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Jerusalem correspondent of the Guardian and the Observer. Tweets my own. RTs not an endorsement. The usual drill.

Three-quarters of Israeli Jews oppose detail of Palestinian state, poll shows — A poll has found that 75% of Israeli Jews oppose the creation of a Palestinian state within the pre-1967 borders if it means withdrawing Israeli troops from the Jordan Valley. The survey, conducted by a rightwing thinktank headed by a political ally of the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, makes for stark reading, contradicting previous polls showing up to 60% of Israelis in favour of a two-state solution.

Ban Ki-moon takes on Netanyahu — The United Nations secretary general has strongly criticised Israeli settlement-building in a series of pointed remarks made in Jerusalem and Ramallah in which he challenged Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to show leadership and make compromises for peace.

Ban Ki-moon: Gaza is a source of shame to the international community — The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, described the destruction in Gaza from the recent conflict with Israel as "beyond description" and a source of "shame to the international community" as he visited the war-devastated coastal strip on Tuesday.

Israel condemns British MPs’ vote to recognise Palestinian state — Israel has condemned a vote by British MPs in favour of recognising a Palestinian state as "undermining chances for peace" as Britain's ambassador to Israel warned that the move reflected changing British public opinion. The non-binding vote, supported by 274 MPs with 12 voting against, follows a recent announcement by Sweden's new government that it will recognise a Palestinian state in the future.

MPs’ vote on Palestine state recognition is part of growing international trend — High-octane debates are nothing new in the tangled history of the Middle East's oldest conflict. But Monday's vote by British MPs on whether to recognize the state of Palestine comes at an unsually sensitive moment. And whatever its outcome - it is part of a growing international trend.

Gaza reconstruction plan ‘risks putting UN in charge of Israeli blockade’ — A UN-sponsored agreement for the reconstruction of Gaza is facing sharp criticism from senior international officials and NGOs, who say it will create a restrictive new monitoring regime for building materials that risks putting the UN in charge of a continuing Israeli blockade.

Devil and the deep blue sea: how Mediterranean migrant disaster unfolded — he first the crew of the Antarctica knew of the disaster was a radio request to help a search and rescue operation. There were bodies in the water 200 miles off the coast of Malta. Two other ships - the Verdi and the Japan - were already at the scene, picking people out of the sea.

Eight migrants die every day trying to reach richer countries, study reveals — Migrants trying to reach more prosperous countries have died at a rate of eight every day for the past 14 years, the majority of them trying to get to Europe, according to the most comprehensive ever tally of migrant deaths.

Mahmoud Abbas calls on UN to back deadline for Israeli withdrawal — The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has called on the United Nations security council to support a resolution setting a clear deadline for Israel's withdrawal from the occupied territories as he effectively declared the US-sponsored Oslo peace process over.

Fatah and Hamas agree deal for unity government to take control of Gaza — The two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, have reached a "comprehensive" agreement that would turn over the civil administration of Gaza immediately to officials of a Palestinian unity government led by President Mahmoud Abbas. The agreement, negotiated in Cairo, is designed to ease the long blockade of Gaza by Israel and Egypt and open the way to reconstruction of the war-ravaged coastal entity.
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RT @martinchulov: 'This could change the game' #Turkey to allow Kurdish peshmerga across its territory to fight in #Kobani

Oct 20, 2014

I had four month long trips to the Valley. Love the place. Can't wait to see Valley Uprising film via @YouTube

Oct 20, 2014

RT @Reuters: Israelis defy U.S. criticism, quietly expand enclave in Palestinian district of Jerusalem:

Oct 20, 2014

34 Years of Bono posing like Jesus - Saw U2 @ Futurama in Leeds in '80. Was this that put me off him for life.…

Oct 20, 2014

Amazing heartbreaking film: Death at sea: Syrian migrants film their perilous voyage to Europe – video

Oct 20, 2014

RT @Herring1967: If a white man can't sing a song in a jamaican accent about how immigrants shouldn't be let into the country without being called racist...

Oct 20, 2014

RT @AP_Oddities: Michigan sheriff says drunk woman mistook county jail for a bar: #odd

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