Harsh Deshpande

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Israel PM Netanyahu curbs contacts with Palestinians

<b>Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told his ministers to stop high-level meetings with their Palestinian counterparts.</b><p>The order follows "Palestinians' violation of their commitments under peace talks", officials said.<p>It comes after a request by the Palestinians to join 15 UN treaties and …

Israel

A peace process that is going nowhere

ZE’EV ELKIN, Israel’s 43-year-old deputy foreign minister, who emigrated from eastern Ukraine in 1990, chuckles about the rise of “Russians” into his …

Israel

Israel budgets $3 bn for strike on Iran - report

Israel’s 2014 military budget includes at least 10 billion shekels devoted to preparations for war with Iran, Haaretz newspaper reports. Top …

Israel vs Iran — RT Trends

Israel has reportedly launched air strikes at a Syrian military research facility in the Damascus countryside, local media report, claiming that the …

South Asia

UN accepts Palestinian treaty applications

The United Nations has accepted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' request to join several UN agencies.<p>UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accepted the applications to join 13 international conventions, and informed all 193 member states they were made in "in due and proper form."<p>UN spokesman …

Israel imposes tax sanction on Palestinian Authority

<b>Israel has imposed sanctions against the Palestinian Authority (PA) in retaliation for its signing up to join international treaties, officials say.</b><p>They say taxes collected on behalf of the PA will be frozen, with limited access to bank deposits in Israel.<p>Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat …

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Middle East: does either side have the will to strive for peace?

The US diplomatic push has turned into mission impossible as Netanyahu's determination to hang on to power at all cost, combined with serious splits in the Palestinian camp, threaten to wreck the peace process by the end of the month<p>A year before his appointment by President Barack Obama as special …