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Netanyahu, Obama to Meet at End of June


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet in Washington with President Obama at the end of the month.

Israeli officials told Jewish groups Tuesday that Netanyahu would be in the U.S. capital on June 28-29.

Netanyahu had been scheduled to meet with Obama last week, but was diverted by the fallout of Israel's deadly raid on a Turkish-flagged ship attempting to break Israel's blockade of Gaza.

Obama and Netanyahu both want to upgrade U.S.-brokered "proximity" talks between Israel and the Palestinians to direct talks.

Israel’s Navy Hits Terrorists at Sea


JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's Navy killed four men that it said were planning a terror attack at sea.

Early Monday morning, the Navy forces fired on Palestinians wearing diving suits off the coast of Gaza. The men were "on their way to perpetrate a terrorist attack," according to the Israel Defense Forces spokesman. No Israeli forces were hurt.

Obama: Use Flotilla Fallout to Push Peace


NEW YORK (JTA) -- President Obama reiterated his call for an investigation into the flotilla confrontation and urged parties in the Middle East to transform the situation into a chance to advance the peace process.

In an interview with Larry King on CNN Thursday, Obama called the loss of life on the boat "unnecessary" and predicted that the Israelis would agree to an "investigation of international standards" because they recognize that the current situation "can't be good for Israel's long-term security."

iPhone App Divides Jerusalem


(JTA) — Yahoo’s weather application for the iPhone has divided Jerusalem.

Users of the pre-installed application must now choose between “West Jerusalem” and “East Jerusalem, West Bank,” to get the weather for the city following a change that went into effect over the weekend. The temperature information for both choices is identical.

U.S. Wants ‘Full and Credible’ Israeli Inquiry Into Flotilla Clash


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Obama administration wants Israel to conduct a "full and credible" investigation into a clash that left nine people dead when Israel commandoes boarded a flotilla shipping aid to the Gaza Strip.

Washington JCRC to National Geographic: You’re All Wet on Water Exhibit


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A prominent Jewish umbrella organization rebuked National Geographic for "singling out and negatively portraying the State of Israel" in an exhibit dedicated to water.

The Jewish Community Relations Council sent a letter to National Geographic regarding an exhibition running through June 13 at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City, Calif.

Israel Bristles At Palestinian West Bank Settlement Products Boycott

Yesha council calls targeting of settlement goods ‘economic terror.’
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Israeli leaders have reacted harshly to a Palestinian boycott launched last Tuesday against products made in Israeli West Bank settlements, threatening to impose higher taxes on Palestinian-made goods and possibly blocking cash donations from European nations.

“It is unacceptable that the Palestinians are waging an economic war against us with the sense that everything is allowed,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quoted as telling a meeting of his Likud Party Monday.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad launched the boycott of West Bank goods last week. Getty Images

Obama Calls Abbas As Israeli-Palestinian Proximity Talks Begin


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama called  Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the outset of renewed Israeli-Palestinian talks.

"The President congratulated President Abbas on the start of Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks," a White House statement said Tuesday. "He reiterated his strong support for the establishment of an independent, viable Palestinian state living in peace and security with Israel."

Israel Steps Up Campaign Against ‘Incitement’

In bid to ease diplomatic pressure, government to launch index to monitor PA hate speech.


Jerusalem — In an effort to ratchet up international pressure on the Palestinian Authority to combat what the Netanyahu administration calls hatred against Israel as peace talks move forward, Israel plans to unveil this month an “Incitement Index,” The Jewish Week has learned.

Palestinians recently named a square for terrorist Dalal Mughrabi. Israel will now monitor incidents like these.

Israel Plans 'Incitement Index' To Measure Palestinian Compliance

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The Israeli government is expected to launch an Incitement Index this month, an effort to measure the level of action and rhetoric expressing hatred of Israel within the Palestinian Authority, The Jewish Week has learned.

"Since the Obama administration says the PA must be held accountable for incitement and terrorism, we want to make sure those issues get increased recognition and awareness in Washington and elsewhere," said a senior official of the Netanyahu government, who asked not to be named because the government decision has not been made officially.

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