US Kurdish independence is a 'foregone conclusion'

2014-06-26 21:29

Israel told the US that Kurdish independence in northern Iraq was a "foregone conclusion" and Israeli experts predicted the Jewish state would be quick to recognise a Kurdish state, should it emerge.

Pope calls for free access to Jerusalem holy sites

2014-05-26 14:13

Pope Francis says that pilgrims must enjoy free access to holy sites in Jerusalem, after touring the main places holy to the three Abrahamic faiths.

Israelis, Palestinians accept pope's invite

2014-05-25 14:52

Pope Francis has received an acceptance from the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to visit him at the Vatican next month to discuss embattled peace efforts.

Kerry: Fate of talks lies with Israelis, Palestinians

2014-05-15 13:26

Only Palestinians and Israelis can decide whether to resume talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned.

Israel PM: Palestinians must 'abandon fantasy'

2014-03-05 10:15

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu has directly urged Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to recognise Israel as a Jewish state and to "abandon the fantasy" of flooding Israel with refugees.

Israel honours Sharon at state funeral

2014-01-13 13:19

Israel pays homage to former prime minister Ariel Sharon at the first of two funeral services to be held for a man hailed as a war hero at home but seen by many Arabs as a war criminal.

Israel president backs Obama on Syria

2013-09-02 13:01

Israel's President Shimon Peres says he supports US President Barack Obama's decision to seek Congressional approval for military action against Syria.

Israel's Peres 'hopeful' for two-states

2013-07-31 15:01

Israeli President Shimon Peres says he is "hopeful" that peace talks with Palestinians will lead to a two-state solution and bring prosperity to the Middle East.

Time running out for Mideast peace

2013-06-19 22:38

Time is running out for the Middle East peace process, which must move forward or face total failure, former British prime minister Tony Blair says.

Kerry postpones Mideast visit

2013-06-10 19:47

US Secretary of State John Kerry, who had planned to return to the region this week for talks with Israelis and Palestinians, has postponed his visit, a top official says.

Kerry in Israel for peace push

2013-05-23 12:07

US Secretary of State John Kerry has admitted there is scepticism and cynicism about his efforts to broker new talks between Israelis and Palestinians, as he made his fourth visit to Israel.

Kerry seeks 'quiet' Mideast peace plan

2013-04-08 22:17

Top US diplomat John Kerry says he was pursuing a "quiet strategy" for breaking the years-long impasse in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, warning the process could not be rushed.

Holocaust victims honoured in march

2013-04-08 18:06

Thousands of youth from Israel and other countries have marched in silence at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the former Nazi death camp, to pay homage to 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.

Peres: We trust US policy on Iran

2013-03-20 22:15

Israeli President Shimon Peres says his nation trusts the US policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

No 'grand peace plan' for Mideast: Obama

2013-03-08 10:00

President Barack Obama has told American Jewish leaders that prospects for Mideast peace are bleak, downplaying expectations of a breakthrough during his trip to Israel later this month.

Iran buying time - Netanyahu

2013-03-03 21:45

Renewed international efforts to negotiate curbs on Iran's disputed nuclear programme have backfired by giving it more time to work on building a bomb, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says.

Israel to award Obama prestigious medal

2013-02-18 21:10

Israel will award President Barack Obama the country's Presidential Medal of Distinction during his upcoming visit.

Israel warns of new Palestinian uprising

2013-01-10 20:09

Israel's president has warned that the Palestinians are liable to launch a new uprising if the Jewish state doesn't do more to try to reach a peace accord.

Peres: Abbas still partner for peace

2012-12-06 16:01

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is still a "serious partner" for peace despite his successful bid for UN non-state membership, says Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Iran accused of instigating Gaza violence

2012-11-20 10:00

Israel's President Shimon Peres has accused Iran of encouraging the Palestinians to continue rocket attacks on Israel rather than negotiating a ceasefire.

Peres hails Abbas refugee comments

2012-11-03 21:45

Israeli President Shimon Peres has saluted remarks by Mahmoud Abbas in which he appears to relinquish Palestinian refugees' right to return to their former homes.

Clinton, Israel zoom in on new Egypt

2012-07-16 22:34

Israel and the United States must think and act together to face the changes sweeping the Middle East, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said after meeting President Shimon Peres.

Jews are 'people of the Facebook'

2012-03-09 12:40

former Israeli premier and foreign minister Shimon Peres has launched his Facebook account at the company's Silicon Valley headquarters.

Obama warns over 'loose talk of war'

2012-03-04 22:38

US President Barack Obama has criticised "loose talk of war", as he pleaded for patience in resolving the nuclear stand-off with Iran.

Shabaab bashes Kenya-Israel security pact

2011-11-16 07:37

A spokesperson for the Somali militant group al-Shabaab says Kenya’s prime minister recently visited Israel to seek assistance in "destroying Muslim people and their religion".


Abbas, Peres plant olive tree

2014-06-06 22:30

The Israeli and Palestinian presidents will plant an olive tree as a symbol of peace after an unprecedented prayer meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican Gardens.

Pope gives Palestinians boost of support

2014-05-26 09:27

Pope Francis has delivered a powerful boost of support to the Palestinians during a Holy Land pilgrimage, repeatedly backing their statehood aspirations.

Mideast conflict unacceptable: Pope

2014-05-25 13:04

Pope Francis has made an unscheduled stop at Israel's towering West Bank separation wall in Bethlehem after calling for an end to the "increasingly unacceptable" Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel denies Vatican sovereignty deal

2014-05-14 20:54

Israel said it has no intention of giving the Vatican sovereignty over a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem.

Don't let peace talks collapse: Israel president

2014-01-31 10:37

Israel President Schimon Peres has launched a plea to bring the current peace talks with the Palestinians to a successful conclusion and warned against allowing them to collapse.

Israel's Peres: All options open on Iran

2013-09-30 16:52

Israeli President Peres says all options are open on Iran after a visit to the World Court.

UN chief urges for peace in Mideast

2013-08-16 19:45

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called on Israelis and Palestinians to overcome "deep scepticism" that he says risked thwarting efforts to reach a peace agreement.

Abbas: Palestinians support US peace moves

2013-06-20 09:01

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has reiterated his support for US Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to revive peace talks with Israel.

Peace talks useless: Palestine leaders

2013-06-12 10:01

Leaders of a growing Palestinian movement to boycott Israel have opposed any peace talks, even if they include a long-demanded freeze of Jewish settlements on Palestinian land.

Israel's president calls for peace talks

2013-05-26 18:53

Israel's president has called for the return to peace talks with Palestinians.

Israel remembers fallen soldiers, civilians

2013-04-14 22:12

Israel has been marking Memorial Day from sunset, remembering fallen troops and civilian deaths in terror attacks.

6 million Holocaust victims remembered

2013-04-08 19:06

Among the crowds, who marked Israel's annual Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Yad Vashem memorial, was a retired US Air Force colonel who came to honour a family he never knew.

Israel must rely on self against Iran

2013-04-08 07:44

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel cannot rely on any other country, even an ally, when it comes to facing up to the perceived nuclear threat from Iran.

Syria children could be scarred for life

2013-03-12 20:12

The war in Syria - from the destruction of infrastructure to massive population displacement - may leave an entire generation of children scarred "for life”, the UN Children's Fund has warned.

Mugabe says he's lonely

2013-03-05 14:35

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says he feels lonely at home and in government as he is now surrounded by "small people" he cannot relate to on an equal footing, according to a report.

Netanyahu gets extension on coalition

2013-03-02 22:57

Israeli President Shimon Peres has given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a two-week extension to form a new coalition government, after he failed to do so in an initial four-week period.

Israel's voting system breeds pluralism

2013-01-17 19:16

Israel's voting system reflects the many different political currents in society, but it has also been behind the repeated failure of governments to form stable coalitions.

Call for US to cut foreign aid

2013-01-07 20:42

US Senator Rand Paul has called for a gradual reduction of American foreign aid, delivering the message in an unlikely venue - since Israel is among the top recipients of US assistance.

Israel: Gaza ground attack plan on hold

2012-11-20 11:00

Senior Israeli ministers have decided to hold off from launching a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip to give Egyptian-led truce efforts a chance to work, says a senior Israeli official.

Abbas: Right to return, visit

2012-11-04 17:20

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas has denied giving up on the refugees' right of return, saying remarks about not returning to his home town, which is now in Israel, was a "personal position".

Egypt president writes to Israeli leader

2012-07-31 21:53

In 1st letter to Israeli leadership, Egypt's Islamist president hopes for regional peace

Peres: Israel 'supports' Obama on Iran

2012-06-14 10:12

Israeli President Shimon Peres has told US President Barack Obama that the Jewish state supports his effort to meet the "immediate threat" posed by Iran's nuclear programme.

Israel's Peres turns to Facebook

2012-03-06 18:54

Israeli President Shimon Peres plans to visit Facebook headquarters in what he describes as an effort to use social networking to mend divides governments have been unable to bridge.

Peres 'ashamed' of anti-Palestinian laws

2011-12-13 18:41

Israeli President Shimon Peres has said he was "ashamed" at a rash of legislative proposals from right-wing members of parliament targeting pro-Palestinian groups.

Terror: Kenya PM asks Israel for help

2011-11-14 13:56

Kenya's prime minister Raila Odinga is seeking Israel's support in stopping reprisal terror attacks by an al-Qaeda-linked militant group al-Shabaab.

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