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Fatah meets for talks on Israel, Hamas

RAMALLAH: Senior members of Fatah, the party of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, met on Wednesday to discuss issues from peace talks with Israel to reconciliation with Hamas.
The representatives from Fatah's Revolutionary Council gathered in the West Bank city of Ramallah from early morning for a day of talks on domestic and international political affairs.
Abbas was during the day expected to deliver "a very important address on the developments in the political

Israel to invest 23 million dollars in Western Wall plaza

JERUSALEM: Israel's cabinet on Sunday approved plans to invest millions of shekels in a five-year project to expand the plaza next to the Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites in Jerusalem's Old City.
The plans to improve access to the site were outlined in a statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu which said it would invest 85 million shekels (23 million dollars, 17 million euros) in the project.
"The aim of the plan is to improve

Israel okays immigration of 8,000 Ethiopians

JERUSALEM: The Israeli cabinet on Sunday voted to bring to the country some 8,000 Ethiopians who claim Jewish descent, saying they are living in conditions of disease and hunger.
"There are about 8,000 women, men and children living in the most severe humanitarian conditions," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet session."We have a moral commitment as Jews, as the People of Israel, to find a solution."
Israel began bringing Ethiopia's Jewish community

No thaw with Israel without apology for boat raid: Turkey

PARIS: Turkey will not begin to restore relations with Israel unless it apologises for its "savage attack" on a Turkish protest vessel, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.
"Israel will apologise. And Israel will have to pay compensation. And then we can start negotiating," Erdogan told France 24 television, according to the Paris-based news network's translation from the Turkish.
Turkey was once Israel's closest military and diplomatic ally in the Middle

‘Israel can’t cite Bible to justify occupation’

Israel cannot claim Palestinian territory as its promised land citing the Bible to justify its occupation and the expulsion of Palestinians, a Catholic archbishop said Saturday.
Cyril Salim Bustros, head of the Greek Melkite Church in the United States, made his comments after the Middle East synod of Catholic bishops called on the United Nations to implement its resolutions and end Israeli occupation of Arab lands.
The synod's final statement, drawn up by