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Jonathan Ferziger

Palestinians Seek More Assertive Trump for Talks With Israel

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will try to persuade U.S. President Donald Trump when they meet next week to endorse a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel and get more assertive about bringing both sides to the peace table, his envoy to Washington said.

UN Chief Enters Hamas-Controlled Gaza After Netanyahu Wrangle

Wading into the heart of the Mideast conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres crossed the barricaded threshold between Israel and the Gaza Strip, where Hamas leaders in control of the territory said he was an unwelcome guest.

Your Guide to Netanyahu’s Suddenly Dire Legal Jeopardy

After months of investigating alleged corruption, Israeli prosecutors have reached Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s inner sanctum. Ari Harow, Netanyahu’s former chief of staff, signed a plea bargain and will aid the investigation into suspected bribery and other crimes, according to a court document released Aug. 4. News of Harow’s cooperation has fed expectations that Netanyahu’s reign as prime minister could be coming to a close, and that Israel might see two consecutive leaders indicted fo

Former Top Aide Agrees to Testify Against Israel’s Netanyahu

A former close aide to Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to testify against the Israeli prime minister, a key break in investigations that police have acknowledged publicly for the first time involve suspicion of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust.

Palestinians Call Off Prayer Ban at Jerusalem Muslim Shrine

Palestinian government and religious leaders called off their ban on prayers at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound after Israel removed crowd surveillance equipment it installed there, dialing back a violent confrontation over a site also revered by Jews.

Israeli Diplomats Return From Jordan After Deadly Shooting

Israeli diplomats and embassy personnel in Jordan were allowed to return home in the wake of a deadly shooting at the diplomatic compound in Amman, resolving a standoff between the two countries in a deal that also aims to reduce tensions with the Palestinians over a Jerusalem shrine.

White House Dispatches Peace Envoy to Ease Mideast Frictions

White House envoy Jason Greenblatt flew back to a more volatile Middle East on Monday as deadly violence that began over a Jerusalem shrine spilled over into the Israeli Embassy in Jordan, leading to a diplomatic standoff between two key American allies.

Modi Snub Helps Israel Decouple Ties From Palestinian Question

Narendra Modi’s 49-hour visit to Israel last week, the first ever by an Indian prime minister, was a public love-fest with his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu. The two leaders repeatedly affirmed their shared goals and friendship and even waded barefoot in the Mediterranean surf.

Labor Focuses on Ousting Netanyahu as It Heads for Runoff

Two politicians of Moroccan ancestry will meet in a runoff to lead Israel’s Labor Party, an unprecedented showdown in the European-rooted movement that’s struggled to unseat Benjamin Netanyahu and reclaim its former standing as the country’s defining force.

Kushner Paves Way for Accelerated U.S. Push on Mideast Peace

Jared Kushner’s return to Israel this week bolsters White House efforts to broker a peace deal, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu examines what he needs to give Palestinians to bring ties with the broader Arab world out of the shadows, diplomats and Israeli government officials said.

In Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Parsing What Trump Left Unsaid

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government wanted to hear Donald Trump announce he’s moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Palestinians would have liked Trump to publicly back their aspiration to statehood.

Trump's Disclosures Could Risk Foreign Intelligence Ties

President Donald Trump’s decision to disclose allegedly classified information to Russian officials could threaten vital foreign intelligence ties, testing key allies’ confidence in the U.S. just as he heads to the Middle East and Europe.

Trump Tells Abbas He Is Confident Mideast Deal Can Be ‘Done’

President Donald Trump said he is confident he can broker a Middle East peace deal, telling Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas at the White House that he wants to prove skeptics wrong by reaching a goal that has eluded successive U.S. administrations.

How Trump’s Approach May Alter Israeli-Palestinian Peace Efforts

When U.S. President Donald Trump said Feb. 15 that Israelis and Palestinians could hash out for themselves whether the answer to their decades-old conflict is one state or two, he resuscitated an option previous administrations had buried. Below is a list of the possible alternatives that may now be back in play:

Trump Will Keep Vow on Jerusalem Embassy Move, Giuliani Says

President Donald Trump will keep his pledge to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said, despite Palestinian warnings that such a step would spark violence and sabotage the prospect of renewed peace talks.

Kerry Plans Middle East Speech as Israel Retaliates Over UN Snub

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will offer a “comprehensive vision” for how Middle East peace can be achieved in a speech Wednesday in Washington, as Israel steps up its response to a censure from the United Nations over the construction of settlements in the West Bank.

UN Resolution Criticizing Israeli Settlements Gets Delayed

A vote on a United Nations Security Council resolution criticizing Israeli settlements in the West Bank scheduled for Thursday was delayed amid uncertainty over the U.S. position on the proposal and calls by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump for a veto.

Trump Urges U.S. Veto UN Resolution on Israeli Settlements

President-elect Donald Trump waded into a diplomatic controversy over Israeli West Bank settlements, urging President Barack Obama’s administration to veto a United Nations resolution expected Thursday condemning their construction.

Obama Pressed to Wade Into Israel-Palestinian Fight Again

U.S. President Barack Obama, whose administration failed to break the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians during eight years in office, is coming under pressure to act one last time as events in Israel and at the UN clash.

Netanyahu Said to Be Open to Meeting Trump, Clinton on U.S. Trip

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would meet either of the two presidential candidates if they were to ask, a senior Israeli official in New York said on condition of anonymity. * Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton has asked to meet with Netanyahu: official * Netanyahu met with President Barack Obama Wednesday in New York and thanked him for a $38 billion defense aid package agreed upon last week * Israeli leader scheduled to address UN General Assembly on Thursday * NOTE: Netanyah

Netanyahu, Facing Trump or Clinton, Urged to Take Obama Aid

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and his aides are watching the U.S. election with confusion and concern, unsure of Donald Trump and uneasy over Hillary Clinton. Some advisers are therefore urging him to seal a military aid package with someone he has long mistrusted -- President Barack Obama.

Obama Tells Netanyahu Their Differences Must Be Narrowed

President Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that while their differences on the Iran nuclear pact are “no secret,” their countries must work together in fighting terrorism and seeking peace with the Palestinians.