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Israeli ex-spy chief says Palestinian state crucial to peace
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The former head of Israel's Mossad spy agency on Tuesday said the establishment of an independent Palestinian state is crucial to region-wide peace in the Middle East, joining the ranks of retired security men to urge the government to seek a two-state solution....

UN: Violations of Israel-Lebanon cease-fire could spark war
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council is warning that violations of the cessation of hostilities between Lebanon and Israel could lead to a new conflict "that none of the parties or the region can afford."...

Israel says UN envoy's settlement remarks 'distort history'
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel on Tuesday said remarks by the U.N. Mideast envoy "distort history" after he declared that Israel's settlement-building is a main obstacle to peace with the Palestinians....

Human Rights Watch: Palestinians abuse media, activists
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Palestinian authorities are silencing dissent by cracking down on free speech and abusing local journalists and activists critical of their policies, a leading international human rights group said Tuesday....

Israel razes home of Palestinian involved in deadly shooting
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military says its forces demolished the home of a Palestinian involved in the ambush of a family car in the West Bank that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and two of their children....

UN says Israelis, Palestinians both imperil 2-state solution
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Political leaders on both sides of the Israeli Palestinian conflict continue to shy away from the steps needed for peace, further eroding the prospect of a two-state solution, the United Nations' Mideast envoy said Monday....

World Vision calls for fair trial for arrested Gaza employee
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The international charity World Vision is calling for a "fair and transparent" trial for a Gaza employee arrested by Israel for allegedly funneling money to Hamas....

Rivals Hamas, Fatah gear up for first election since 2006
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NABLUS, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah are gearing up for their first contest at the polls since 2006 - a vote for mayors and local councils in 425 communities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip....

Israel rejects immunity for indicted UN engineer in Gaza
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Israeli government on Thursday rejected a U.N. request for diplomatic immunity for a Palestinian engineer who worked for the U.N. in the Gaza Strip but is now in prison after being accused of assisting the territory's Islamic militant Hamas rulers....

In Israel's religious press, Hillary Clinton is invisible
BNEI BRAK, Israel (AP) -- Hillary Clinton may become the president of Israel's most important ally, but her image is banished from a significant swath of the country's media: the ultra-Orthodox press whose deeply conservative readership chafes at images of women....