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Egypt's radical Islamist party vows to respect peace treaty with Israel

Egypt's radical Islamist party vows to respect peace treaty with Israel | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Salafi Al-Nour party says will welcome talks with Israel; new Israeli envoy in Cairo says will try to open communication channels with Islamist groups.
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Israel envoy seeks talks with Egypt Islamist groups

Israel envoy seeks talks with Egypt Islamist groups | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Senior diplomatic official tells Haaretz, ambassador must talk to 'anyone who wants to and agrees to talk to him, even if those contacts are not made public.'...
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Who’s Burning Palestinian Mosques in the West Bank and Israel?

Who’s Burning Palestinian Mosques in the West Bank and Israel? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
There have been six torchings in the West Bank and Israel in the past two years—but not a single indictment. Dan Ephron reports.
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Hezbollah head in rare appearance

Hezbollah head in rare appearance | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah Shia Islamist group, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, makes his first public appearance for several years at a Beirut rally.
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Can Hezbollah Cope With A Changing Middle East?

While the Middle East undergoes fast-paced, dramatic social and political change, Hezbollah has been trying its best to shield itself from the process that has been redefining the balance of power and reshuffling the political cards in the...
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Fallout from the Arab Spring has Hamas agreeing to nonviolent protest and seeking PLO membership, which means recognizing Israel

Fallout from the Arab Spring has Hamas agreeing to nonviolent protest and seeking PLO membership,  which means recognizing Israel | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The leaders of the two biggest Palestinian parties met in Cairo on Thanksgiving, and just going by the headlines afterward, you'd have thought nothing had happened. "Palestinians talk unity, no sign of progress," said Reuters.
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Advocating the two state solution: the best bet?

We need to convince our governments and the EU to invest in a political strategy that reverses the destructive dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They need to understand that respect for international law is not a detail, but lies at the very heart of the conflict.

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The Syria Game of Thrones: Turkey vs. Iran vs. the Saudis in Battle to Shape a Rebellion’s Outcome - Global Spin

The Syria Game of Thrones: Turkey vs. Iran vs. the Saudis in Battle to Shape a Rebellion’s Outcome   - Global Spin | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Arab League called Wednesday for "urgent measures"  to protect Syrian civilians in the face of violent repression by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
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Palestinians embark on series of civil disobedience protests against 'demographic segregation'

Palestinians embark on series of civil disobedience protests against 'demographic segregation' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
'We have the right to reach Jerusalem. Why doesn't a settler need an entry permit? We do not obey apartheid rules. We're Palestinian, and this is Palestine,' protesters insisted.
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Good Reads: Iran, Israel, and Qatar. What's their game?

Israel denies killing an Iranian weapons scientist. Iran detains and releases a Taliban insider. Qatar foments an Arab Spring. Why is everyone suddenly acting like bit players in a Graham Greene novel?
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Some 65% of Ethiopian children in Israel live in poverty, report finds

Some 65% of Ethiopian children in Israel live in poverty, report finds | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The school scores and incarceration rates tell a harsh story.
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Israeli doctors 'failing to report torture of Palestinian detainees'

Israeli doctors 'failing to report torture of Palestinian detainees' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Human rights groups accuse doctors of failing to document signs of torture and returning detainees to interrogators...
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Assad troops plant land mines on Syria-Lebanon border

Assad troops plant land mines on Syria-Lebanon border | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Mines are aimed at preventing weapons smuggling, but - as Syrians flee - mines suggest Assad regime is trying to contain a crisis that is spinning out of control.
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Israel frees 550 Palestinians in Shalit swap

Israel frees 550 Palestinians in Shalit swap | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
RAMALLAH/GAZA (Reuters) - Israel released 550 Palestinian prisoners Sunday in the second stage of a deal with Hamas that brought home soldier Gilad Shalit after five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip.While...
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Israeli lawmakers move to annex West Bank, one museum at a time

Israel's parliament appears likely to pass a law funding Israeli museums in the West Bank – the latest settler effort to promote a creeping annexation of the disputed territory.
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Israel-Gaza violence: Testing the Arab world's appetite for fresh conflict?

Israel-Gaza violence: Testing the Arab world's appetite for fresh conflict? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Israel-Gaza violence has flared up again, with Israel killing two militants suspected of plotting attacks along the Israel-Egypt border.
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Analysis: Cold War with Iran heats up across Mideast

Analysis: Cold War with Iran heats up across Mideast | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - Worries of Israel striking Iran might or might not be overblown but across the region the largely hidden cold war between Tehran and its enemies is escalating fast, bringing with it...
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Fayyad: Israeli sanctions have 'devastating impact' on Palestinian economy

Fayyad: Israeli sanctions have 'devastating impact' on Palestinian economy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad says he will be unable to pay the salaries of tens of thousands of civil servants due to Israel's withholding of tax revenues it collects on behalf of PA.
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Israeli secular, religious ministers hold heated debate over women's rights

Israeli secular, religious ministers hold heated debate over women's rights | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Likud's Limor Livnat warns that exclusion of women leads to violence against women; Shas minister Nahari: We must respect those who find women's singing offensive.
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Sinai: The New Frontier of Conflict?

On November 16, 2011, Ehud Yaari and Normand St. Pierre addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute. Mr. Yaari is a Lafer international fellow with the Institute and a Middle East commentator for Israel's Channel Two television. Col. St. Pierre, a thirty-one-year veteran of the U.S. Army, retired recently after completing service as the Egypt representative of the director-general of the U.S.-led Multinational Force and Observers. The following is a rapporteur's summary of their remarks.

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Hezbollah Waits and Prepares

Hezbollah Waits and Prepares | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
With new tensions over Iran's nuclear program, Hezbollah stands ready to retaliate against Israel. By Nicholas Blanford.
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Israeli-Palestinian jolt? Why some want to dismantle PA.

Israeli-Palestinian jolt? Why some want to dismantle PA. | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Their UN membership bid failed. They don't want to resume Israeli-Palestinian talks without a settlement freeze. Now some Palestinian officials have a new idea: dismantle the Palestinian Authority.
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Palestinian 'freedom riders' board Israeli buses in protest

Palestinian 'freedom riders' board Israeli buses in protest | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Drawing what they say are parallels between Israeli policies in the West Bank and the laws in the Jim Crow American South, Palestinian activists emulating the 'freedom riders' of 1961 attempted to ride into Jerusalem on an Israeli bus today.
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Is Hamas Moderating?

Is Hamas Moderating? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
With Hamas’s Syrian patrons weaker, the group may be softening its hard line and open to a Fatah deal. By Ei Lake.
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Death in the desert: Tribesmen exploit battle to reach Israel

Death in the desert: Tribesmen exploit battle to reach Israel | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
"I wanted to build a good future for my family, but I failed," a weak Issam Abdallah Mohammed said in a videotaped statement.
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