International News

BY JTA
May 1, 2014

Silvio Berlusconi, the former prime minister of Italy, reiterated his claim to be a friend of the Jewish people and Israel and said it was “surreal” to call him anti-German. His assertions, made in a statement posted Monday on the website of his Forza Italia party, came in the wake of international outrage over remarks CONTINUE »

BY JNS.org
May 1, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that if he “could rewind the tape,” he “would have chosen a different word” than apartheid to describe his views on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Daily Beast had obtained a recording of Kerry saying that Israel risks becoming an “apartheid state” in CONTINUE »

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With overtures to Hamas, Fatah weighs political future
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
May 1, 2014

Now that Fatah and Hamas have agreed to form a Palestinian unity government, opinions are mixed on what this means for Israel, for the Palestinians and for the future of the peace process. Israel suspended peace negotiations a day after the April 23 announcement that the rival factions agreed to bridge their differences. It calls CONTINUE »

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Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid says settlement freeze preferable to prisoner release
BY By Ben Sales/JTA
April 24, 2014

TEL AVIV — Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said he supports freezing settlement growth to help jumpstart peace negotiations and vowed that his centrist Yesh Atid party would leave Israel’s governing coalition if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were responsible for the collapse of the peace process. In an interview this week, his first with an CONTINUE »

BY JNS.org
April 10, 2014

The Haifa District prosecution has indicted Mohammed Abed, a 42-year-old attorney from the village of Baana near the northern Israeli city of Acre, for a series of security offenses concerning his contacts with senior Hamas operatives. A gag order placed on the case was partially lifted Monday, revealing that Abed was arrested Feb. 24 in CONTINUE »