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  • The real reason Jewish-American spy Jonathan Pollard is back in the news

    Pollard is scheduled to be released in November. The issue for Israel is whether the U.S. will allow the Jewish American to move to Israel, where Washington fears he would be given a hero's welcome. The 30-year saga of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard is once again gaining serious attention in the Israeli, American and international news media. The reporting, most of which appears to be directed speculation, is focusing on whether Pollard will be released in late November or sooner, and whether a decision in Washington to release him early could be part of some sort of quid pro quo aimed…

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  • Gaza war diary: 'A second of silence, then the bombs go off'

    Despite the danger, Walid Abuzaid couldn't be separated from his home in Gaza for very long. And though coming home means facing possible death, he refuses to give in to hate.  By Walid Abuzaid Thursday, June 27 I was in Cyprus when it all started. When we heard about the kidnapped teens, we were thrilled by the possibility of another prisoner release. Hamas would be held responsible for the kidnapping, but we treat our prisoners well – at least the one prisoner we've ever had. It's my last night in Cyprus and one of so few in which I smile…

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  • Settlers fear prisoner release deal, extension of talks

    Netanyahu has probably spent his Passover vacation trying to reach a deal that would enable the settlers to save face and stay in the government while peace talks continue. The Right is launching campaigns to convince right-wing politicians to vote 'no.' With a little more than a week left until the formal deadline for the Israeli-American-Palestinian talks, efforts to extend the negotiations still haven't produced a breakthrough. Nevertheless, a last-minute deal shouldn't be ruled out either; often times, the most productive political maneuvering takes place when no news is reported. On the Israeli side, the best indicators – as always – come from…

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  • Israel is reneging on its promise to release Palestinian prisoners

    That’s the long and short of this latest ‘crisis’ in the peace talks. This couldn’t be more black-and white, more writ in bold, if Israel set off fireworks in the night sky that spelled out: “WE LIED.” Netanyahu and his government – including, very forthrightly, house “peacenik” Tzipi Livni – are reneging on their promise to free 26 Palestinian and Israeli Arab prisoners on Friday. The numbers, the names, the date of release were all agreed on between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas and overseen by Secretary of State Kerry when the current peace talks, such as they are,…

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  • Photos of the week: A taste of freedom

    This week: African asylum seekers hold a silent march for freedom in Tel Aviv, though immigration raids continue unabated; 26 Palestinian prisoners are freed after years in Israeli jails; Tel Aviv residents resist evictions, Filipino migrant workers celebrate New Year's Eve; and an 85-year-old Palestinian man dies after inhaling tear gas shot into his home by Israeli soldiers.

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  • PHOTOS: Palestinians are released from Israeli prisons after 20 years

    Twenty-six Palestinian prisoners from Gaza, Jerusalem and the West Bank were released early Tuesday morning in the third stage of a prisoner release deal secured by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to facilitate peace talks. A total of 104 Palestinian prisoners, all jailed before the start of the Oslo peace talks 20 years ago, are slated to be released during the course of the talks, which are scheduled to continue through mid-2014. By: Oren Ziv, Yotam Ronen, Tali Mayer, Ahmad Al-Bazz / Activestills.org   Related: The real problem with the prisoner release PHOTOS: Right-wing Israelis protest Palestinian prisoner release…

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  • The real problem with the prisoner release

    The problem is not that Israel releases Palestinian prisoners, but how few it releases. Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth gives its readers a daily question, argued by two competing op-eds. On Monday, the question had to do with the coming release of Palestinian prisoners as part of the government’s commitment to Secretary of State John Kerry. Journalist Merav Batito wrote in favor, while Hagai Segal was against freeing terrorists; readers were asked to vote on Facebook. Segal knows a thing or two about the issue -- he is, after all, a released terrorist. In the eighties, Segal was part of what was…

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