Obama pushes Israel to deliver Mideast peace pact

Mar 4, 2014

Obama pushes Israel to deliver Mideast peace pact

President Barack Obama pressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday to make the “tough decisions” needed to move forward on talks with the Palestinians, as he sought to salvage an elusive Middle East peace plan. But facing a U.S.-imposed April deadline, the Israeli leader ...

Ultra-Orthodox Jews rally against Israeli draft bill

Mar 3, 2014

Ultra-Orthodox Jews rally against Israeli draft bill

More than 300,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews took to Jerusalem’s streets for a mass prayer vigil Sunday in protest at plans to conscript their young men for Israeli military or civilian service. Wearing white shirts under dark suits and black hats, a sea of ultra-Orthodox men ...

U.S. killer shot dead by Israeli forces in prison gunbattle

Feb 24, 2014

U.S. killer shot dead by Israeli forces in prison gunbattle

Israeli special forces raided a prison in central Israel Sunday after an inmate stole a gun, shot several guards and barricaded himself inside the compound, killing the notorious prisoner who was serving time for a gruesome murder carried out in the U.S. Police identified ...

Feb 14, 2014

Hamas bans U.N. book on human rights

The Gaza Strip’s Hamas authorities have blocked a U.N. refugee agency from introducing textbooks promoting human rights into local schools, saying the text ignores Palestinian cultural mores and focuses too heavily on “peaceful” means of conflict resolution. Motesem al-Minawi, spokesman for the Hamas-run Education ...