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    1. Israel frees impounded Palestinian funds

      AFP via Yahoo! NewsApr 20 14:45 PM

      Israel on Monday unblocked close to half a billion dollars it confiscated from Palestinian tax revenues since the beginning of the year, the Palestinian Authority said. The Palestinian finance ministry said it received 1.8 billion Israeli shekels ($460,000, 428,500 euros) and would from Wednesday pay December and January salary arrears to 180,000 civil servants, who have been on 60 percent pay...

    2. Israel said on Monday the drowning of hundreds of Africans off Libya's coast was tragic but validated its own policy of having buffered its land barriers with Africa to keep migrants away. Yisrael Katz, transport minister in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's outgoing cabinet, called the deaths in the Mediterranean a "tragedy that shocks all humanity" which also showcases Europe's difficulties...

    3. The mayor of Haifa, Israel's third largest city, Monday ordered municipal rubbish trucks to block access to a refinery and four petrochemical plants following a scare over high cancer rates. The standoff began Sunday when Mayor Yona Yahav ordered the revocation of the five firms' business licences after warnings linking high cancer rates in the area to air pollution. The issue, focusing on a ...

    4. Israel's Netanyahu given 14 more days to form govt

      AFP via Yahoo! NewsApr 20 3:13 AM

      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on Monday given a 14-day extension to form a new government as he struggles to build a coalition after four weeks of intensive talks. Such a move is far from unusual in Israel where it is almost unheard of for a single party to win an outright majority, and lengthy negotiations with multiple potential coalition partners are the norm. Following last...

    5. JERUSALEM/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Israel said on Saturday it would transfer $470 million of withheld tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority following talks between a senior Israeli military officer and Palestinian officials. In December, Israel began withholding around $130 million per month of taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinians after the Palestinian Authority announced ...

    6. Israel has agreed to release hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues and customs duties that it had withheld from the Palestinians for months, officials on both sides said Saturday.

    7. Israel, Palestinians Agree on Resuming Transfer of Tax Revenues

      Bloomberg via Yahoo! FinanceApr 18 8:06 AM

      Israel will release almost $500 million in Palestinian tax revenue after the two sides reached an agreement ending a four-month freeze. Israel suspended the funds in January to protest the Palestinians’ decision to join the International Criminal Court. Palestinians have threatened to seek charges against Israeli leaders for military and settlement activities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. “An...

    8. Israel, Palestinians agree on tax revenue transfer

      Associated Press via Yahoo! NewsApr 18 6:00 AM

      RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that he has reached an agreement with Israel in which essential tax revenues it collects for the Palestinians will be transferred following a four-month freeze.

    9. Arab journalist defiantly accepts Israeli honor

      Associated Press via Yahoo! NewsApr 20 8:32 AM

      JAFFA, Israel (AP) — When 14 Israelis light torches in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the country at Israel's splashy Independence Day ceremony on Thursday, Arab newscaster Lucy Aharish will stride across the stage in an act of defiance.

    10. Israel, Palestinians 'reach accord' on frozen taxes

      AFP via Yahoo! NewsApr 17 17:12 PM

      Israel has agreed to transfer in full hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes collected for the Palestinian Authority but frozen in a row over the International Criminal Court, the Palestinian premier said. Rami Hamdallah, in a statement from his office late Friday, said Israel pledged at a meeting with Palestinian officials to hand over the taxes collected between December and March, amounting...

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