Survey indicates that American citizens’ most favorable countries are Canada, UK. Saudi Arabia marked at bottom of list. Some 61% expressed fondness of Israel
US secretary of state, expected to arrive in region Thursday, intends to push for solutions as Israeli-Palestinian peace talks intensify
Students from Tel Aviv high school say were threatened with suspension for wearing Santa hats to school. Some students call new instruction ‘racist’, aimed against Russian students for whom wearing hats on Dec. 31 is tradition
Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas warned Tuesday of legal and diplomatic action to stop Israeli settlement expansion, on the eve of a new peace mission by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Abbas's warning came after Israel freed 26 prisoners earlier in the day, as part of US-brokered peace talks, which Kerry hopes to reinvigorate during his visit. The release prompted celebration among Palestinians, who welcomed the prisoners back into the West Bank and Gaza Strip after they had spent two to three decades in Israeli jails. But as Kerry geared up for his 10th visit since March, an anticipated announcement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government of further settlement construction looked set to cast a new cloud over the talks.
Day ahead of Kerry’s visit, PA President Abbas slams Israeli settlement building in Jerusalem, says ‘We will not remain patient as the settlement cancer spreads’
State comptroller’s ombudsman harshly condemns Judea and Samaria police for trying to cover up officers’ disregard for regulations.
By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Jordan takes over the U.N. Security Council presidency on Wednesday, the first day of its two-year stint on a 15-nation body struggling to cope with conflicts in Syria, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Mali and elsewhere. Jordan will join Chad, Chile, Lithuania and Nigeria on the council until December 31, 2015. The U.N. General Assembly elected Amman in early December as a replacement for Saudi Arabia after Riyadh turned down the seat in protest at the council’s failure to end the Syrian war and act on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other Middle East issues. Although Jordan was a last-minute stand-in for the Saudi kingdom, Amman’s U.N. ambassador, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, has a reputation at the United Nations for his outspoken stance on human rights issues, U.N. diplomats say.
Dr. Bart Knols declares war on disease, Says ‘drugs, prevention tools’ exist, but global community does not move to improve distribution. Forum aims to take Israel’s success in eliminating malaria, implementing it in Africa