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Israel says close to forging new ties across Arab world

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is holding secret talks with some Arab states that do not recognize it, looking to establish diplomatic ties based on a common fear of Iran, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday. Amongst the countries he was in contact with were Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, Lieberman told newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth - the first such disclosure by a senior Israeli official.

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 and Palestinian negotiators to meet Sunday

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are to convene on Sunday in the latest attempt to save teetering peace talks, a Palestinian official told AFP. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat would meet his Israeli opposite number, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's special envoy Yitzhak Molcho during the afternoon, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. There was no confirmation from the Israeli side.

Israeli minister urges Netanyahu to annex settlements

By Crispian Balmer JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A senior Israeli minister has urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex a swathe of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, saying peace talks with the Palestinians were dead. However an Israeli source confirmed media reports that the sides were mulling a possible deal to extend the troubled talks beyond an April 29 deadline, through to the start of next year.

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.
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