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Israel resumes settlement building in West Bank

Israel approved more than 1,300 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday in the first such go-ahead since it suspended annexation plans in the territory. The decision drew an angry response from Palestinians, who seek to establish a state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. …

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US launches airstrike in Hemland against Taliban

The United States launched air strikes against Taliban fighters in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, U.S. officials said on Monday, after a large-scale offensive saw insurgents take over military bases in the region and close in on a key provincial capital. The strikes, carried out over the last two days, mark …

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Netanyahu forced into unity government with opposition

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz launched negotiations on Monday over a proposed Israeli unity government and a key politician said the focus was on who would lead it first under a rotation deal. After failing to secure a clear victory in the second election in six …

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Netanyahu’s Not-Quite-2-State Solution

Updated 8 a.m. ET Monday President Trump’s administration has begun pressing Israel to embrace the idea of a Palestinian state. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is insisting on something less. Netanyahu spoke with NPR after Trump spoke in favor of a two-state solution while visiting the United Nations last week. …

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Washington Adopts Israel’s Positions: The Refugee Chapter

By Yousef Munayyer*   Since the early days of his administration, President Donald Trump has led US policy toward Palestine/Israel on a steady lurch, from overwhelming support of Israel to full adoption of its positions. Instead of a thoughtful strategy, he seems to pursue a tactical approach to force the Palestinians …

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Things to Know About Israel’s Alleged Top-Secret Nuclear Program

During an internationally-televised speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of lying about its nuclear program after signing the 2015 deal – his remarks have prompted speculations over Tel Aviv’s alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction. Israel is widely suspected of possessing weapons of mass destruction, supposedly developed in 1948-1949, with an …

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President Abbas at the Helm again: A Way Forward for Palestinians

by Munshi Zubaer Haque, Intern, Beirut Center for Middle East Studies President of Palestinian Authority (PA) and Chairman of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Mahmoud Abbas has been re-elected as head or chairman of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), a move that clearly seems to be a further consolidation of his authority …

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Lebanon’s Hariri posts selfie with Saudi’s crown prince and Moroccan king

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri posted on Twitter a selfie with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Mohammed VI of Morocco. “No comment,” said Mr Hariri’s tweet that showed the three men smiling and sitting side-by-side as Prince Mohammed casually rested his hand on the Moroccan king’s shoulder. …

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Photo exhibit tries to show reality of Palestine, while offering hope through younger eyes

The images reflect desperation and hope. They offer commentary, symbolism and dreams of life without walls. They depict refugee camps, demolition orders and children’s games in wartime. The speak of loss, grief, burden and loneliness. St. John’s Lutheran Church is home through March 26 for “Palestine: Unlimited,” a photography exhibit …

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Trump reportedly denies US Embassy move to Jerusalem in year despite Netanyahu’s earlier assessment

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said his “solid assessment” is that the American Embassy will be moved to Jerusalem in the coming year, but President Trump said otherwise later in the day. “By the end of the year?” Trump told Reuters in an exclusive interview. “We’re talking about different scenarios. …

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