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Jewish-Arab Violence in Jerusalem Sends Tensions Spiraling
by Felice Friedson, Linda Gradstein, AbdullahErakat on Thursday, October 23, 2014

Latest Killing of Israeli Baby Sparks Angry Response [JERUSALEM] -- Shimshon Halperin, an American citizen from Monsey, New York, is trying to find meaning in the death of his three-month-old granddaughter Chaya Zissel, killed by a Palestinian who drove his vehicle at a high speed into a crowd of people exiting the light rail at a stop in Jerusalem. She was returning from her first visit to the Western Wall with her parents. “She was a pure soul and.....

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"Vicar of Baghdad" Says Nothing Short of US Ground Troops will Halt ISIS
by Felice Friedson on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rev. Canon Andrew White (L)
Iconic clergyman pleads for international support: "They're killing us!" Nothing short of the deployment of American ground troops is going to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, according to the Reverend Canon Andrew White.  Blunt and insightful, the 50-year old British national is the vicar of Baghdad's St. Georges Church, Iraq's only Anglican church, and a player in the region's delicate balance of power for years through his various positions in the Iraqi capital. The enigmatic.....

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New Poll Shows that Three-Quarters of Israelis Oppose Palestinian State on 1967 Lines
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Palestinians say polls show lack of leadership in Israel Palestinians say that a new poll published by a right-leaning think tank shows that Israel is the barrier to a Palestinian state. The poll comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and convince the Palestinians not to seek recognition from the United Nations Security Council. The poll found that 75 percent of Israeli Jews are against the creation of a Palestinian state.....

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US-Israeli Tensions Spill Over into Israeli Politics
by Linda Gradstein on Monday, October 20, 2014

Anger in Israel Over Kerry’s Comments on Islamic State It all started when Secretary of State John Kerry explained why Israeli-Palestinian peace was more necessary than ever. He said that in every leader in the Arab world had “spontaneously” raised the issue, and then came the sentence that blamed Israel for the surge in recruitment for Islamic State (IS) and made headlines in Israel. “It was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation that they felt.....

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We’re Going to the UN
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Sunday, October 19, 2014

New US Plan Won’t Stop Palestinians Turning to the UN A PLO official says US Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to restart negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will not stop the Palestinians from seeking recognition for Palestine from the United Nations Security Council. He warned that if, as expected the US vetoes the resolution, “they will have to bear the consequences of no peace and no security.”     PLO Executive Committee Member Wasel Abu Yousef says Palestinian.....

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Letter to World Leaders Calls for International Effort to Save Mideast Christians
by Felice Friedson on Monday, October 13, 2014

ICEJ, World Jewish Congress, Oral Roberts U chiefs spearhead effort [Jerusalem] – A letter sent to 120 world leaders demanding a halt to the persecution of Middle East Christians was released in Jerusalem on Monday by its signatories, Dr. Jurgen Buhler, executive director of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem (ICEJ); Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress; and Dr. William M. Wilson, co-chairman of Empowered21 Global Council and president of Oral Roberts University. The letter marks the.....

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TML Exclusive: Mahmoud Abbas Will Visit Gaza in Coming Weeks
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Monday, October 13, 2014

Abbas arguably  back in charge of West Bank and Gaza Strip [West Bank] – A Palestinian official close to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has told The Media Line that security preparations are underway for the president to visit the Gaza Strip in the next few weeks: the first time since 2006. The visit would seem to mark the victory of his Fatah movement over the Islamist Hamas faction which has controlled Gaza since 2007. “There is a lot.....

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Hizbullah's Primary Concern is Al-Nusra, Not Israel
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Shiite group's fight against its Sunni foe in Syria The Lebanon-based Iranian proxy Hizbullah no longer has the military capabilities it used to have, but is using its military prowess to send messages first to the Al-Nusra Front, the Al-Qa'ida-spawned group now in control of the Syrian Quneitra area, and secondly to Israel, according to Mario Abou Zeid of the Carnegie Middle East Center. Although many argue the Shiite group has become battle-hardened through its participation in the.....

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PLO Ambassador: Not Looking for Clashes with Washington at UN
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Palestinians hope to see a larger role for the UN and European Union Maen Rashid Areikat has served as the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) ambassador to the United States for the past six years. He was director general of the Negotiation Affairs Department under Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ while serving as the president’s personal aide. TML:  Are the Palestinians finding resistance from the US regarding its plans to obtain a UN Security Council Resolution setting a timetable for.....

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PLO Ambassador: Not Looking for Clashes with Washington at UN
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Palestinians hope to see a larger role for the UN and European Union Maen Rashid Areikat has served as the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) ambassador to the United States for the past six years. He was director general of the Negotiation Affairs Department under Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ while serving as the president’s personal aide. TML:  Are the Palestinians finding resistance from the US regarding its plans to obtain a UN Security Council Resolution setting a timetable for.....

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