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Ireland Postpones Bill Banning Israeli Settlement Goods

TEL AVIV – The Irish Senate on Tuesday postponed voting on a bill that would criminalize trade with Israeli settlements, following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s condemnation of the proposed legislation.

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Iraq Says it Wants World’s Help to Build Nuclear Reactor

NEW YORK — Iraq’s foreign minister asked nuclear countries for help building a nuclear reactor Saturday, over 35 years after Israeli jets destroyed the country’s first attempt to build a nuclear program.

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Mideast Quartet Envoys Meet in Jerusalem

Envoys from the US, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations — the so-called Middle East Quartet — met in Jerusalem on Thursday for the first time since the election of US President Donald Trump.

Real estate attorney and Donald Trump's Israeli advisor Jason Greenblatt attends the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala at the Marriott Marquis on Thursday, May 5, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Saudi Journalist: Palestinians Need to Stop Blaming Everyone and Make Peace with Israelis

TEL AVIV – A leading Arabic newspaper this week published a damning column by a Saudi journalist claiming that Palestinians have missed too many opportunities for peace with Israelis and have always pointed fingers – long before settlements existed, and further adding that it was time for Hamas to end its violence against Israel as well as to end their futile dream of a “Palestine from the river to the sea.”

Gaza Hamas leader Ismail Haniya releases a dove during a rally of Hamas supporters to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Islamist movements creation and to ask for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip on December 12, 2014 in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.

Egyptian Government Favors Trump, Fears Clinton Will Support Muslim Brotherhood

TEL AVIV – Egypt favors Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the race to become the next president, fearing that a Democratic victory will be a “catastrophe” for the region as it will “arouse” the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic State, an examination of the government press shows.

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Russia Blames US for Near-Collision of Planes over Syria–AP

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian military spokesman is blaming the United States for a near-collision of the countries’ warplanes in Syrian airspace. Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement Saturday that the Oct. 17 incident involved a Sukhoi-35, Russia’s most

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Turkey Ratchets Up Syria Offensive, Says Warplanes Hit Kurdish Militia

KARKAMIS, Turkey – Rebels supported by Turkey fought Kurdish-backed forces in north Syria on Saturday, as Ankara ratcheted up its cross-border offensive by saying it had launched air strikes against both Kurdish forces and ISIS. Turkey’s government, which is fighting

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Obama’s $400 Million Cash Payment to Iran May Be Unprecedented

A $400 million cash delivery to Iran to repay a decades-old arbitration claim may be unprecedented in recent U.S. history, according to legal experts and diplomatic historians, raising further questions about a payment timed to help free four American prisoners in Iran.

US President Barack Obama pauses during a press conference on the nuclear deal with Iran on July 15, 2015 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. US President Barack Obama said Wednesday that Israel was right to be concerned about Iran's behavior, but insisted a nuclear-armed …

Iran Denies It Delivered Missiles to Yemen Rebels

Iran on Friday denied US accusations it has delivered missiles to Yemeni rebels, retorting it was US support for a Saudi-led coalition backing the government that had prolonged the conflict.

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Russia to Work With US on Response to Syria Gas Attacks Report

Russia said on Thursday it is prepared to work with the United States at the United Nations on how to respond to a report that blamed Syrian government forces for two chlorine gas attacks and ISIS militants for using sulfur mustard gas.

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Libyan Unity Government Struggles to Impose Itself on Islamic State, Rebels

Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) – the much-touted “unity” government supported by the United Nations – is slowly taking control of government agencies. On Monday, the GNA took over the office of foreign affairs. Additionally, “transport, social affairs, environment, and youth and sports ministries have likewise been transferred to the new government.”

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Egypt Summons U.S. Ambassador Over MB Visit

Egypt asked the U.S. ambassador in Cairo to account for the Obama administration’s allowing Muslim Brotherhood officials to visit Washington for a private conference this week sponsored by the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID).

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Reality Check for Women in Combat

In 2013, the Obama Administration announced the President’s intent to repeal regulations exempting military women from direct ground combat units such as the infantry. The Marine Corps dutifully began a multi-phased research program to determine whether women could meet male physical standards. Two and a half years later, reality is setting in.

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