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Ten dead after Israel boards Gaza-bound ships

May 31, 2010 (Reuters) - Israeli commandos intercepted Gaza-bound aid ships Monday and at least 10 pro-Palestinian activists on board were killed in bloodshed that plunged Israel into a diplomatic crisis.

Israel's military said its troops came under gunfire and knife attack during the takeover.

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How Israel Can Help Stop the Flow of Zimbabwe’s Blood Diamonds

Diamonds and Human Rights by Rona E. Peligal

Browsing for diamond jewelry off Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv, you can't tell by looking where the diamonds in the store windows come from. But experts can. And those same experts have affirmed that diamonds from the Marange fields of eastern Zimbabwe are mined under highly abusive conditions - the latest "blood diamonds" of the twenty-first century.

To its credit, the Israeli government has tried to put pressure on Zimbabwe to improve these conditions. In the coming year, as chair of the global group that monitors the diamond industry, Israel will have the opportunity to do even more.

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Bolivia And Venezuela Linked To Iran Nuclear Plan

A secret information from the Israel Foreign Ministry that has "leaked" in the press shows evidence that Bolivia and Venezuela supply uranium for the nuclear program of Tehran

Igal Palmor, the spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, said that the Government of Israel will not comment on the content of the report, and that such a "leak" should never have happened.

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Israel Starts Building Its First New Colony In 26 Years

Although Netanyahu had promised not to build new settlements, his government gave its approval yesterday for a new colony (the first in 26 years) to be built near the bank of the Jordan river.

Sounds like a slap in the face of the U.S. president, in answer to his call for a Palestinian state.

According to Yariv Oppenheimer, secretary general of the Jewish Peace Now NGO , this action from the Netanyahu Government is intended to make impossible the "two states" solution promoted by Barack Obama.

This is a new serious obstacle on the road toward a peace agreement, but it is not the only one.

The fifth round of talks between Hamas and Fatah in Cairo yesterday ended without results. For more than a year, Egypt has pressed the two sides to reach an agreement to allow the formation of a unity government.

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Obama Calls For A Palestinian State

As expected, Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu, who met yesterday at the White House, proved to have opposite visions on two crucial issues: the U.S. president refused to set a precise deadline for Iran to renounce nuclear weapons and emphasized the need for a Palestinian state, and the Israeli prime minister stongly disagreed on both points. The four hours reunion ended with no more success than the rhetoric of mutual commitment to pursue peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

As the two leaders reminded it, United States and Israel share a long tradition of special relationship in which Washington takes the security of the Jewish state as a responsibility.

Both states have had and still have common enemies and common goals in the most turbulent region of the planet. Their alliance is not in danger because it can not be. But Obama and Netanyahu were unable yesterday to to reach an agreement in order to address the current problems.

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Obama Calls For A New Round Of Negotiation In Middle East

The U.S. president, Barack Obama, invites the leaders of Israel, Palestinian territories and Egypt for a new round of negotiations on the peace process between Arabs and Israelis.

Although no specific date has been fixed for these negotiations, the White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs, announced yesterday that the reunion will be held "in coming weeks."

Washington invited the new Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas and Egypt President, Hosni Mubarak. Egypt was the first Arab country to officially recognized the Jewish state in the Camp David agreements of 1978.

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U.S. Boycotts Conference On Racism Due To Anti-Israel Bias

The U.S. government has explained that the meeting's final document contains an anti-Israel and anti-Western language that "it can not support".

United States announced on Saturday that they will not participate in the forthcoming World Conference against Racism in the United Nations (UN), which begins on Monday in Geneva, because the draft of the declaration, despite "significant improvements" still includes references to the conflict between Israel and Palestine that do not have U.S. approval.

Robert Wood, State Department spokesman, explained that the final text "still contains language that reaffirms the whole Durban Declaration and Program of Action (DDPA), 2001, that the U.S. strongly disapprove".

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George Mitchell Warns: "A Palestinian State Is The Only Solution"

George Mitchell, the White House "Special Envoy to the Middle East", is well known for his persuasion skills and deep knowledge of the region. But for his first trip since the formation of Israel new government, the task assigned by President Barack Obama will require enormous tenacity.

This friday, when meeting Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian West Bank leader, he announced his intention to encourage the establishment of a Palestinian state - "the only and best solution," said Mitchell - using the 2002 Saudi peace initiative which calls for recognition of Israel by the 22 Arab countries in exchange for its withdrawal from the occupied territories.

However, negotiations between parties have not yet begun, and the condition, brought by the new Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that the Palestinians recognize "Israel as a Jewish State", is an obstacle that Mitchell will need to overcome.

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Short '06 Lebanon War Stokes Pentagon Debate

This article published on April 6 in the Washington Post goes back to the debate that divides the Pentagon in Washington: what the outcome of the Lebanon war in 2006?

Since the end of the confrontation between Hezbollah and Israel, the Department of Defense has sent a dozen delegations to the Israeli army to draw all the lessons.

Does the U.S. Army need to prepare itself to conventional fighting or, conversely, to focus more on counter-insurgency?

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, with the support of President Obama, seems to be in favour of the second.

This is confirmed by an other article by Greg Jaffe and Shailagh Murray, the next day: Gates Seeks Sharp Turn in spending.

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Israel annexing East Jerusalem

A confidential EU report accuses the Israeli government of using settlement expansion, house demolitions, discriminatory housing policies and the West Bank barrier as a way of "actively pursuing the illegal annexation" of East Jerusalem.

The document says Israel has accelerated its plans for East Jerusalem, and is undermining the Palestinian Authority's credibility and weakening support for peace talks. "Israel's actions in and around Jerusalem constitute one of the most acute challenges to Israeli-Palestinian peace-making," says the document, EU Heads of Mission Report on East Jerusalem.

The report, obtained by the Guardian, is dated 15 December 2008. It acknowledges Israel's legitimate security concerns in Jerusalem, but adds: "Many of its current illegal actions in and around the city have limited security justifications."

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