Jerusalem residents attack Elie Wiesel over appeal to Obama

An extraordinary row has broken out between Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor, author and Nobel peace prize winner, and a group of Jewish residents of Jerusalem over who speaks for the future of the disputed city. Wiesel prompted the argument with an open letter to Barack Obama appealing for him not to “politicise” differences over […]

Turkish PM: ‘If Jerusalem burns the ME & the world would burn’

Lebanon Speaker Nabih Berri interrupted Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he delivered a speech before the committee of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in Istanbul to applaud him. Berri interrupted Erdogan halfway through his speech and stood among the 28 leaders attending the conference to applaud the Turkish premier when Erdogan said […]

Netanyahu again rejected US calls to halt construction in occupied East Jerusalem

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has again rejected US calls to halt construction in occupied East Jerusalem. He was speaking as US Middle East envoy George Mitchell arrived in the region to try to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. It is his first visit since a row broke out between Israel and the US over home construction […]

Arab Summit to raise $500 million for Jerusalem

Egypt on Thursday proposed that the Arab League summit in Libya be called “The Jerusalem Summit,” in light of the tensions in the region over continued Israeli construction in East Jerusalem. The Palestinians and other Arab League members hope to make East Jerusalem, which Israel annexed after the 1967 Middle East war, the capital of […]

Obama tells Netanyahu: US Wants ‘Steps to Build Confidence’

U.S. President Barack Obama has asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take “steps that build confidence” in the Middle East peace process. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday the president and Mr. Netanyahu had “honest and straightforward” talks about regional security, comprehensive peace efforts and the relationship between the U.S. and Israel.

Lebanon president condemns Israeli escalation of violence

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman condemned on Monday the state of Israel for attacking Palestinians at one of Islam’s holiest sites, the al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem and called for international action to stop acts that prevent achievement of peace in the region. On Sunday several Palestinians were arrested after Israeli security forces entered the al-Aqsa […]