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Thursday, December 05, 2013
Secretary of State Kerry had separate meetings with Israeli and Palestinians leaders Thursday. Much of his discussion with Prime Minister Netanyahu focused on Iran and its nuclear program. But there was also discussion of some U.S. proposals on the security aspect of an eventual peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Some in the Israeli government are highly critical of those proposals.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
After weeks of living with just six hours of electricity a day, residents of the Gaza Strip hope promises of help from Israel and Qatar will materialize quickly. Even if the lights go back on, anger against the broken Palestinian leadership may be hard to extinguish.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
The UN agency that supplies the basic needs for Palestinian refugees may not be able to meet December payroll for 30,000 teachers, doctors and social workers across the Mideast. The agency serves an ever-increasing number of refugees, the descendants of the Palestinians uprooted in 1948.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The country began pumping natural gas from its first major offshore field earlier this year. There are also hopes that Israel may have significant oil reserves, though there are hurdles, both technical and political.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been an outspoken critic of the interim nuclear deal with Iran. Top Israeli security officials will arrive in Washington as early as next week to confer with administration officials on the prospects of a permanent agreement.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program a "historic mistake."
Friday, November 08, 2013
A report from Swiss medical investigators found substantial evidence to back the theory that Yasser Arafat died as a result of poisoning by polonium, a radio-active element. Arafat died in 2004. The poisoning theory has been around for a number of years, and many Palestinians take it as a given that Israel assassinated their leader. A Russian report says the evidence is not there that Arafat was poisoned. So with more mixed news, how are Palestinians taking the news?
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry spends Wednesday with Israeli and Palestinian leaders just after the peace negotiations he set in motion hit their lowest point yet. The announcement of more Israeli settlements led the Palestinian team to nearly quit over the weekend, while settlers applauded the move. Kerry plans to speak very little while here, keeping in line with his mum's-the-word approach even as speculation of a backdoor U.S. plan rages in Israeli media.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
NPR's Jerusalem correspondent Emily Harris is asking for your story suggestions on covering Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Expectations are low for the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which Secretary of State John Kerry arm-twisted the reluctant sides into this summer. Yet there are some small steps taking place. On Wednesday morning, Palestinians were celebrating the release of prisoners from Israeli jails.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry says Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have met 13 times — that's a hair over once a week if you count from August 13, the first day they sat down together in this part of the world since Kerry announced the restart of talks. What true progress has been made is difficult to judge, but some things are clear. Settlements are a continuing sore point for Palestinians. The Jordan Valley will be fought over for both its economic and security value. Some Israeli lawmakers are trying to tie the government's hands, while others have gone to Ramallah to show support. And nobody knows what to do about Hamas.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The religious women challenged the gender norms just by running, but male candidates captured all the seats in the small ultra-Orthodox town.
Sunday, September 08, 2013
Not all the victims of the chemical attack in Syria on Aug. 21 were Syrian. The al-Hurani family in the West Bank city of Jenin counts 11 members of its extended clan among the dead.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
President Obama's decision to delay military action against Syria caused consternation among Israeli officials, but also sparked an impassioned debate over whether a negotiated settlement could be had, and what's really best for Israel. All, of course, under the cloud of Iran. For ordinary people, Obama's decision slowed the rush on gas masks as people believe now they can have a quiet New Year holiday — and think about war again next week.
Sunday, September 01, 2013
After nearly 30 years, the program that brought thousands of Jews from Ethiopia to Israel has come to an end.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Spas and beauty products have long touted the health benefits of floating in the buoyant Dead Sea waters and slathering its thick black mud on your skin. Now an Israeli company is promoting Dead Sea salt as a healthful gourmet product, in part because of its high mineral content.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Regardless of what you call them — kibbeh, kubbe, kobeba — bulgur-and-wheat dumplings are a beloved staple across the Levant. And as with hummus, there are local varieties from Iraq to Egypt. In Jerusalem, kids at a cooking camp learn to make the lemony kubbeh hamusta from Kurdistan.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Israel shares a border with Syria and the two countries have been locked in a state of war for decades. Still, the Israeli view of U.S. military action against Syria is complicated and centered largely on another regional player: Iran.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Ruth Calderon's first speech in parliament led some to call her the leader of a Jewish renaissance. But others view her as a real threat — to Judaism itself.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Rawabi, a privately developed Palestinian community, sits in the West Bank. The first residents are due to move in later this year, but its developer is worried about water. To get a pipe laid, Rawabi needs Israeli permission. Israel has cooperated, but the Palestinian developer says the cooperation has been "very slow and always incomplete."