Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas walks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas walks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a welcoming ceremony for Putin in the West Bank town of Bethlehem June 26, 2012. Photo by Reuters
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Visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin praised his Palestinian counterpart Tuesday for what he said was a "responsible" position in negotiations with Israel, frozen for nearly four years, and said Russia has no problem recognizing a Palestinian state.

Israel began evicting the residents of the Ulpana neighborhood in the Beit El settlement early on Tuesday morning, under a plan which will see 33 families  evacuated to a temporary neighborhood prepared inside a military base.

Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino on Tuesday accused activists that participated in Saturday's social protest that the violence and law infractions that occurred were premeditated.

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The Judea and Samaria District Police arrested three ultra-Orthodox men overnight Monday on suspicion of desecrating the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial with anti-Zionist slogans two weeks ago.

Prominent Israeli author Sami Michael said the country's discriminatory attitude toward Mizrahi Jews and Arabs qualifies it for the title of "most racist state" in the developed world.

Twelve Israel Defense Forces soldiers and junior career officers have been arrested for trafficking in drugs worth some NIS 800,000, according a report released on Monday. The arrest sweep is one of the largest ever in the IDF.

Turkey will treat any Syrian military units which approach its border as a threat and a military target, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

A Border Police officer charged with causing the death of a 10-year-old Palestinian boy in the West Bank four years ago claims that although he was in a bullet-proof vehicle, he felt he had to respond after stones were thrown at the car.