President Obama Expresses Condolences Over Death of Israeli Teens

    President Barack Obama expressed condolences on Monday over the killing of three Israeli teenagers whose bodies were found in the West Bank on Monday, and urged all parties to refrain from actions that could escalate tensions in the region.

    Israeli Police Officers Demoted Over Mishandling of Kidnapping Phone Call

    Several senior police officers were demoted for “severe failure of conduct” in their handling of the phone call from one of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers.

    Netanyahu: Islamic Extremism Makes Israeli Presence in West Bank Necessary

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said turmoil in neighboring Arab countries counted out the removal of Israeli forces from the West Bank for “a very long time.”

    Israel's Kidnapped Boys Found Dead in Field

    Israeli forces have identified the bodies of the three missing Israeli teens — Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel — buried in a field near Hebron.

    ‘A Fighting People’: Kurdish soldiers keep guard near the frontline with Sunni militants on the outskirts of Kirkuk, Iraq.

    Israel Not Working for Kurdish Statehood, Avigdor Lieberman Says

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman described Iraqi Kurdish independence as a fait accompli on Monday but said his country was taking no action to help the Kurds achieve formal statehood.