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US sharply criticizes new Israeli housing project
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a striking public rebuke, the Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from "even its closest allies" and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians....

Palestinians: Israeli occupation must end in 2016
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Palestinians are asking the U.N. Security Council to set a deadline of November 2016 for an Israeli withdrawal from all Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 including East Jerusalem in a new push to achieve independence....

East Jerusalem construction plan moves ahead
JERUSALEM (AP) -- City officials said Wednesday that they have granted final approval for the construction of a controversial new Israeli housing development in east Jerusalem, dealing a new blow to already tattered relations with the Palestinians and raising the likelihood of a fresh round of international condemnations....

Former Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat dead at 87
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat, who presided over the city's transformation into a vibrant and open urban center, died Wednesday at the age of 87....

Gaza lions sent to Jordan after war damages zoo
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BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A trio of scrawny lions was brought into Israel from Gaza on Tuesday en route to a better life at a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan after their zoo was damaged in the recent Israel-Hamas war....

Iran to help Lebanon army fight extremists
BEIRUT (AP) -- Iran will supply the Lebanese army with military equipment to be used in fighting Muslim extremist groups, a visiting senior Iranian official said on Tuesday....

Abbas, Netanyahu trade accusations at the UN
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked each other in speeches before world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly. Here is look at some of their remarks:...

Israel's shadowy Mossad looks to recruit online
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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- It used to be that if you wanted to join one of the world's most secretive espionage organizations you had to sneak into a foreign embassy, answer a cryptic newspaper ad or show up in a nondescript building in Tel Aviv to meet a shadowy recruiter. Now all it takes to apply for a job at Israel's Mossad spy agency is a click of the mouse....

Gaza war deals blow to Israel's tourism industry
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- It was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel. But all that changed when the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas prompted jittery travelers to cancel trips en masse, leaving empty hotel rooms and barren tourist sites in their wake....

California protesters block Israeli-owned ship
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Officials say a group of pro-Palestinian protesters are again blocking an Israeli-owned ship from unloading its cargo at a port in California....