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Rabbi Froman, settler who sought peace with Hamas | Global Post

Rabbi Menahem Froman, a Jewish settler and prominent peace activist who died on Monday, was one of the very few Israelis to have talked with Hamas, the Islamist group which calls for Israel’s destruction. The 68-year-old rabbi of Tekoa settlement near Bethlehem, who died after a two-year battle with cancer, was an ardent advocate of peace and was convinced that ...

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Syria risks dissolution, U.N. chief says | Reuters

(Reuters) – Syria will fall apart if its government and rebels keep fighting instead of seeking a negotiated peace, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday. He said the situation in Syria was deteriorating by the day after almost two years of conflict in which 70,000 people have died, but there was now a slim chance for peace talks. ...

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Why Obama Won’t Push Mideast Peace | The Daily Beast

As John Kerry begins his first overseas trip as secretary of State, foreign observers are beginning to suggest that, maybe, just maybe, the Obama administration will make the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a priority after all. When Kerry arrived in Britain yesterday, the Telegraph greeted him with an article claiming he is “obsessed” with Mideast peace. The day before, Haaretz’s Chemi Shalev, ...

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To Achieve Mideast Peace, Suspend Disbelief | NYTimes.com

THESE are hard times for trying to promote, much less make, peace between Palestinians and Israelis. The rise of political Islam, Syria’s civil war and looming implosion, and the Iranian nuclear imbroglio not only dominate the environment, but they also render it forbidding for peacemaking. And while all these factors make Israelis and Palestinians reluctant to take risks for peace, ...

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UPDATE 3-Kerry to chide Turkish PM over Zionism comments | Reuters via Global Post

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will upbraid Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Friday for his description of Zionism as a crime against humanity, comments which could overshadow his first trip to a Muslim nation since taking office. Kerry is meeting Turkish leaders in talks meant to focus on Syria’s civil war and bilateral interests from energy security to ...

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Despite Planned Troop Withdrawal, Special Ops and Private Forces Prepare to Continue Afghan War | Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Kathy Kelly discusses Obama’s State of the Union address with Amy Goodman. The announcement of a troop drawdown comes as a U.S. air strike in Afghanistan has killed 10 civilians. The strike hit what the NATO occupation force called a suspected Taliban hideout in the province of Kunar. Most of the dead were women and children. For more, we’re joined ...

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Peace and Dead Sea at a New Low | IPS

EIN FESHKA, Occupied West Bank, Feb 26 2013 (IPS) – Two of the three main objectives of the Red Sea-Dead Sea canal project grapple with how to “save the Dead Sea” and “build a symbol of peace in the region.” With Israeli-Palestinians relations and the Dead Sea at an all time low, questions arise whether the ‘Red-Dead Canal’ (as it ...

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Palestinian detainee Arafat Jaradat’s funeral held | BBC News

The funeral of a Palestinian whose death in Israeli custody on Saturday fuelled riots has been held in a village in the West Bank. Palestinians say Arafat Jaradat, 30, died from torture, while Israel says a post-mortem was inconclusive and that investigations into his death continue. There were clashes across the West Bank on Sunday, while prisoners refused food in ...

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Palestinians Disqualify U.S. as Peace Broker | Counterpunch

by NICOLA NASSER The “unbreakable alliance,” which will be confirmed by the upcoming visit of President Barak Obama to Israel, will disqualify the United States as an honest broker of peace in the Arab – Israeli conflict in Palestine, a Palestinian veteran peace negotiator says. This “unbreakable alliance” will doom whatever hopes remain during Obama’s visit for the revival of ...

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Soccer-Barca want ‘peace match’ against Israeli-Palestinian team | Yahoo! Sports

JERUSALEM, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Barcelona plan to play a friendly soccer match against a joint Israeli-Palestinian team in Tel Aviv at the end of July in the hope of promoting Middle East peace, the Catalonian club’s president said on Thursday. “Barcelona, wishes to… contribute to the effort to strengthen the bridges of peace and dialogue between the Israeli and ...

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