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Dec 12, 2013

Kerry back to region to pursue faltering Mideast peace talks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry headed back to the Middle East on Thursday, a week after his previous visit ended with Palestinian dissatisfaction over U.S. security ideas for an elusive land-for-peace deal with Israel.

Kerry, who has quipped that his frequent trips to the region have become a commute, planned separate meetings with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Dec 10, 2013

Israel approves detention without charges for African migrants

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s parliament has moved to ensure African migrants who enter the country illegally can be held without charge, despite a Supreme Court ruling that had struck down a previous detention law.

Legislation approved late on Monday set a maximum detention period of one year for new illegal migrants, a change from a term of up to three years stipulated in a previous law annulled by the court in September.

Dec 8, 2013

Netanyahu partner urges peace deal with Palestinians

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main coalition partner publicly prodded him on Sunday to show “historic courage” and reach a peace deal with the Palestinians even at the risk of his government’s collapse.

Finance Minister Yair Lapid, in a speech, reassured Netanyahu of his centrist Yesh Atid party’s support and spoke of possible changes in the coalition – a nod to any future exit of far-right factions and their replacement by left-wing partners – should a land-for-peace agreement be achieved.

Nov 20, 2013

Israeli couples say ‘I don’t’ to Orthodox Jewish weddings

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – For most Israelis in the Jewish state, there is one legal way to get married – God’s way.

Israeli law empowers only Orthodox rabbis to officiate at Jewish weddings, but popular opposition is growing to this restriction and to what some Israelis see as an Orthodox stranglehold on the most precious moments of their lives.

Nov 18, 2013

New panel aims to settle Israeli, Palestinian business disputes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli and Palestinian businessmen, who sometimes have to exchange suitcases of cash for goods at military checkpoints, will soon be able to settle any commercial disputes on neutral ground.

An Israeli former peace negotiator, Oren Shachor, and Palestinian tycoon Munir al-Masri have founded the Jerusalem Arbitration Center, in an rare example of cooperation aimed at bypassing the political pitfalls of decades of conflict.

Nov 13, 2013

Netanyahu says ‘bad deal’ with Iran could lead to war

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Wednesday that a “bad deal” between global powers and Iran over its nuclear program could lead to war.

His government said an offer on the table for what Washington calls a “modest” easing of sanctions would in fact negate up to 40 percent of the sanctions’ impact, reducing pressure on Tehran to give up a nuclear program that the West and Israel believe is aimed at building a bomb.

Nov 13, 2013

Sanctions relief worth up to $40 billion to Iran: Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A sanctions relief package offered to Iran as part of nuclear negotiations could be worth up to $40 billion to Tehran, or 40 percent of the impact of the sanctions, an Israeli cabinet minister said on Wednesday.

Israel is strongly opposed to a package of sanctions relief, which the United States says will be limited and reversible, offered to Iran by global powers at talks in return for constraints on Tehran’s nuclear program.

Nov 6, 2013

Israel’s Lieberman rejoining government after acquittal

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed his former foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, back to government on Wednesday after the ultra-nationalist politician was acquitted of corruption charges.

Lieberman’s return to office could further complicate already troubled U.S.-sponsored peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Nov 6, 2013

Former Israeli foreign minister Lieberman acquitted of corruption charges

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was acquitted of corruption charges on Wednesday, a verdict that paves the way for the far-right politician to return to the post.

Lieberman’s ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party is allied with the right-wing Likud of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who kept open the foreign ministry portfolio for him while the trial was under way.

Nov 5, 2013

Israel, Palestinians grim on peace talks before Kerry visit

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli and Palestinian officials said on Tuesday the three-month-old peace talks pressed on them by Washington are going nowhere, painting a grim picture for a visit this week by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Few details have emerged from negotiating sessions held at unannounced times and at secret locations in line with pledges to keep a lid on leaks.