Jeffrey Heller

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13 Nov 2018 | 11:32 PM

Gaza-Israel frontier calms as enemies warily cease fire

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian militants and Israel held their fire late on Tuesday following an Egyptian mediation effort, bringing a relative calm to the Gaza frontier after the fiercest rocket salvoes and air strikes since the 2014 war.

29 Oct 2018 | 8:20 PM

Israeli minister's mosque tour highlights diplomatic push in the Gulf

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli cabinet minister's visit to Abu Dhabi's grand mosque gave more momentum on Monday to Israel's diplomatic push in the Gulf, where it sees Arab states as its natural allies against regional powerhouse Iran.

21 Oct 2018 | 8:31 PM

Israel puts West Bank Bedouin village eviction on hold for several weeks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Sunday it would put on hold for "a number of weeks" its threatened razing of a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank amid international calls to drop the plan, saying it would try to negotiate an evacuation.

4 Oct 2018 | 4:04 PM

Germany's Merkel visits Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Head bowed, German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid homage in Jerusalem on Thursday to the six million Jews killed by the Nazis and said Germany had a responsibility to confront anti-Semitism and never to forget the Holocaust.

27 Sep 2018 | 5:41 PM

Egypt's Sisi urges peace talks restart at meeting with Israel's Netanyahu

JERUSALEM/CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for a resumption of Israel-Palestinian peace talks when he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Sisi's office said on Thursday.

13 Sep 2018 | 12:49 AM

Twenty-five years on, Oslo Accords peace hopes a fading memory

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - As Palestinians prepare to lower the flag over their shuttered mission in Washington, no one can predict when they will return to the city where just a quarter of a century ago a diplomatic triumph was celebrated on a sunlit White House lawn.

3 Sep 2018 | 7:30 PM

UNRWA chief defends refugee criteria for millions of Palestinians

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Millions of Palestinian refugees "cannot simply be wished away", the head of a U.N. support agency said on Monday, hitting back at a U.S. aid cutoff and allegations its work only perpetuates their plight.

20 Aug 2018 | 7:37 PM

Uri Avnery, first Israeli to meet Arafat, dies at 94

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Uri Avnery, a left-wing peace activist who in 1982 became the first prominent Israeli to meet in public with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, died on Monday in a Tel Aviv hospital. He was 94.

23 Jul 2018 | 9:22 PM

Boulder falls from Jerusalem's Western Wall, barely missing worshipper

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An elderly worshipper had a close call on Monday when a 100-kg (220 lb) stone suddenly fell from Jerusalem's Western Wall and crashed at her feet.

19 Jul 2018 | 5:55 PM

Hungary's Orban tells Israel that Jews in his country can feel safe

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a nationalist whose policies have raised concerns among Jews in his country, said on a visit to Israel on Thursday they should feel safe under his government.