27 février 2014

IDF raises level of alert on Lebanese border following alleged strike

After Hezbollah has threatened to retaliate against Israel for its alleged role in a strike on a weapons convoy en route from Syria to Lebanon, the IDF Northern Command decided Wednesday evening to increase the state of alert for forces stationed along the border with Lebanon, fearing of retaliatory fire.Farmers whose lands are near the border were also instructed to stay away from the border fence. The IDF refused comment. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry indirectly addressed the Monday night attack on a weapons convoy en... [Lire la suite]
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27 février 2014

Erekat: No peace talks beyond April

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat on Thursday rebuffed US moves to extend an April deadline for nine months of talks with Israel, aimed at reaching a framework peace deal, saying Israel was acting in good faith."There is no meaning to prolonging the negotiation, even for one more additional hour, if Israel, represented by its current government, continues to disregard international law," the Palestinian official told AFP news agency, in an apparent reference to Israel's continued settlement construction in the West Bank. Army... [Lire la suite]
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27 février 2014

Netanyahu/Merkel

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reiterated on Tuesday that there can be no reconciliation with the Palestinians without recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. Speaking at a joint news conference in Jerusalem with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Netanyahu said that boycotts of Israel only push peace further away and do not help the Palestinian economy. On Iran, Netanyahu reiterated that Tehran must not be allowed to manufacture nuclear weapons. Netanyahu said the visit to Israel by Merkel and her government reflects the... [Lire la suite]
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23 février 2014

Netanyahu: World be firm on defeating Iran nuclear program

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday urged world powers to stand firm in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, a day after a US official said the Islamic Republic may be able to keep some of its enrichment capabilities. "We need to dismantle Iran's ability to manufacture and launch nuclear weapons," Netayahu said during his weekly cabinet meeting. "This has yet to be achieved, and without the persistence of the world powers it will not be achieved... I hope that the powers will be firm in the demand to prevent Iran from... [Lire la suite]
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23 février 2014

Head of US team to Iran talks to brief Israeli leaders

The U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman was slated to brief Israeli leaders on Sunday about the latest round of talks between Iran and six world powers. Sherman was scheduled to meet with the minister for intelligence affairs Yuval Steinitz and national security adviser Yossi Cohen. Sherman, who heads the American negotiating team to the nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers, arrived in Jerusalem over the weekend following three days of talks in Vienna with Iranian negotiators. In a briefing to... [Lire la suite]
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22 février 2014

Germany's Merkel to back Kerry peace efforts during Israel visit

Kerry, who held talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Paris on Thursday, is trying to nudge both sides at least to agree on a framework deal by the end of April although months of negotiations have made little visible progress. Kerry says he is still seeking an overall accord to end the decades-old conflict, whose main issues include borders, security, the fate of Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem. "We need a stable two-state solution as soon as possible, with a Jewish state of Israel as well as a state for... [Lire la suite]
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21 février 2014

PLO official: Palestinians could recognize Israel as 'Jewish state'

The Palestinian leadership could recognize Israel as a Jewish state if it is done in a way that doesn't embarrass PA President Mahmoud Abbas or weakens any possible peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians, a PLO official told Ma'an on Friday.PLO Central Committee member Nabil Amro said a recognition in some form is possible, but would need to be approved by a referendum. While claiming that Israel's current demand for the Palestinians to recognize it as a Jewish state is "unacceptable," Amro failed to specify what would be an... [Lire la suite]
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21 février 2014

Minister Gideon Sa'ar: Jordan Valley will prosper for ages under Israeli sovereignty

About 3,000 people, including Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar and Coalition Chairman Knesset Member Yariv Levin, took part Friday morning in a protest march in the Jordan Valley. Minister Sa'ar declared to the participants of the march: "We are here with a simple and clear message – the Jordan Valley is Israeli." The march was initiated by the chairs of the Lobby of the Eretz-Israel Front in the Knesset. Against the backdrop of the possibility of having the entire region included in a future political agreement with the Palestinians,... [Lire la suite]
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20 février 2014

In interview to Israeli television, Kerry says he remains optimistic about reaching a peace deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that he is "not in the business of making bad deals," and stressed that he remains "committed" and "determined" to reaching a peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians. "I have no argument with anyone in Israel who says that no deal is better than a bad deal. I say that myself," he said in an interview with Channel 2's investigative program Uvda. "I'm not in the business of trying to put together a bad deal. I am working with both sides on security arrangements." "You cannot turn to... [Lire la suite]
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20 février 2014

Obama to Erdogan: Resolve crisis with Israel

US President Barack Obama spoke on the phone with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday night and asked him to accelerate the talks with Israel and complete the normalization of relations, after ties between the countries suffered a significant blow following the Mavi Marmara incident in May 2010. A statement released by the White House regarding the two leaders' conversation noted that the two spoke of "the importance of quickly concluding (Turkey's) normalization agreement with Israel." The White House statement did... [Lire la suite]
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