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As Secretary of State, John Kerry blamed Israel for lack of peace with Palestine: Reports

As Secretary of State, John Kerry blamed Israel for lack of peace with Palestine: Reports

World
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Israel's Channel 10 published recordings Tuesday of former Secretary of State John Kerry blaming Israel for the lack of peace between it and Palestine.The recordings are said to have been made during a conference in Dubai in 2016. Kerry is heard praising the Palestinian Authority for its commitment to nonviolence while the majority right-wing Israeli government refuses to engage in peace talks."The Palestinians have done an extraordinary job of remaining committed to nonviolence. And in fact when the [knife] intifada took place they delivered non-violence in the West Bank," Kerry said, referring to a wave of violence in 2015 through 2016, in which mostly Palestinian suspects attacked Israelis with knives."This is overlooked by the general [Israeli] population because it is ...
Israel Facebook: Mistranslated post creates security alert

Israel Facebook: Mistranslated post creates security alert

Technology
Israeli police arrested a Palestinian man last week after a Facebook post he made saying "good morning" in Arabic was mistranslated to read "attack them" in Hebrew, local media have reported. Police confirmed that the construction worker was briefly held under suspicion of incitement but was released as soon as the mistake was realised. The post showed a photo of the worker next to a bulldozer in the West Bank. Such vehicles have been used to attack Israelis in the past.There is only one difference in lettering between the colloquial Arabic phrase for "good morning to you all" and "hurt them", pointed out The Times of Israel. No Arabic-speaking officer was consulted before the arrest was carried out, say reports, with officers wholly dependent on Facebook's automatic translation.The post i...
Valero awarded $157M fuel contract for Israel

Valero awarded $157M fuel contract for Israel

Business
Oct. 16 (UPI) -- In a new deal struck between the Defense Logistics Agency and Valero Marketing and Supply Co., Pentagon officials announced Friday the allocation of $ 157 million to the Texas-based company in search of various types of fuel.The contract is designed to be a fixed-price in terms of base cost, but the deal does take into account economic-price-adjustments, so the totality of the contract can be adjusted upward or downward depending on external market factors.The contract acquisition was said to be competitive among the four defense contracting companies who submitted proposals to the Defense Department. The award is a one-year base contract with a one-year option period, plus a 30-day carryover. Work will occur in Texas, with a completion data of Sept. 30, 2017.The work comp...
Israel to join US in quitting Unesco

Israel to join US in quitting Unesco

World
Israel has said it will join the US in pulling out of the UN's cultural organisation Unesco, after US officials cited "anti-Israel bias".Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US decision as "brave and moral", a statement said.The agency is known for designating world heritage sites such as Syria's Palmyra and the US Grand Canyon.Unesco head Irina Bokova earlier called the US withdrawal a matter of "profound regret".The US withdrawal will become effective at the end of December 2018 - until then, the US will remain a full member. The US will establish an observer mission at the Paris-based organisation to replace its representation, the state department said.Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted he had instructed his foreign ministry to "prepare Israel's withdrawal... in ...
Israel to give equal adoption rights to same-sex couples

Israel to give equal adoption rights to same-sex couples

World
Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The Israeli government announced Sunday that it would amend the country's adoption laws to give same-sex couples equal rights when it comes to adopting children.The Association of Israeli Gay Fathers, along with the Israel Religious Action Center of the Reform movement, filed a lawsuit against the government after the Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs declared same-sex couples put an "additional burden" on children and opposed the practice, resulting in more barriers for same-sex couples to be approved for adoption.But during a Supreme Court hearing, the state said it would amend the law so that same-sex couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples, reported Haaretz. The legislation is expected to be introduced in 2018."The court recognized the merits of the ...