Wednesday, March 24, 2010


* Netanyahu holds talks with Obama amid settlement row Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has held talks with US President Barack Obama - their first meeting since a row over plans to build homes in East Jerusalem.

* Jerusalem approves contentious new building plan The Jerusalem municipality has approved 20 new apartments for Jews in east Jerusalem.

* Arab League chief pushes for closer ties with Iran The Arab League chief wants the 22-nation bloc to engage Iran directly over concerns about its growing influence and its nuclear activities.

* IDF official to Hamas: Don't repeat mistakes of Gaza war A senior Israel Defense Forces commander said Tuesday that the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip were growing stronger.

* 'Israel saves, doesn't endanger, US lives' US-Israeli intelligence cooperation is "important for Israel and is helping save American lives," Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said late Monday night.

* Petraeus requests West Bank, Gaza be included in Centcom's sphere The U.S. military's Central Command has sought to expand its area of operations to include the Palestinian Authority.

* Washington's Shrinking Options on Iran Nuke Sanctions When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the Israel lobbying group AIPAC on Monday, one of her best-received lines was her vow that "the United States is determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons."

* US-Russian nuclear deal to be signed in Prague Prague has agreed to host the signing of a new U.S.-Russian treaty to reduce long-range nuclear weapons.

* European leaders spar over Greece bailout ahead of EU summit The Greece debt crisis continues to bring out public and not always amicable efforts among European nations to compromise on a Greece bailout plan.

* Politically motivated move, blow to intelligence-sharing Britain's expulsion of an Israeli diplomat over an alleged Mossad assassination seems certain to damage counterterrorism efforts.

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