Eyeing deadline, France to back Palestinian state if peace talks fail


PARIS - France warned on Friday it would recognise a Palestinian state if a final international effort to overcome the impasse between Israelis and Palestinians failed, and proposed a two-year timeframe to end the conflict through a U.N.-backed resolution.

Jewish-nation bill frays Israel's delicate social fabric

KAFR QASSEM, Israel - Israel is poised to pass one of the most divisive laws in its 66-year history, a bill that would declare it the homeland of the Jewish people only -- and further alienate its Arab minority.

World, 25 Nov 2014

Israel charges cop with manslaughter in Palestinian youth's death

JERUSALEM - Israel charged a policeman on Sunday in the fatal shooting of a teenage Palestinian protester, accusing him of deliberately switching his rubber bullets for the live round that killed the youth.

World, 24 Nov 2014

Merkel against unilaterally recognising Palestine as a state

BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday rejected the idea of Germany recognising Palestine as a state unilaterally, saying the Palestinians and Israel could solve their long-running conflict only through negotiations.

World, 21 Nov 2014

Israel rejects EU states' appeal over razing militant homes

JERUSALEM - Israel has rejected an appeal by the five biggest members of the European Union not to raze the homes of Palestinians who carried out lethal attacks in Jerusalem, saying on Friday that the tactic was designed to deter further violence.

World, 21 Nov 2014

Israel says Hamas planned to assassinate Lieberman in West Bank

JERUSALEM - Israel has arrested four Palestinians suspected of planning to kill Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman with an anti-tank rocket while he drove to his Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, Israeli officials say.

World, 21 Nov 2014

Powerful U.S. pro-Israel lobby holds fire as Iran deadline looms

WASHINGTON - As the United States and other powers negotiate down to the wire on a nuclear deal with Iran, one voice has been unusually quiet - the main pro-Israel lobby in Washington.

World, 21 Nov 2014

Israel approves 78 new settler homes in East Jerusalem

JERUSALEM - Israel on Wednesday approved the construction of 78 new homes in two settlements on West Bank land annexed to Jerusalem, likely to aggravate Palestinian anger at a time when violence has flared, including a deadly attack on a synagogue.

World, 20 Nov 2014

Israel blows up home of Palestinian who rammed car at Jerusalem tram stop

JERUSALEM - Israel on Wednesday destroyed the home of a Palestinian who last month ran over and killed two people at a Jerusalem tram stop, a day after two militants killed four rabbis and a policeman at a synagogue in the city.

World, 19 Nov 2014

Under Modi, Israel and India forge deeper business ties

TEL AVIV - At the U.N. General Assembly in New York last September, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set aside time for a critical meeting. But it wasn't President Barack Obama he was keen to see. It was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Top News, Business 19 Nov 2014