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January 30, 2018 5:59 PM Israel condemns Irish bill banning goods from occupied lands

JERUSALEM – Israel is condemning an Irish bill that would outlaw the import of goods from West Bank settlements and plans to summon the Irish ambassador over the legislation. If passed, Ireland would become the first European country to ban settlement products, though several countries already label them. The European Union in 2015 approved guidelines 46

January 26, 2018 2:49 PM Trump is heading for ultimate failure in Middle East peace bid

Trump on Palestinian aid: That money is not going to them unless they negotiate peace (CNN)Two events this week reflect stunning and unprecedented trend lines in US Middle East policy. First, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley blasted the remarks that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made against the United States last week. And President 64

January 25, 2018 11:53 PM Trump Says Palestinians Must Return to Peace Talks to Get U.S. Aid

At Davos, Israel’s Netanyahu says U.S. decision to move embassy to Jerusalem will be ’forever etched in the hearts of our people’ DAVOS, Switzerland—President Donald Trump on Thursday said the Palestinians must return to peace talks with Israel to continue receiving U.S. aid, in comments to reporters as he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 51

January 22, 2018 4:36 PM World leaders are starting to go around Trump

Arab lawmakers protest Pence's speech David A. Andelman is a visiting scholar at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School and director of its Red Lines Project. He also is a contributor to CNN and a columnist for USA Today, and author of "A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today." He was a foreign correspondent for The New York Times 94

January 9, 2018 7:10 AM Israel's religious parties get more control over Saturday trading

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel’s parliament passed legislation governing trading on the Jewish Sabbath by a one-vote margin on Tuesday, a vote that has angered secular lawmakers while earning a reprieve for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition. The bill, passed by a 58-to-57 vote, affords Israel’s interior minister the right to cancel municipal 58

January 8, 2018 6:47 PM Israeli TV airs audio of Netanyahu's son outside strip club

JERUSALEM – An Israeli news station has aired an audio recording of what it says is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son drunkenly bragging outside a strip club in 2015. In the recording broadcast by Channel 2 News on Monday, Yair Netanyahu tells the son of an Israeli gas tycoon that the prime minister advanced a controversial gas deal in parliament 46

December 21, 2017 10:10 AM Israel's Netanyahu calls U.N. 'house of lies' ahead of Jerusalem vote

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the United Nations as a “house of lies” ahead of a vote on Thursday on a draft resolution calling on the United States to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “The State of Israel totally rejects this vote, even before (the resolution‘s) approval,” Netanyahu said in public 47

December 14, 2017 8:18 AM Israel closes Gaza border crossings after Palestinian rocket strikes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel announced the closure of its Gaza border crossings on Thursday in response to daily rocket fire from the enclave over the past week after U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital stoked Palestinian anger. Israeli aircraft struck three facilities belonging to Hamas, the militant group that controls 87

December 11, 2017 7:13 PM EU Officials Urge U.S. to Not Go It Alone on Mideast Peace Efforts

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says it is time to recognize Jerusalem as the capital, but bloc’s foreign ministers say they won’t follow Trump’s lead BRUSSELS—European Union officials warned the Trump administration not to go it alone in its Middle East peace efforts as the bloc’s foreign ministers said they wouldn’t follow the U.S. decision 35

December 10, 2017 9:26 AM The Latest: Protest near US Embassy in Beirut sparks clashes

Scores of Lebanese and Palestinian demonstrators have clashed with security forces outside the U.S. Embassy in Beirut over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The protesters gathered hundreds of meters (yards) away from the embassy on Sunday, where they burned an effigy of Trump, U.S. and Israeli flags, as well as piles 84