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Israel treads carefully with claim to Golan
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sparked a new diplomatic brushfire by declaring that the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war, is and should remain "under Israel's sovereignty permanently."...

Israelis, Palestinians differ on shooting after teens killed
QATANA, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian siblings gunned down at a West Bank checkpoint after approaching Israeli troops - with knives, according to Israel - were needlessly killed and could have been subdued without deadly force, their parents, witnesses and an Israeli lawmaker said Thursday....

Israel rejects French peace effort proposal
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has rejected a French initiative aimed at restarting peace efforts with the Palestinians, saying direct negotiations are the best way to reach a final agreement between the sides....

Israel tells Jordan it is acting responsibly at major shrine
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan has urged Israel to keep Israeli "settlers" from a Muslim-run shrine that also ranks as Judaism's holiest site....

Jewish women pray at Jerusalem holy site, angering rabbi
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A liberal women's group held a special Passover prayer service on Sunday at a Jerusalem holy site, drawing criticism from the site's ultra-Orthodox rabbi, who called it a "provocation."...

Israel says Istanbul bomber did not target Israelis
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's counterterrorism bureau says the suicide bomber who killed three Israeli tourists in Istanbul last month did not specifically target Israelis but was taking aim at tourism in Turkey in general....

French minister says Paris meeting for Mideast peace needed
PARIS (AP) -- The French foreign minister has confirmed that Paris will host an international meeting on May 30 to try to restart peace efforts between Palestinians and Israel - even though both sides will be absent....

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