Israel lawmakers hope Trump could ease made-in-USA rules for military aid

By Steven Scheer JERUSALEM, May 21 : Israeli lawmakers urged the government on Monday to reopen talks with the United States on a defence aid deal signed in 2016 in the hope that President Donald Trump might ease a requirement that American aid money be spent on U.S. equipment. Under the deal signed by Prime […]

U.N. council mulls calling for Palestinian protection force

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, May 18 : The United Nations Security Council will begin talks on Monday on a Kuwait-drafted resolution that condemns Israeli force against Palestinian civilians and calls for an “international protection mission” to be deployed to the occupied territories. The draft resolution, seen by Reuters on Friday, asks U.N. Secretary-General Antonio […]

Israel vilified at UN body for Gaza killings, but backed by US

By Tom Miles GENEVA, May 18 : Israel was sharply criticised at a U.N. human rights body on Friday for its killings of protesters in Gaza and treatment of the Palestinians, but Washington came to its defence. The special session of the Human Rights Council was convened after the bloodiest day for Palestinians in years […]

Israel says Hamas curbed Gaza protests after Egyptian warning

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM, May 16 : Palestinian protests on the Gaza-Israel border have dropped off over the past two days, with Israel on Wednesday pointing to what it said were Egyptian efforts to restore calm after dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire. Gaza’s dominant Islamist Hamas movement denied that […]

Guatemala opens embassy in Jerusalem, two days after U.S. move

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, May 16 : Guatemala opened an embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, two days after the United States inaugurated its new site in the contested city in a move that infuriated Palestinians and drew international condemnation. Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday when the […]