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<b>Jerusalem is not a city of war. Avner Goren is stubborn on this point.</b><p>We are on foot, walking under a cloudless morning sky in the Levant, following a river of raw sewage that foams in torrents from East Jerusalem—12 million gallons a day, Goren informs me—a foul discharge that runs for 23 miles …

Palestinians halt security cooperation with Israel after minister's death

A senior Palestinian Authority official died Wednesday after a confrontation with Israeli troops, prompting President Mahmoud Abbas to halt security coordination with Israel, according to Palestinian officials.<p>Ziyad Abu Ein died after clashes with Israeli soldiers midday Wednesday in the …

Leave or let live? Arabs move in to Jewish settlements

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Little noticed amid the furor over one of Israel’s most contentious policies, a small but growing number of Arabs are moving into Jewish settlements on occupied land in East Jerusalem, drawn by cheaper rent and better services.<p>For decades, Israel has encouraged Jews to settle …

Israeli jets 'strike near Damascus' - Syrian army

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1129000/1129936_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518161580_7d99d62c6ec345c3960c88b161fda7e9<p><b>The Syrian military has accused Israel of carrying out two air strikes on Syria, near the capital Damascus.</b><p>Israeli planes bombed the area near …

Middle East

Benjamin Netanyahu Plays Nice On Iran, Arabs In Washington Speech

WASHINGTON -- Wondering who to thank for international progress on reining in Iran's nuclear program? It's Israel, hardly Iran's best friend, that is playing the key role in negotiations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.<p>Netanyahu, who has had difficult relations with the Obama …

Israel orders more probes of suspected crimes by its forces in Gaza

Israel has ordered criminal investigations of eight incidents of suspected violations of international law or military commands during the Gaza war this summer, Israel's military announced.<p>Israel's military advocate general, Maj. Gen. Dan Efroni, announced the decision as part of the army's …

U.S. Relations With Israel Remain in Frozen Embrace Until Elections

The rule of thumb in Israeli politics has it that the moment new elections are called, affairs of state go into the deep freeze, not to thaw until a …

Hamas blesses the stabbing in Jerusalem

Hamas praised the stabbing in Jerusalem of a 32-year-old man near the Old City on Sunday evening, and considers it "a natural response to the crimes …

In Jerusalem, Recent Violence Is Measured by a Long History

<i>By Charles M. Sennott</i><p>JERUSALEM -- The Tuesday attacks on ultra-Orthodox worshipers, which claimed the life of five people including Moshe Twerksy, the descendant of towering Jewish rabbis and philosophers, came after rising tensions between Israelis and Palestinians and marked the worst day of …

Israel boosts security in wake of stabbings by Palestinians