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

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.


Israel says close to forging new ties across Arab world 14 Apr 2014

JERUSALEM - Israel is holding secret talks with some Arab states that do not recognise it, looking to establish diplomatic ties based on a common fear of Iran, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday.


Israel says Kerry remarks on Iran nuclear threshold 'not acceptable' 14 Apr 2014

JERUSALEM - Israel described as "unacceptable" on Monday remarks by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggesting cautious openness to negotiating a nuclear deal that would keep Iran six to 12 months away from bomb-making capability.

Nuclear export group debates ties with Israel - document 14 Apr 2014

VIENNA - The United States and three European allies want a global body controlling nuclear exports to consider whether to establish closer ties with non-members including Israel, despite its assumed atomic arsenal, a confidential document showed.


Israeli gas holds promise of better ties with neighbours 14 Apr 2014

MILAN/LONDON - Israel's drive to export its new-found natural gas could help to rebuild strained ties with old regional allies Egypt and Turkey, but could deprive Europe of a precious alternative to Russian gas.