Marc Perelman; With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

Israel Basks in New Warmth As Muslim States Hail Gaza Pullout

UNITED NATIONS — Meeting their warmest reception here in a generation, most notably from Muslim nations, Israeli leaders responded this week with a mixture of elation at their new standing in the world community and impatience at its limits.In a whirlwind week of diplomatic breakthroughs, the United Nations General Assembly Hall — not known to

Arab States Push To Reaffirm Proposal for Treaties and Ties

Desperate to kick-start the deadlocked Middle East peace process, Arab states are pushing to reaffirm their 2-year-old proposal to normalize relations with Israel in exchange for a negotiated peace, diplomats and observers said.Already, however, the issue of Palestinian refugees is emerging as a major sticking point