fatah face-off leaves hard road ahead for Palestinians

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – In recent weeks, a flurry of envoys has beaten a path to Gaza’s door: representatives from Qatar, Turkey, the United Nations, the European Union and former U.S. president Jimmy Carter have all visited or tried to visit.

Yet the result has been the same: no success in reconciling Hamas, the Islamist movement that has controlled Gaza since 2007, and Fatah, the more secular, Western-backed party that runs the Palestinian administration from the West Bank.

May 5, 2015
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Ethiopian Jews’ protests draw attention to racism in Israel

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(Israeli protesters, Jews of Ethiopian origin, participate in a protest on what they say was police violence against their community in Jerusalem April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

Images of Israeli police firing stun grenades are usually set in the West Bank and involve Palestinian protesters. But on Sunday the situation was quite different – riot police battling thousands of Ethiopian Jews in the center of Tel Aviv.

May 4, 2015

Ethiopian protests draw attention to racism in Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Images of Israeli police firing stun grenades are usually set in the West Bank and involve Palestinian protesters. But on Sunday the situation was quite different – riot police battling thousands of Ethiopian Jews in the center of Tel Aviv.

The spark was a week old video showing two Israeli policemen punching, beating and trying to arrest an Israeli soldier of Ethiopian descent in what appeared to be an unprovoked attack.

Mar 31, 2015

Palestinians may have to wait for their day in court with Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestine will raise the stakes in a legal battle with Israel on Wednesday when it joins the International Criminal Court, but any case over alleged crimes in the occupied territories is unlikely to come to trial for some years – if ever.

With the court swamped with investigations in Africa and prosecutors already struggling to secure convictions, legal experts say they need to be absolutely certain before proceeding with a highly politicized case against Israel.

Mar 23, 2015

Israelis fret about risk of isolation but concern may be overdone

JERUSALEM, March 23 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu’s re-election last week has prompted alarmed chatter
in the cafes of Tel Aviv and on talk shows about the risk of
Israel losing the support of its closest allies and being left
isolated in the world.

It is clear Netanyahu still has fences to mend with
President Barack Obama, despite rowing back from his rejection
of a two-state solution with the Palestinians, which prompted
new calls for sanctions from campaign group BDS.

    • About Luke

      "Luke is bureau chief for Reuters in Brussels. The 25-strong, multimedia bureau covers all European Union issues, from trade, energy and agriculture to foreign policy, competition, regulation and economic affairs. The bureau is also responsible for coverage of NATO and Belgian politics, economics and company news. In his beat, Luke covers foreign affairs, with a focus on the Middle East and Iran, and writes about EU economic policy. He was previously based in London, where he was defence correspondent, and before that had postings in Jerusalem, Baghdad, Rome and Johannesburg."
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