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.


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.

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