African migrants walk on a road after leaving the Holot detention facility
African migrants walk on a road after leaving the Holot detention facility, Dec 15, 2013 Photo by Reuters
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The United States has accepted Israel's position that any peace agreement with the Palestinians must include recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, the London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat reported Tuesday morning, quoting senior Palestinian officials.

The European Union is pressuring Israel and the Palestinians to make progress in the peace talks. The five largest EU states told Israel on Monday that if it declares construction of new settlements after the planned release of Palestinian prisoners at the end of this month, and the talks collapse, Israel will be held responsible.

A suicide car bomb went off near a Hezbollah base in eastern Lebanon early on Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of deadly attacks that have targeted the Shiite militant group's interests in Lebanon.

Israel refrained from military retaliation to Sunday night’s fatal shooting of Master Sgt. Shlomi Cohen, but lodged an angry complaint with UNIFIL, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, and the Lebanese army. Monday at noon, IDF representatives, UNIFIL and Lebanese army officials joined an urgent meeting to discuss the incident on the border. The Lebanese army confirmed that the shooter was a soldier, who escaped from his unit after the event but turned himself in later, and was arrested.

The American Studies Association (ASA) isn’t ranked among the largest professional academic organizations in the US, nor is it considered to be one of the most influential, though some portray it as the most radical. In practical terms, its’ decision to boycott Israeli academic institutions may have only a negligible effect, if at all.

The Israel Police and Immigration Authority on Tuesday began forcing some 150 African migrants who had been demonstrating in Jerusalem to board buses back to the open detention center from which they began marching a day before.

A warning appeared on many Facebook accounts in Iraq last week: “The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant organization intends to attack English teachers.” It’s not clear why the group, which is an Al-Qaida offshoot that operates in Syria as well, chose Iraq’s English teachers as its target, though one Facebook user who got the warning surmised that “maybe they think English teachers teach the culture of Satan, and maybe they believe that only Christians teach English.”

Seventy-six people, including 28 children, were killed on Sunday when Syrian army helicopters dropped "barrel bombs" on the northern city of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday.