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Jerusalem/Brussels - The announcement of significant new Israeli settlement construction in East Jerusalem has put the spotlight on the city, but the changes it has undergone since 2000, when the parties first negotiated its fate, are far broader and have far deeper roots. (Full Story)
by Gallia Lindenstrauss, and Iftah Celniker, 

 It was one of the rare weeks since the outbreak of the Arab awakening that went well for Turkey. Between what was seen as a successful visit by Vladimir Putin to Istanbul on December 3, 2012 and NATO's approval the following day of the deployment of Patriot missiles in Turkey, it seemed as if Turkey was currently playing its cards right. (Full Story)

A shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday morning December 14, 2012, has left 27 people dead, including 18 children, according to various sources. (Full Story)
Cutting off funds run counter to Israel’s interests. Israel has no desire to control some two million Palestinians again, run their day-to-day affairs, see to their education, healthcare, and welfare needs. . Legally and morally Israel has obligations to the Palestinian population in the West Bank by virtue of controlling it. Steps damaging the welfare of the Palestinian population or constituting collective punishment of the Palestinians are illegal. (Full Story)
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Israeli plans for new settlements near East Jerusalem do not help efforts to bring about a two-state solution to the Palestinian crisis. Clinton also called on Egypt to do more to stop rocket smuggling into Gaza. (Full Story)
Barack Obama has won a second four-year term as president of the United States.  The Democratic incumbent defeated Republican Mitt Romney in Tuesday's U.S. presidential election.

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U.S. President Barack Obama has declared a "major disaster" in the state of New York, just hours after the massive storm named Sandy raked over Manhattan, flooding low-lying streets and wiping out power across much of New York City. (Full Story)
by Gabi Siboni and Sami Kronenfeld,

The recent statement by US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta about the need to confront Iranian cyber warfare waged against American targets highlights developments of the last two years regarding Iran's extended activity to construct defensive and offensive cyberspace capabilities. (Full Story)

To nobody's suprise, voters think former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was the winner in Wednesday's U.S. presidential debate, according to two overnight polls. (Full Story)
The United States ambassador to Libya and three embassy staff were killed after a mob angered over an amateur American-made short film that mocks Islam's Prophet Muhammad stormed the U.S. consulate in the eastern city Benghazi late Tuesday. (Full Story)
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