Israel Hayom newspaper has claimed that US Secretary of State John Kerry has given up his wide-ranging peace plan and replaced it with "a gradual multi-step peace plan between Israel and the Palestinian Authority". Kerry has, senior Israeli officials have revealed, also asked the European Union to "step back ... from its peace seeking efforts" and follow the American plan that entails gradual work, as he wants the Israeli and Palestinian governments to establish trust between them.
Kerry replaces peace plan with phased proposals
- 13 June 2013
Washington recommends extra $488 million in military aid to Israel
- 11 June 2013
The US House of Representatives Armed Services Committee approved on Monday to grant Israel a $488 million increase in military aid. The additional amount is for the development of Israel's rocket and missile interception systems.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that a US Congress defence authorisation bill was approved last week, through which "the US will allocate another $268 million to Israel in 2014 for the development of two interception systems: the Arrow 3, which intercepts long-range missiles, and the Magic Wand, which intercepts medium-range missiles."
'Students Against Israeli Apartheid' interrupt Ehud Olmert in Washington
- 06 June 2013
Below is a statement from the 'Students Against Israeli Apartheid':
On 4th June, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert visited Washington D.C.'s Woodrow Wilson Centre to offer a so-called "moderate" perspective on Middle East affairs and the Palestinian-Israeli impasse. A coalition of Palestinian justice activists from the DC area, led by George Mason University, Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA), were there to interrupt Olmert and challenge the Wilson Centre's complicity with settler colonialism, apartheid and the on-going normalisation of the Israeli occupation. Making clear that no Zionist presence is welcome in the DC metropolitan area, the activists interrupted Olmert throughout the event, discrediting the supposed "peace plan" he has been presenting as a viable solution.
68 per cent of Americans oppose military intervention in Syria
- 05 June 2013
According to a poll conducted by Gallup research institute, the majority of Americans are against their country's military involvement in Syria.
The poll's results, which were published last Friday, also indicated that 68 per cent of Americans say that the U.S. should not use any military force in an attempt to end the civil war in Syria, even if diplomatic and economic efforts fail to resolve the conflict.