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Fifa president Sepp Blatter (R on the picture with Israeli PM Netanyahu in Jerusalem) proposes Israel v Palestine ‘peace match’

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at a press conference alongside EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, in Jerusamlem on Wedneday.
“We want a peace that would end the conflict once and for all … I don’t support a one-state solution, I don’t believe that’s a solution at all, I support the vision of two states for two peoples.I support … a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state – and I look forward to discussing … how we can advance that vision forth in a practical, secure, and responsible way.”
Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende in a meting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday.
''International pressure on Israel over the Palestinian issue will resume once Iran and the six world powers sign their expected nuclear deal at the end of June.''

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London Police says they are 'powerless' to stop an anti-Semitic demonstration planned in Golden Greens

By Yossi Lempkowicz LONDON (EJP)---Police told the Jewish community in Britain that they are powerless legally to stop a planned demonstration by anti-Semitic and extreme-right groups “against Jewish privilege” in Golders Green, the heart of northwest London’s Jewish community, on July 4, the first Shabbat o... Full Article

Mogherini ‘glad to hear’ Netanyhu’s commitment to two states for two peoples

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---‘’I am glad to hear his commitment to two states. EU ready to help,’’ EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini tweeted Wednesday night after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.   Netanyahu publicly pledged his support for the ... Full Article

Israel's Deputy FM to Mogherini: Israel is committed to a diplomatic process with the Palestinians but it is the Palestinians who abandoned US-led negotiations a year and a half ago

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---In order for a diplomatic process to take place Palestinians need to return to the negotiating table and not take unilateral steps against Israel in the international arena, newly appointed Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely told visiting EU foreign affairs chie... Full Article

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By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---During a visit to Israel, the chief  of the football’s world governing body, FIFA, Sepp Blatter, said “football is more than a game. It has the power to connect people and to construct bridges,” as part of an attempt to broker a compromise which would fend off Palestinia... Full Article

As Mogherini starts her visit to Jerusalem, monitoring group analyses EU’s ‘biased’ report on Israel

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Pope Francis didn't call Abbas an 'angel of peace'

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Anti-Semitism in the UK at the agenda of EU parliament

By Yossi Lempkowicz STRASBOURG (EJP)---The rise of anti-Semitic incidents in the UK will be discussed Wednesday at the monthly meeting of the European Parliament delegation for relations with Israel. The meeting, which takes place during the plenary session of the parliament in Strasbourg, will be chaired by Ita... Full Article

Israeli Minister Silvan Shalom appointed by Netanyahu as responsible for peace talks with the Palestinians

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM/BRUSSELS (EJP)---A day before the arrival of EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini in Israel, as part of a European push to play a major role in restarting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly handed Silvan Shalom, the ne... Full Article