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Nov 26, 2014

Israel’s lurch to the right dims two-state peace prospects

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A cartoon in Israel’s left-leaning Haaretz newspaper showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu studying a poster made by his publicity team of Mahmoud Abbas, the mild-mannered, soft-featured Palestinian president.

The poster depicted Abbas looking fierce, with menacing eyes and bloodied fangs. A disappointed-looking Netanyahu turns to his aide and asks: “Can you lengthen his fangs a tad?”

Nov 18, 2014
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Timeline: Rising violence in Jerusalem ahead of synagogue attack

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(Pools of blood are seen near a religious Jewish text at the scene of an attack at a Jerusalem synagogue in this handout picture released by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kobi Gideon)

Over the past several weeks, tension and violence have risen steadily in Jerusalem, culminating in Tuesday’s attack on a synagogue in which four worshippers were shot and knifed to death by Palestinians assailants.

Nov 14, 2014

Jerusalem’s tram rides a fine line as city violence worsens

JERUSALEM, Nov 14 (Reuters) – If there has been a constant
target during weeks of unrest in Jerusalem, it is the divided
city’s Light Rail, a sleek tram that snakes through downtown,
past the ancient walls of the Old City, symbolically uniting
Jewish West and Arab East.

Launched in 2011 after years of delays and budget overruns,
the French-Israeli project was hailed as a piece of world-class
infrastructure that would transform the city, bringing Israelis
and Palestinians closer through shared public transport.

Nov 10, 2014

Israel faces tough months as pressure builds on Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to keep his fractious coalition together as talk of early elections grows, but in trying to bolster himself domestically he runs the risk of further alienating international partners.

To satisfy restive far-right parties in his government, Netanyahu has promised more settlement on land the Palestinians seek for an independent state, greatly aggravating the United States and the European Union.

Nov 8, 2014

Palestinians clash with Israeli troops again over holy site

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian protesters fought with Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank on Friday, the latest clashes in a fortnight of violence over access to Jerusalem’s holiest site.

At the Qalandia checkpoint separating Ramallah from Jerusalem, troops fired rubber bullets as several hundred protesters marched, some throwing rocks and petrol bombs.

Nov 7, 2014

Jerusalem unrest underscores need for peace talks: EU’s Mogherini

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – The EU’s new foreign affairs chief said on Friday that a surge of violence in Jerusalem made it all the more critical that Israel and the Palestinians return to negotiations quickly.

Speaking after talks with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Federica Mogherini said the European Union stood with Israel when it came to defending its citizens, but that the unrest was a serious concern.

Nov 5, 2014

Palestinian anger boils in the heart of East Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – For months, the streets of mainly Arab East Jerusalem, in the shadow of the Old City but where tourists seldom venture, have been ablaze, with daily clashes between armed Israeli police and Palestinians throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails.

The roots of the unrest are many: from the killing in July of a Palestinian teenager by Jewish extremists — apparently in revenge for the killing of three Israeli teenagers by Palestinians — to increased settlement building in East Jerusalem, the war in Gaza and a push by ultra-nationalist Jews to be allowed to pray at one of Islam’s holiest sites.

Nov 5, 2014

Insight – Palestinian anger boils in the heart of East Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – For months, the streets of mainly Arab East Jerusalem, in the shadow of the Old City but where tourists seldom venture, have been ablaze, with daily clashes between armed Israeli police and Palestinians throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails.

The roots of the unrest are many: from the killing in July of a Palestinian teenager by Jewish extremists — apparently in revenge for the killing of three Israeli teenagers by Palestinians — to increased settlement building in East Jerusalem, the war in Gaza and a push by ultra-nationalist Jews to be allowed to pray at one of Islam’s holiest sites.

Nov 2, 2014

Far-right Israeli MP visits al-Aqsa compound, defying Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A far-right politician who wants Jews to be allowed to pray at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa compound visited the site on Sunday, defying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s calls for restraint after clashes this week between Israeli police and Palestinians.

Sunday was the first day the compound, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, was open to non-Muslims since an Israeli-American activist was shot and seriously wounded after speaking out against the prayer ban.

Oct 31, 2014

Muslim men over 50 pray at Jerusalem’s Aqsa mosque amid tight security

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Muslim men over 50 prayed at the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday amid intense security, a day after Israel closed all access to the sacred compound for the first time in more than a decade following violence on the streets.

More than 1,000 Israeli police were deployed around the Old City’s cobbled streets and the ancient gates that lead to Al Aqsa, a spokeswoman said, in addition to undercover anti-riot units and observation balloons hovering in the sky.

    • 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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