Of $5.4 billion pledged for Gaza, only a fraction delivered


GAZA - Two months after donors pledged $5.4 billion to help rebuild Gaza after the war between Israel and Hamas, Palestinian, U.N. and other officials say barely 2 percent of the money has been transferred.

Israel raps Palestinian U.N. draft as "gimmick"

JERUSALEM - Israel's foreign minister on Thursday described as a gimmick a Palestinian-proposed U.N. Security Council draft resolution that calls for a peace deal within a year and an end to the occupation of Palestinian territories by the end of 2017.

World, 18 Dec 2014

Palestinian U.N. draft calls for Israel occupation end by 2017

UNITED NATIONS - Jordan formally submitted to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday a draft resolution calling for peace between Israel and the Palestinians within one year and an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories by the end of 2017.

World, 18 Dec 2014

Hamas' deputy chief says it has patched up ties with Iran

GAZA - Hamas and Iran have repaired a close political and military relationship frayed by the Syrian civil war, the Palestinian Islamist group's deputy leader said on Wednesday.

World, Syria, 17 Dec 2014

Israel's Arrow 3 missile shield fails interception test - sources

JERUSALEM - Israel's upgraded Arrow ballistic missile shield failed its first live interception test on Tuesday, security sources said, a fresh setback for the U.S.-supported system billed as a bulwark against Iran.

World, 16 Dec 2014

Israeli troops kill Palestinian during West Bank clash

RAMALLAH, West Bank - Israeli soldiers on Tuesday shot and killed a Palestinian during an arrest raid in a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, the military and Palestinian witnesses said.

World, 16 Dec 2014

Israel seeks U.S. block of Palestinian statehood drive

ROME - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday sought assurances from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Washington would block efforts by Palestinians and Europeans on Palestinian statehood.

Top News, World, 16 Dec 2014

Palestinian U.N. statehood bid at heart of Kerry-Netanyahu talks

ROME - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before talks on Monday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that he would defy any United Nations move to "dictate" a time frame for withdrawal from land Palestinians seek for a state.

World, 15 Dec 2014

Three Israelis charged with torching Jerusalem Arab-Jewish school

JERUSALEM - Three Israelis from a far-right group were charged on Monday with setting fire to a classroom in an Arab-Jewish school that has been a symbol of co-existence in Jerusalem. | Video

World, 15 Dec 2014

Washington undecided on U.N. resolution for Palestinian state

JERUSALEM/ROME - Israel said it hoped the United States would veto any moves at the United Nations to set a time frame for its withdrawal from territory Palestinians seek for a state, but a senior U.S. official said it was too early to say.

World, 15 Dec 2014