In addition to clashes in East Jerusalem over the death of a Palestinian teenager, the Israeli air force struck targets inside Gaza after Hamas fired rockets again into southern Israel. The exchange took place despite word of a potential cease-fire being mediated by Egypt. Jeffrey Brown talks to Josh Mitnick of The Wall Street Journal about the clashes, and the prospect of escalation. Continue reading
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
In our news wrap Wednesday, Israeli police and Palestinian youths fought in the streets of Jerusalem after the death overnight of a Palestinian teenager. There was speculation that the killing was revenge for the deaths of three Israeli youths. Also, Tropical Storm Arthur, the first named storm of the season, was expected to strengthen into a hurricane. Continue reading
Israeli soldiers searching for three Israeli teenagers, who disappeared June 12 in the West Bank, found three bodies believed to be of the missing teens, a senior Israeli government official said Monday. Continue reading
In our news wrap Monday, a nationwide FBI operation has recovered 168 victims of child sex trafficking. The children are Americans and many had never been reported missing, said FBI director James Comey. Also, Syria handed over the last of its declared chemical weapons. The stockpile reportedly included mustard gas and raw ingredients for sarin nerve gas. Continue reading
For years, Iran has been an archenemy of the United States. Now, with alliances blurred in the Mideast, the two countries are talking about how to stop an offensive in Iraq by al-Qaida-inspired insurgents. Continue reading
Pope Francis hosted the presidents of Israel and Palestine to the Vatican for a prayer summit on Sunday evening in a move meant to inspire a renewed interests in peace talks from both sides. 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.