Barak Ravid and Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz)


Bibi Asks U.S. To Free Convicted Spy Pollard

By Barak Ravid and Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz)

The Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama requesting the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard for humanitarian reasons.Read More


Renewed Settlement Freeze Talks Reach Dead End

By Barak Ravid and Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz)

Negotiations between Israel and the U.S. government regarding Israel’s renewal of a moratorium on West Bank settlement construction in exchange for an American letter of guarantees have failed, according to a senior Israeli official.Read More


Bibi, Responding to Clinton, Says Israel Has Proved Commitment to Peace

By Barak Ravid and Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Tuesday that Israel had proved its commitment to peace before both in words and actions, after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Jerusalem to do more to prove it was serious about the Middle East process.Read More


Israel's Security Cabinet Votes for Partial Settlement Freeze

By Barak Ravid and Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz)

The security cabinet voted Wednesday to impose a partial 10-month freeze on construction in West Bank settlements, which will not apply to East Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced yesterday. He said the partial freeze was a bid to restart stalled peace talks with the Palestinians.Read More






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