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Israeli, Palestinian negotiators meet Wednesday with US envoy

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are to meet again Wednesday with US mediator Martin Indyk in a bid to try and save the peace process from crumbling, a Palestinian official said. Indyk would travel to the region to oversee the meeting, the second three-way talks since last Thursday, said the official who requested anonymity. There was no immediate confirmation from officials in Israel, which observes the seven-day Jewish holidays of Passover from sunset on Monday.

Israel's Netanyahu condemns Kansas 'hate' shootings

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday condemned the killing of three people at US Jewish institutions, saying they bore the hallmarks of anti-Semitic attacks. "We condemn the murders, which according to all the signs were committed from hatred of Jews," said a statement from his office, which added that Netanyahu had sent condolences to the victims' families. scw/bpz

Israel's Netanyahu condemns Kansas 'hate' shootings

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday condemned the murders of three people at US Jewish institutions, saying they bore the hallmarks of anti-Semitic attacks. "We condemn the murders, which according to all the signs were committed from hatred of Jews," said a statement from his office, which added that Netanyahu had sent condolences to the victims' families. "The state of Israel, together with all civilised people, is committed to fighting this pestilence," Netanyahu said.

Israeli peace activist Ron Pundak dead at 59

Ron Pundak, a longtime peace activist and architect of the 1993 Oslo agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, died at home of cancer Friday, aged 59, Haaretz daily reported. In the early 1990s, with the approval of then foreign minister Shimon Peres, Pundak and fellow Israeli academic Yair Hirschfeld forged a secret channel of communications with the Palestine Liberation Organisation in Norway, at a time when such links were illegal for Israelis.

Israeli peace activist Ron Pundak dead at 59

Ron Pundak, a longtime peace activist and architect of the 1993 Oslo agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, died at home of cancer Friday, aged 59, Haaretz daily reported. In the early 1990s, with the approval of then foreign minister Shimon Peres, Pundak and fellow Israeli academic Yair Hirschfeld forged a secret channel of communications with the Palestine Liberation Organisation in Norway, at a time when such links were illegal for Israelis.

Israelis, Palestinians meet amid talks stalemate

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were meeting on Thursday in US-mediated discussions to try to break a stalemate in crisis-hit peace talks, a Palestinian official said. The meeting came after Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered ministers on Wednesday to limit contact with their Palestinian counterparts as the US-brokered talks neared their deadline apparently close to collapse.

Former household staffer says was insulted by Netanyahu's wife

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A former maintenance man at Benjamin Netanyahu's residence has filed a lawsuit alleging abusive conduct by the prime minister's wife, Sara, another in a series of complaints faced by Israel's first lady. Aides to the Netanyahu family issued a statement denying Guy Eliahu's allegations, calling his lawsuit "a continuation of an organized and orchestrated campaign to recruit embittered former employees" to sue the Israeli leader and damage him politically.

Former household staffer says was insulted by Netanyahu's wife

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A former maintenance man at Benjamin Netanyahu's residence has filed a lawsuit alleging abusive conduct by the prime minister's wife, Sara, another in a series of complaints faced by Israel's first lady. Aides to the Netanyahu family issued a statement denying Guy Eliahu's allegations, calling his lawsuit "a continuation of an organized and orchestrated campaign to recruit embittered former employees" to sue the Israeli leader and damage him politically.

Israeli ban on Palestinian contact 'unfortunate,' US says

Washington on Wednesday denounced as "unfortunate" an order from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to limit his cabinet's contacts with their Palestinian counterparts. "We are certainly aware of the announcement. We regard it as unfortunate," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, as her boss John Kerry met with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Netanyahu ordered ministers to limit contact with their Palestinian counterparts in response to "the Palestinian violation of their commitments under peace talks," an Israeli official told AFP.

Netanyahu orders cutback in contacts with Palestinian Authority

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a halt to high-level contacts with the Palestinians on non-security related issues, but exempted his chief peace negotiator from the ban, government officials said on Wednesday. One Israeli official called Netanyahu's order a response to "the Palestinians' grave violation of their commitments in the framework of the peace talks" -- an apparent reference to their signing of 15 international conventions last week.
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