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In meeting with Netanyahu, Obama calls to
change Israeli-Palestinian ‘status quo’

PM Netanyahu leaving White House, Oct 1, 2014. Photo/Koenig

With a display of mutual empathy and support, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama held their first meeting Wednesday since the collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the summer’s 50-day Israel-Hamas war.

Obama noted that Israel was facing a “a very turbulent neighborhood” and reaffirmed “the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel.” Netanyahu praised Obama’s leadership against Islamic State terror, and his firm backing for Israel.

At a brief press appearance before their formal meeting, marked by warm body language, smiles and firm handshakes, Obama said the US was proud of its role in saving Israeli lives via the Iron Dome rocket defense sytem, as rockets from Gaza poured into Israel.

Obama said new efforts were needed to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “We have to find ways to change the status quo so that both Israeli citizens are safe in their own homes, and schoolchildren in their schools … but also that we don’t have the tragedy of Palestinian children being killed as well,” Obama said.

Netanyahu to tell Obama:
Don't reward Iran for role in Islamic State fight

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to Jewish leaders in U.S. September 30, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday at 6 P.M. Israel time. Senior officials in Netanyahu’s entourage said he will use the White House meeting to tell Obama that the international war against Islamic State must not result in concessions to Iran in the ongoing negotiations over its nuclear program.

The prime minister told U.S. Jewish leaders on Tuesday that he also intends to raise with Obama the possibility of bringing Arab states into the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, a proposal he made in his speech this week before the UN General Assembly.

The two men last met seven months ago. Wednesday’s meeting is expected to be very brief compared to their earlier ones. Only an hour and a quarter has been allocated to it, and it won’t be followed by a joint luncheon. At the start of the meeting, both leaders are expected to deliver short statements for the media, but will not answer questions.

Islamic State militant in Vice interview:
We won't stop until we crucify Netanyahu

An Islamic State militant vowed in a video interview with Vice News that the group will not stop fighting until they crucify Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"When we crucify Benjamin Netanyahu for his war crimes, maybe, maybe that's when we'll stop," the militant, purportedly the 21-year-old Somali-Canadian Abu Usamah Somali, told Vice News founder Shane Smith via a video link from Iraq.

Farah Shirdon, who now sports the nom de guerre Abu Usamah Somali, first came into the limelight in April when an Islamic State video of him surfaced supposedly burning his Canadian passport and pledging allegiance to the militant group.

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Abbas spokesman says he’s ‘ready for historic compromise’

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is ready for a historic compromise for peace, his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said on Monday.

After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fiery response to Abbas’s UN speech last week in which the PA leader accused Israel of conducting a “war of genocide” in Gaza, Abu Rudeineh said that the solution must be based on UN resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative, Israel Radio reported.

He also said the solution would have to include a Palestinian state with a capital in East Jerusalem, an immediate end to settlement activity, and the lifting of the blockade in Gaza

Abbas woos his home crowd, alienates Israel, ‘fires’ the US

Fatah official:
Palestinians who sold homes to Jews
in east Jerusalem should die

Israeli police guarded Jewish settlers as they moved into seven homes in a Palestinian neighborhood of east Jerusalem on Tuesday.

The homes in Silwan, which sits in the shadow of Jerusalem's Old City, were purchased by Elad, a pro-settlement group that uses funds from Jewish supporters in the United States and elsewhere to buy properties in Palestinian districts.

Tuesday's move was the largest purchase of homes in Silwan since the process began in the neighborhood in 1986, taking to 26 the number of Jewish-owned properties, local officials said. Around 90 Jewish families, totaling 500 people, live in Silwan among some 50,000 Palestinians. Israeli police protect them.

"This is a government by the settlers for the settlers," said Saeb Erekat, the Palestinians' chief peace negotiator, calling the move an attempt to erase Palestinian identity.

Islamic State and Nusra Front move toward
alliance amid coalition strikes in Syria

Islamic State is moving toward an alliance with the Nusra Front, the largest Al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, as a U.S.-led coalition continues strikes against IS positions in the northeastern part of the country.

Nusra Front, or Jabhat al-Nusra, has been facing mounting pressure from its own members to reconcile with its rival and form a united front against the air strikes, which began in Syria last week, after the American fight against Islamic State began in Iraq in August.

Joining forces with IS would require Nusra Front members to pledge loyalty to the group, which has declared a caliphate in territory it controls in those countries. This would effectively put an end to the Nusra Front, fighters in the group say.


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President Obama Reaffirms His Intention to Promote Arab-Israeli Peace

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Israel Will ‛Make Its Own Judgment’ on Iran Talks

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