Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports from East Jerusalem on the funeral of a murdered Palestinian teenager, Mohammad Abu Khdair, where hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli police. Family members say the victim was slain in retribution for the killing of three young Israelis, but Israeli officials say they haven’t determined the cause of Khdair’s death. Continue reading
Secretary of State John Kerry called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to relay the U.S. position, which will almost certainly draw criticism from Israel and its supporters in Congress and elsewhere. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced the call but could offer no further details. Netanyahu says the new government should be shunned because it leans on support from Hamas.
Juggling the political and religious rivalries between Israel and the Palestinians during his trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis called on Mahmoud Abbas and Shimon Peres to join him at the Vatican for prayer and reflection. Jeffrey Brown gets insight into how the Pope navigated his trip from Nicholas Casey of The Wall Street Journal, reporting from Jerusalem. Continue reading
In charged acts of political symbolism, Pope Francis stopped at some of the holiest sites for Jews and Muslims during a trip to the Middle East. Pope Francis called for renewed peace talks, and became the first pontiff to refer to the “state of Palestine.” The visit came just weeks after U.S.-led talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators collapsed. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a decision by Palestinian authorities to create a coalition government with Hamas is a big step backward for peace.
What issues will President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu address in their upcoming talks in Washington? Jay Solomon, foreign affairs correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, explains the meeting will likely focus on Iran’s nuclear program and a framework for continuing the Middle East peace process. Continue reading
Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon vocally criticized U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent peace initiative between Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, at least 114 people died after a boat crowded with hundreds of migrants from Africa sank off Italy. Also, Secretary of State John Kerry defended the option of diplomacy with Iran on its nuclear program despite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s warning about trusting Iran’s new president. Continue reading
On the floor of the UN General Assembly, Israel’s prime minister pushed back against Iran’s recent charm offensive. Netanyahu issued a strong denunciation of Iran’s nuclear program and vowed to prevent that nation from getting nuclear weapons. Margaret Warner reports on the response to comments by Netanyahu and President Obama. Continue reading