Sweden recognizes Palestinian state, hopes peace process will restart

Oct 31, 2014

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state, hopes peace process will restart

The Swedish government officially recognized the state of Palestine on Thursday and said there were signs European Union states would follow its lead. The move drew praise from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and criticism from Israel, and has displeased the United States, Israel’s principle ...

Sake brewer aims to build on Fukui's bonds with Israel

Oct 30, 2014

Sake brewer aims to build on Fukui's bonds with Israel

A sake brewery in Fukui Prefecture is looking to bring the taste of rice wine to Israel to strengthen relations with a prefecture that has strong historical links to the Jewish nation, links that date back to the 1940s. Jewish refugees passed through Fukui ...

Oct 30, 2014

U.N. holds emergency meeting on Israel tensions

A U.N. official warned in an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday that Israel’s plans for further settlements in east Jerusalem threaten the viability of the future Palestinian state. Close ally the United States also warned against Israel’s plans. The council was ...

Oct 20, 2014

Israeli hospital treats Hamas leader's daughter

An Israeli hospital says it has treated the daughter of Hamas’ top leader in the Gaza Strip, weeks after a brutal war between Israel and the Islamic militant group. Avi Shushan, a spokesman for Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital, said the daughter of Ismail Haniyeh ...

Oct 16, 2014

Iran tips hand about structure of secret services

Iran drew back the veil — if slightly — over its intelligence services on Wednesday, with its top nuclear security official crediting them for helping protect the Islamic Republic’s atomic program from attempts at sabotage. In a first, Iran provided public information about the ...

Oct 13, 2014

U.S. promises $212 million in new Gaza aid, urges peace talks

The United States on Sunday promised $212 million in immediate assistance to the devastated Gaza Strip, while also urging Palestinians and Israelis to resume peace talks. People in Gaza, which borders Israel and Egypt, “need our help desperately — not tomorrow, not next week, ...