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Israel ex-spy chief urges caution on Iran strike

By Daniel Estrin / AP JERUSALEM: The recently retired head of the Mossad intelligence agency has said Israel must consider alternatives to a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, but another expert said Friday an Israeli attack could come within months. Ex-Mossad director Meir Dagan pointed to a need for caution after Israel’s prime minister hinted …

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Holy Land tours a new tool in peacebuilding

By Aziz Abu Sarah and Talia Salem JERUSALEM: Shira Nesher, an Israeli, stands alongside Fakhira Halloun, a Palestinian, as Nesher tells her story about life in a conflict zone to a group of American university students who are hanging onto her every word. “My family members are Holocaust survivors, and as an Israeli I grew up …

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No Israeli decision on Iran attack, Netanyahu tells Obama

By Jeffrey Heller and Matt Spetalnick / Reuters WASHINGTON: Benjamin Netanyahu assured President Barack Obama on Monday that Israel has not made any decision on attacking Iran’s nuclear sites, sources close to the talks said, but the Israeli prime minister gave no sign of backing away from possible military action. With Obama appealing for more time …

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Seeking a new horizon for Palestinian prisoners

By Shawqi Issa The thorny issue of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails has numerous angles. First, it is a humanitarian cause. Many of the prisoners have spent decades, some more than 30 years in jail, with all the resulting social and economic ramifications for Palestinian society as a whole. Additionally, Palestinian leaders bear the moral …

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Obama, Netanyahu set to confront divisions over Iran

By Matt Spetalnick and Jeffrey Heller / Reuters WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM: Just days before what could be the most consequential meeting of US and Israeli leaders in years, aides to President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are scrambling to bridge stark differences over what Washington fears could be an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear sites. Further …

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Israel legalizes unsanctioned settler enclave

By Karin Laub / AP SHVUT RACHEL: Israel has legalized one of the oldest and largest of the unsanctioned settler enclaves dotting the West Bank, a step denounced by the Palestinians and Israeli activists as a show of bad faith ahead of talks next week between the Israeli leader and President Barack Obama. The dispute over …

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With unrest in Egypt, Israel faces blackouts

By Ari Rabinovitch / Reuters TEL AVIV: Israel may be facing a summer of power outages as the country scrambles to replace gas supplies lost because of sabotage attacks on a pipeline in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula. The pipeline that feeds gas to Israel, an easy target for anti-Israel Islamists, was one of the first victims of …

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Do fence me in: Israel closing Sinai loopholes

By Douglas Hamilton / Reuters SINAI BORDER, Israel: It may be only a “dumb” fence, but it’s a big one. Israel hopes it will protect the remote Sinai border from infiltration by enemies exploiting the wandering ways of Bedouin tribes and a perceived surge in lawlessness following Egypt’s political upheavals. When it is finished in 2013, …

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Israel kills armed infiltrator from Sinai

By AFP JERUSALEM: Israeli forces engaged in a firefight overnight with gunmen who infiltrated from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, killing one, the Israeli military said on Tuesday. “Soldiers patrolling along the Israel-Egypt border identified a number of suspects who had infiltrated into Israel,” the military said in a statement. “The suspects fired at the soldiers, who …

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Between two hells

By Issa Samandar One can’t help but be astonished by the behavior of the United States and European governments over the vast changes occurring in Arab countries, especially their reactions towards the killing spree in Syria. They have been swift — their politicians rarely vague — in their condemnations of the Syrian regime and calls for …

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Abbas’, Netanyahu’s options: Rapidly dwindling avenues to peace

By Ghassan Khatib The regional and international environments appear increasingly less conducive to a peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, especially in the short term. The United States is preparing for coming presidential and congressional elections, and the Arab world is increasingly involved in internal revolutions that are naturally emphasizing local agendas. These factors are limiting …

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The life of a heart: Muslims and Jews saving lives together

By Mehnaz M. Afridi NEW YORK, New York: As I listen to sound bites of news, a swarm of words sting me: Iran, Israel, nuclear, Palestine-Israel at a standstill, Muslims kill Jews, and Jews kill Muslims. As a Muslim woman who teaches classes about the Holocaust at a Catholic college, I am constantly frustrated by the …

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Israeli religious party denies coalition crisis

By Amy Teibel / AP JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s top religious partner said Wednesday that Israel’s ruling coalition would not be shaken by the Supreme Court’s annulment of a contentious law allowing ultra-Orthodox Jewish men to avoid military service. The military exemptions are resented by Israel’s secular majority and have been a major source of …

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Egypt could crush uprising ‘like Iran’: Netanyahu

By AFP JERUSALEM: Egypt could ruthlessly suppress the uprising against President Hosni Mubarak like Iran crushed mass protests after a disputed June 2009 election, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned. “There could be liberal and democratic reforms in Egypt. The second possibility is that Islamists take advantage of the turmoil to seize control of the …

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Egypt vice president had good ties with Israel: cable

By AFP LONDON: Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman had good ties with Israel’s military and the Jewish state would have been happy to see him lead the country, US diplomatic cables seen by the Telegraph newspaper said Monday. In a 2008 US diplomatic memo, leaked to the British newspaper by WikiLeaks, David Hacham, an adviser …

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Israel watches Egypt uprising with fear; Netanyahu says ties with Egypt must be preserved

By Matti Friedman /AP JERUSALEM: Israel’s prime minister said Sunday that his government is “anxiously monitoring” the political unrest in Egypt, his first comment on the crisis threatening a regime that has been one of Israel’s key allies for more than 30 years. Israeli officials have remained largely silent about the situation in Egypt, but …

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