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  • **FILE** Palestinians chant slogans and wave national flags during a rally to mark the Quds Day in Gaza City on Aug. 2, 2013. The International Quds Day was inaugurated by the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979 to express solidarity with Palestinians and to oppose Zionism and Israel's control of Jerusalem. Quds is Arabic word for Jerusalem. (Associated Press)

    Palestinian head complains to U.S. of Israel's 'bad faith' in peace talks

    The main negotiator in the Palestinian peace process complained to Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday that Israel was mocking the talks by claiming interest in forging a deal while continuing settlement construction in disputed land areas.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, July 28, 2013. Mr. Netanyahu urged his skeptical coalition partners Sunday to agree to free Palestinian prisoners as part of U.S efforts to resume peace talks, calling the deal a "tough decision" that he took for the good of the country. (AP Photo/Ronen Zvulun, Pool)

    Israel agrees to free 104 Palestinian prisoners

    The Israeli Cabinet approved the release of 104 long-held Palestinian prisoners Sunday, clearing a hurdle toward a possible resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks after five years of paralysis.

  • Palestinian chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, speaks to The Associated Press at the World Economic Forum in Southern Shuneh, 34 miles (55 kilometers) southeast of Amman, Jordan, Saturday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

    Palestinian Authority negotiator: Israel's P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu to blame for peace failures

    The big holdup to peace between Palestinians and Israelis is Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said a leading negotiator for the Palestinian Authority on Monday.

  • ** FILE ** Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, and his wife, Ann, arrive in Gdansk, Poland, on Monday, July 30, 2012. (Associated Press)

    Romney endures tough road trip

    On a trip Mitt Romney hoped would impress America's allies, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee managed to anger the nation's potential adversaries — particularly Palestinian leaders, who felt Mr. Romney's comments during his trip to Israel smacked of racism.

  • Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, board their charter plane in Tel Aviv on July 30, 2012, as they prepare to travel to Poland. (Associated Press)

    Romney comments at fundraiser outrage Palestinians

    Mitt Romney told Jewish donors Monday that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, outraging Palestinian leaders who suggested his comments were racist and out of touch with the realities of the Middle East. Romney's campaign later said his remarks were mischaracterized.

  • **FILE** Yasser Arafat (Associated Press)

    Palestinian president approves Arafat autopsy

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has given his permission to exhume the remains of his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, a top aide said Monday, days after a Swiss institute reported finding elevated traces of a radioactive substance on the late leader's belongings.

  • Saeb Erekat (Associated Press)

    Palestinian leaders OK'd limited return of refugees

    According to the the Palestine Papers, a cache of 1,676 leaked documents from the PLO's Negotiatons Support Unit being made public by Al Jazeera this week, Saeb Erekat — chief negotiator for the PLO — and other Palestinian leaders effectively agreed in December to relinquish the "right of return" in the context of a final-status peace agreement with Israel.

  • **FILE** In this photo from Dec. 5, 2002, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (center) sits surrounded by members of his staff during a rally of his Ultra-Orthodox Shas party in Jerusalem. Yosef, an influential Israeli rabbi known for his vitriolic pronouncements against Arabs, said Palestinians and their leader should "perish from this world", Israeli army Radio said Sunday. (Associated Press)

    State Department condemns Israeli rabbi's remarks

    The State Department on Sunday condemned remarks by a prominent Israeli rabbi advocating divinely ordained death for the Palestinians and their leaders.

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