JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel's foreign minister on Thursday described as a gimmick a Palestinian-proposed U.N. Security Council draft resolution that calls for a peace deal within a year and an end to the occupation of Palestinian territories by the end of 2017. Palestinians seek a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war

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Israel raps Palestinian U.N. draft as 'gimmick'

The number of Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank has grown at more than twice the rate of Israel's overall population during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's years in office, official figures show.Settlement growth was…

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Israeli settlers continue surge

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In the introduction to her book, The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York, Jewish food researcher and historian Claudia Roden writes: Every cuisine tells a story, and she goes on to say later that the same is true for every pot, and plate. In her riveting book, which was published in the UK in 1996, she told the story of the Jewish kitchen as none before her had done.

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Claudia Roden: Israeli chefs mix innovation and tradition

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel's foreign minister on Thursday described as a gimmick a Palestinian-proposed U.N. Security Council draft resolution that calls for a peace deal within a year and an end to…

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The European Parliament has voted in favour of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. The final resolution was heavily watered down in order to obtain the support of Europe's right wing parties. EurActiv France reports .

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Israel on the Brink of War ABC News contributor Col. Steve Ganyard (ret.) and the Woodrow Wilson Center's Aaron David Miller on Israel's battle with Hamas. By: news

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Alternate titles: Al-affah al-Gharbyah; ha-Gadah ha-Maaravit West Bank,Arabic Al-affah al-Gharbyah, Hebrew Ha-Gadah Ha-Maaravit, area of the former British-mandated (192047) territory of Palestine west of the Jordan River, claimed from 1949 to 1988 as part of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan but occupied from 1967 by Israel. The territory, excluding East Jerusalem, is also known within Israel by its biblical names, Judaea and Samaria. The approximately 2,270-square-mile (5,900-square-km) area is the centre of contending Arab and Israeli aspirations in Palestine.

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West Bank (region, Palestine) | Encyclopedia Britannica

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Connecticut rabbis apply the Torahs teachings to a hot-button issue By Cindy Mindell Anyone who has sat at the seder table knows the basic Jewish attitude toward immigrants: In each generation, each person is obligated to see himself or herself as though he or she personally came forth from Egypt. In the Torah and Talmud, there are no fewer than 35 directives about how to treat the stranger.

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THE JEWISH VIEW ON IMMIGRATION

During his visit to the Gaza Strip, United Nations (UN) chief Ban Ki-moon told reporters that damages to the area were far worse than those caused by the previous Gaza conflict in 2008-2009, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday.

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UN Chief Says Damage Caused by Latest Gaza Conflict 'Beyond Description'

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April 1, 2014: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas talks during a leadership meeting in Ramallah.(AP) RAMALLAH, West Bank Two-thirds of Palestinians say they are afraid to criticize Mahmoud Abbas, according to a poll, and some of the Palestinian president’s recent actions only seem to confirm claims that dissent comes at a price. Last month, Abbas outlawed the West Bank’s largest labor union and briefly jailed its two leaders for organizing strikes

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Palestinians afraid to criticize Abbas