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Israel Asks American Jews and Israeli Ex-Pats: Where Do Your Loyalties Lie?

They are also asked about the impact of American Jews and U.S. Jewish organizations on American policy, and how Israelis living in the United States and American Jews have an impact on Israel’s strength.

Netanyahu To Ask Obama To Not Lift Iran Sanctions, Says Official

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is to meet today with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House, is expected to ask at the meeting that international sanctions on Iran not be lifted.

Swedish FM Carl Bildt, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton at the EU Headquarters in Brussels.

Fifteen Former EU Leaders Urge Officials To Not Soften on Settlement Guidelines

A group of 15 former senior European officials has urged the European Union not to soften or delay new settlement guidelines slated to take effect on January 1, and in particular to ensure they apply to the Horizon 2020 scientific cooperation program.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met in Geneva to discuss a plan to disarm Syria?s nuclear arsenal.

Kerry Heading To Israel To Update Netanyahu on Syria Deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in Israel on Sunday, and he will update Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on developments in securing a deal for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons.

Israel Won't Ratify Chemical Arms Treaty Before Its Neighbors Do, Officials Say

With Moscow and Washington now discussing a diplomatic deal that would rid Syria of its chemical weapons, officials in Jerusalem are preparing for the possibility that Israel will be asked to submit to supervision of the chemical weapons that foreign reports say it possesses.

Russia Slams Israeli Military Over Secret Missile Test

Russia’s defense ministry has reprimanded Israel’s military attache there over last week’s missile test in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, which was conducted as the U.S. was preparing for a possible military action against Syria.

Benjamin Netanyahu and Germany?s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in meeting in Jerusalem.

EU Guidelines on Settlements Will Undermine Talks, Says Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told visiting German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Monday that the European Union’s new guidelines on Israel’s settlements in the West Bank undercut the freshly resumed peace process and strengthen the Palestinian position.

A Palestinian woman holds a photograph of a prisoner on hunger strike during a rally in the West Bank city of Hebron to show solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, in February.

Israeli Ministers Are the Terrorists, Not Prisoners Says Palestinian Foreign Minister

Over the past two weeks, since the Israeli government’s decision to release 104 pre-Oslo Palestinian prisoners involved in murdering Israelis, the Palestinian Authority has been conducting a political and PR campaign focused on this issue. Palestinian ambassadors around the world were asked to relay letters to foreign ministries in the countries where they are serving, which emphasize that contrary to Israeli’s claim, the prisoners are not terrorists.

Security: Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen says prisoner release may cause problems, but in the short term, talks may quiet problems on the ground.

Peace Talks Could Calm Security Issues on the Ground

The renewal of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians may help improve the security situation in the West Bank, said Shin Bet security service chief Yoram Cohen on Sunday.

Peace Agreement To Be Voted on by National Referendum

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet convened Sunday to vote on his decision to release of 104 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails since before the 1993 Oslo Accords.