Israel encouraging more Christians to join military service


JERUSALEM - Israel said on Tuesday it was stepping up efforts to encourage military enlistment by Christian Arab citizens, a community long closer to the larger Muslim minority in identifying with the Palestinians.

Israel must take on Palestinian governance if talks fail - Abbas 22 Apr 2014

RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas told a group of Israeli journalists on Tuesday that if peace talks do not continue, Israel will have to take on the burden of governing Palestinian lands.


U.S. Supreme Court to review Jerusalem birthplace law 21 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to weigh the constitutionality of a law that was designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem - the historic holy city claimed by Israelis and Palestinians - to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports.


Gaza rockets hit south Israel, army strikes back - officials 21 Apr 2014

GAZA - Seven rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel during the Jewish Passover holiday on Monday, drawing retaliatory air strikes from the Israeli army, officials said, the first cross-border clash in several weeks.

Top Palestinian cleric says Israel threw stun grenades into al Aqsa; Israel denies 20 Apr 2014

JERUSALEM - The most senior Islamic cleric in Jerusalem said on Sunday Israeli police hurled stun grenades into al-Aqsa mosque, Islam's third holiest site, to quell the latest in a string of Palestinian protests at the politically sensitive holy site.

U.N. peace envoy criticizes Israeli Easter security in Jerusalem 19 Apr 2014

JERUSALEM - Israeli police refused to let the U.N.'s peace envoy to the Middle East, other diplomats and a crowd of Palestinians pass through a barricade to attend a pre-Easter ritual in the Jerusalem church that Christians revere as the burial site of Jesus, the U.N. official said on Saturday.


Israeli, Palestinian negotiators seek to rescue troubled talks 17 Apr 2014

JERUSALEM - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met on Thursday in Jerusalem to seek a way to prevent troubled peace talks from collapsing ahead of an April 29 deadline.


Palestinians, Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site 16 Apr 2014

JERUSALEM - Israeli riot police entered one of Jerusalem's most revered and politically sensitive religious compounds on Wednesday to disperse rock-throwing Palestinians opposed to any Jewish attempts to pray there.

Meeting of Israeli, Palestinian peace negotiators postponed 16 Apr 2014

JERUSALEM - A meeting between Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed after the killing of an Israeli in a shooting attack in the occupied West Bank.


Israeli, Palestinian negotiators to meet Wednesday, U.S. says 15 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet on Wednesday to try to extend peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.